Look Back: Fire Chief Joseph W. Morgan, 1943
Date: 3/19/2012 Album ID: 1431607
Photos by Post-Dispatch staff photographers
by Tim O'Neil --- The fire began in a waste-paper shredding machine. It flashed quickly through old clothing, furniture and other goods stacked inside the Goodwill Industries building at 713 Howard Street. As Fire Chief Joseph W. Morgan stepped along on the second-floor escape platform, the wall collapsed into a jumble of brick, heavy timber and billowing mortar dust. Morgan was, and is, the only St. Louis fire chief to be killed in action since the department was established in 1857.