November 23rd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1921, Los Angeles and Seal Beach realtor F. L. Flack’s $12,000 home at Seal Way and Dolphin Avenue burned to the ground while members of the Seal Beach Fire Department watched helplessly.

The cause of their helplessness was due to the department’s fire truck being stuck in wet sand. The water pressure from the city’s mains had been insufficient to fight the flames, so the firemen drove the fire truck on to the beach in hopes get an adequate supply of water from the ocean. A service car from a local garage attempted to pull the truck from the sand, but it also became stuck. Ultimately four teams of horses managed to pull both vehicles from the sand, but by that time the teams were done, the house had been consumed completely by flames.

– Michael Dobkins

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