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in critical condition in the Allegany Hospital, and her brother, Jesse W. Brotemarkle, age 23, was suffering from severe burns about his face and hands as the result of an explosion early the morning before which set fire to the young woman's clothing and to the Brotemarkle home at 715 Virginia Avenue. The fire destroyed nine rooms of the eleven room house. The contents of the nine rooms were also destroyed.

On May 11, 1939, eighteen families were driven into the street as firemen battled a stubborn blaze at the corner of Virginia and Laing Avenues. The blaze broke out just before 3:00 PM and the wind carried the fire through the apartments over Keech's Drugstore, and through the second story apartments in the adjoining tenement house. The buildings were of pine board construction. The Keech Drugstore contents were damaged by water.

On Saturday evening, April 15, 1918, just as a torpedo which had been dropped from an aeroplane for experimental purposes was shown on the screen at the Leader Theatre on Virginia Avenue, the floor of the movie house started to sink in the center and before anyone in the audience could escape, it had slowly sunk a distance of ten feet into the basement below. The picture being shown was a movie news weekly known as "Reel Life" and just as the torpedo struck a ship and it began to go to the bottom, the floor did the same. The accident happened at about 9:10 just as the second picture of the second show was going to be put on the screen. The floor started to collapse, first near the center, and it was nearly a half minute before it reached the cellar. The floor broke near the entrance when it was falling, leaving the last two rows about ten feet from the cellar. The rest of the ruins were shaped like a dish. The floor was in a slanting position from the entrance to the screen. At the


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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