Richards Manufacturing Company

Fourth & Cannon Ave.

January 23,1974 10:21 P.M.

When the first engine arrived fire had rapidly spread through the building causing the second floor
and parts of the roof to collapse. The fire went to seven alarms in the first 15 minutes with over
200 fireman, who would remain on the scene throughout the night. Six volunteer fireman were

injured. Damage was estimated to be $2 million plus.The cause of the fire was latter ruled