Military Response to Disasters
Ocean Park Fire, 3 September 1912
The Ocean Park Pier on fire, 3 September 1912 (Los Angeles Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library)

On September 3, 1912, Companies A, C, E and F, and Detachment, Hospital Corps, 7th Infantry Regiment (now the 160th Infantry Regiment), were called out to preserve order at Ocean Park, Los Angeles County, California, where a great contlagrntion had started, where several lives were lost, and nine blocks of business and residential property were burned down. The Mayor of Los Angeles and officials of Ocean Park called upon the Acting Governor for help, stating that approximate 60,000 sightseers and adventurers had rushed in and overrun the town, while the fire was in progress, and that the legal authorities had lost all control of the situation.
It was stated that looting had commenced and immediate help was needed. A provisional battalion consisting of Companies A, C, E, F, and Detachment, Hospital Corps, 7th Infantry Regiment, were at once dispatched to the scene of the fire and remained on duty from two to six days, until the regularly constituted authorities were able to handle the situation.
This history was completed in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in conjunction with the California National Guard and the California State Library.
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