Los Angeles Fire Department
In Memory of
Fireman Monroe C. Karn
Engine Company 54
Appointed April 1, 1924
Died July 21, 1944
6700 West Boulevard
At 11:33 p.m. on March 28, 1944, Engine 54
a fire in a large market. All members suffered severe exposure
to ammonia fumes, heat and smoke. Karn went off-duty ill
April 1 and died July 21.
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Fireman Monroe C. Karn of Engine 54 died as a result of
one of the war time fires. His company was first-due
at a 11:23 p.m., March 28, 1944, telephone alarm to a
large market owned by George Schaeffer at 6700 West
Boulevard. Karn and members of his company laid 450
feet of hose while attacking the stubborn fire with
greater alarm companies. Engine 54 firemen suffered
severe exposure to ammonia fumes, heat and smoke during
the ling battle. Karn, ill, went off-duy and died
July 21; probably from complications arising from exposure
to the ammonia.
Engine Company No.
5730 South Crenshaw Blvd.
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