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Three buildings destroyed by 1938 explosion

Three buildings destroyed by 1938 explosion

Dec. 9, 1938: Explosion at Slauson and Boyle Avenues destroyed a cafe, garage and service station. A large truck, on left, also was wrecked.

This photo was published in the Dec. 10, 1938 Los Angeles Times. The accompanying story explained:

An unexplained explosion and fire early yesterday destroyed a restaurant, garage, service station and a tank-truck and trailer at Slauson and Boyle Aves.

The loss was placed at approximately $25,000.

The blast, which broke windows a block away and was heard for several miles in every direction, flung heavy refrigerators from the kitchen of the cafe, wrecked the buildings and led to a fire which destroyed the three properties and damaged the Jackson Iron Works, adjoining.

Oddly, nobody was injured, although there were several persons present with the blast occurred. …

Dec. 9, 1938: Explosion at Slauson and Boyle Avenues destroyed a cafe, garage and service station. A large truck, on left, was wrecked. Windows a block away were broken.

Dec. 9, 1938: A second unpublished view of wreckage at Slauson and Boyle Avenues following an explosion. Credit: Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive/UCLA.

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1 Comment

  1. November 3, 2015, 4:58 am

    An LA Fitness now occupies the site of the explosion. The Baash Ross warehouse across the street is now Apex Kitchen and Bath Supply, occupying the same building. Thanks for posting another set of pictures from the past, Scott.

    By: cubuffalo

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