8 Alarm Fire at Stembler and Ford Lumber
About mid-day, units were dispatched for a building fire at the Stembler & Ford Lumber Company, located on the corner of Central Avenue and 57th Avenue (now Larchmont Avenue). Units arrived on the scene to find heavy fire conditions throughout the property. Crews worked for several days to extinguish the fire and to protect nearby homes. The 8 alarm fire brought 16 companies from Prince George’s County and 3 from the District of Columbia. Twenty-five (25) firefighters suffered from exhaustion and smoke inhalation. Fire Chief Joseph LiCalzi was the incident commander. County Fire Marshal Lawrence Woltz estimated the fire loss at $450,000.