On This Day in FFD History

May 23, 2016 Events  No comments

13235605_1393281270697721_6521379639901278270_oOn This Day In FFD History

This photo shows the early stages of the fire that destroyed the large brick depot of the Western Maryland Railway Company (WMRC) on May 23, 1960. When firefighters arrived around 3:00 am, the center portion of the structure was in flames. Explosions wracked the building as oil, gasoline and other incendiary material burned.

Not used as a depot since the WMRC took over the C&P Railroad, it had been a warehouse for track maintenance materials.

The fire was thought to be intentionally set by intruders. According to Deputy State Fire Marshal Jess Jacobs, William Platter, a Frostburg bakery owner, was on his way to work when he saw the flames. He also stated that the doors were open.

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