Fire Chief Injured in Blaze

Jan. 24, 1913, Hotel Fire

1913 Fire

A lot of five photos showing the Jan. 23, 1913, fire at the Los Angeles Wallpaper and Paint Co., 529 S. Main St., has been listed on EBay. The blaze injured Fire Chief Archibald “Archie” J. Eley and 18 men, The Times said. Eley recovered from his injuries and upon retirement from the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1919, worked for a Hollywood studio. He died June 4, 1943, in Thousand Oaks at the age of 78.

500 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, Calif.
The 500 block of South Main Street via Google’s Street View. The fire was approximately across the street from what is now the Nickel Diner.

Photo No. 1 | Photo No. 2 | Photo No. 3 | Photo No. 4 | Photo No. 5

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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1 Response to Fire Chief Injured in Blaze

  1. Good to see how in the old days a “Leader” lead his troops into battle!
    Always enjoy before & after views.
    Every time u refer to eBAY it reminds me of how often I forget to ck out what’s available from a local history perspective! 😦


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