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MAIN STREET OF THE 1930s
 
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Main Street, looking north
 
 

This old photograph of Main Street shows the F.W. Woolworth Company 5 & 10 Cent Store, McLellan Stores Co. 5 Cent to 1 Dollar, and The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, later know simply as A&P Grocery. Today Fajita Grill and Full Court Press occupy this space.

In the photo people are standing around, looking into the store fronts, where the rubble and damage caused by the fire of February 14, 1934 can be seen.

As reported in the Portland Press Herald,  a fire at the McLellan 5 and 10 Cent Store was called in at 7 PM on the night of February 14th, 1934.   It was believed to have been caused by an explosion in an oil burner. The fire raged for several hours before it was declared under control at 1:30 AM.  However, a little after 4 AM the fire broke out again and Portland Fire Department had to be called in to assist in containing it. By the time the fire was finally extinguished, on the morning of February 15th, there was 5 inches of water in the basement of the 3 stores. McLellan's main floor had fallen in and the store sustained extensive damage.  Woolworth and the market at the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company had escaped the first fire with just  smoke and water damage but by the time the 2nd fire was ut,  there was complete destruction of the entire block.

 
 

Reports of this fire, and of many otheres, can be found in many of our scrap books and in the Westbrook Fire Department Collection..

 
 

References: Scrapbook Collection

 
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