It was a difficult job on Oct. 21, 1972,when a 3-alarm fire destroyed the Kar Gard muffler shop at 2100 South Limestone St., Springfield, Ohio.
Firefighters advanced a 2-1/2 inch line onto the roof by ground ladder (photo) but were forced back.
Flames scorched the tip of their ladder before it could be removed.
The roof collapsed and sent parts of the second floor crashing down, according to Capt. Calvin E. Roberds in the book "From Buckets to Diesels."