April 3, 1947
Fanned by high winds, a two-alarm fire that started today on the kitchen roof of the Melody Lane Cafe (5351 Wilshire Blvd.) spread to five other businesses and did extensive damage to their second stories. Affected were the storerooms of the Pig 'n Whistle candy and pastry shop (5353), Randall Optomotrist (5355), McKlernan's Fashions (5357), Horton & Converse Pharmacy (5359) and Staber's Beauty Salon (5361). Fire Captain Noble Swanson suffered back injuries and abrasions when a section of roof collapsed, and damages to McKlernan's store alone were estimated by owner M. J. McKlernan at $30,000, despite rubber blankets laid down by firemen.