Washington, DC Treasury Building Fire, Feb 1922

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Treasury Roof on Fire

U.S. TREASURY ON FIRE THIS AFTERNOON.

FIRE STILL RAGING AT 4 O'CLOCK -- FIREMEN THOUGHT THEY WOULD CONTROL IT.

Washington, Feb. 8. -- Fire which broke out on the roof of the United States Treasury building here late today threatened to reach the test room of the Prohibition Bureau, where explosive chemicals are stored.
The fire was still raging at 4 o'clock and firemen were making strenuous efforts to prevent its reaching the chemical store room.
Firemen, however, believed they would have the fire under control within a short time.
The fire, breaking out suddenly in the roof of the historic structure, apparently started by a gas blow torch of workmen engaged in building another roof on top of the building.
Hundreds of girl clerks rushed out in a panic. Some were scratched and bruised in their efforts to escape.
The treasury, whose vaults are packed with millions of dollars in currency and gold and silver bullion, is in the heart of the nation's capital and all the fire apparatus in the city was summoned to the scene.

Moberly Evening Democrat Missouri 1922-02-08

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FIRE ON TREASURY ROOF THREATENS NATION'S MILLIONS.

Washington, Feb. 8 -- Blazing scaffolding and repair materials, accompanied by the explosion of a barrel of kerosene, on the roof of the Treasury building threatened the structure for half an hour late today until the fire was brought under control with nearly every engine company in the downtown section in action. A blue print laboratory and a small contractor's shack on the roof were destroyed. Treasury officials estimated that the damage was slight.
The millioins of dollars of the nation's treasure stored in the building was guarded by a cordon of United States marines and secret service men.
No one was injured and no valuable blue prints were destroyed, it was said. The roof has been under repair for several months.

The Bridgeport Telegram Connecticut 1922-02-09