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Fire Safety Engineer Points out Wooden Shingles on L.A. Homes

Nov. 10, 1961 - A fire safety engineer, flown from Boston to the scene of major fires in the Los Angeles area, reported today that wood shingles had been a factor in the destruction. Mr. Percy Bugbee said, “Firefighters at the scene report in many instances fire spread spread so rapidly over a wood shingle roof that the home could not be saved. In contrast, fire-resistant roofing frequently gave them a chance to knock down the blaze before serious damage was done.” Mr. Bugbee said “the prevalence in this area of combustible roofing materials, which are banned in most sections of the country, added substantially to the losses in this disaster, the worst to hit California since San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire.”


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