When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois

129.  FIRE LOG 1965       

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1965 EVENTS

 

April 5- Lindley Chevrolet Quonset building fire, W. of Charleston near Coles County Fair Grounds

June 29- Former fireman and Captain, Harold "Buck" Fleming dies at age 58 (1907-65)

 

JANUARY 3, 1965 FIRE AT HUBERT MANNING RESIDENCE
       This Sunday would be a busy day for CFD men. Firemen were called Sunday morning at 9:30 A.M. to 629 1/2 18th Street to the home of Hubert Manning "where a short in the •wiring created a fire in an upstairs bedroom. A mattress along with the wall and floor were damaged by the fire and there was also considerable smoke damage.

 

FIREMEN INJURED BATTLING CHURCH FIRE

       The Nazarene Church, 14th and Monroe streets, suffered heavy damage in a fire Sunday, January 3, 1965. The blaze took firemen nearly 3 1/2 hours to extinguish. The building was almost totally destroyed and two firemen slightly injured. Fire Chief George Milliner and Captain Stanley Pearcy entered the attic of the building through a window and were battling the fire when the ceiling collapsed dropping the men 12 feet and trapping them in fallen debris. The two were trapped for nearly ten minutes before fellow firemen could dig them out. Milliner and Pearcy "were taken to the Charleston Hospital for treatment of bruises and released. Fire officials said on Monday the cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation. A new-church was being constructed behind the old building that burned.