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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – June 14th, 1930

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Fire Burns behind Borghi’s Store on Richmond Rd.

Susanville Battles Fire Which Destroys Buildings And Is Menace to Town
Property Burning at City Limits: Large Loss Reported
Ice Company Plant, Store, Restaurant, Fuel Yard and Homes in Ashes
Control of Conflagration Hinged This Afternoon On One Structure
The fire was checked at three o’clock. Loss estimated at $1000, 000. Lack of fire hydrants hampered the firefighters.
June 14, 1930

One of the most destructive fires to visit Susanville in several years was raging this afternoon just at the edge of the city limits and a large force of men including the firefighting equipment of the Lassen Lumber & Box Company was trying at two o’clock to check the flames.

Because the fire was outside the city limits, the Susanville fire department did not respond to the alarm.

At two o’clock, the Union Ice company’s plant, the Borghi grocery store, the China restaurant, the lumber yard owned by the late Paul Quigley, the Quigley apartment house with all its contents, the Red River Lumber Company’s sub-station and two dwelling houses, had been destroyed.

The office equipment of Quigley’s lumber company was saved but all the remaining contents of the apartment house in which the office was located was burned.

At two o’clock the fire was confined to a two-story building and if that is saved then it would be expected the fire would be checked on its advance towards the town of Susanville. All the property destroyed is on the Richmond road south of Susanville.

The fire started in a small shed in the rear of the Borghi store. No water was available to fight it and it spread rapidly.

The two houses burned included the Staup residence and the Dr. Cooley residence.

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6 Responses to LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – June 14th, 1930

  1. Judith Lowry

    Judith Lowry

    Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Is that where the Aardvark Pizza Parlor was in the late 70’s?

  2. Cecilia M. Lain

    Cecilia M. Lain

    Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Where was this?

  3. Patty Mccormick

    Patty Mccormick

    Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Wow thanks for sharing

  4. Donna Dotson Makee

    Donna Dotson Makee

    Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Did they ever find the person or persons that murdered Jenny Borghi?

    • Sandra Mills

      Sandra Mills

      Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      I hope so…always liked her and brother Joe.

  5. Sandra Mills

    Sandra Mills

    Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 5:29 am

    I remember getting penny candy there by turning in pop bottles, when Jenny Borghi had the store and bar.

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