Town Square

Post a New Topic

For some, a 1965 fire still burns

Original post made on Aug 26, 2011

Retired Mountain View firefighters and their families are still feeling the effects of the massive blaze at the Jasco chemical plant in 1965. Mountain View firefighters to this day look back on the fire as a major lesson for the department.



Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 26, 2011, 1:45 PM

Comments (3)

Posted by tommygee54, a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I remember this incident from time to time. In 1965 I was in the 4th grade when this incident took place. I came home from school (as we lived near Terra Bella) and my father was talking about this massive fire at the chemical plant. And from his incessant talking about this, Jasco Chemical Plant has etched itself into my mind. I am sorry to find out that those that fought the fire came down with certain forms of cancer.


Posted by Proofreader, a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 26, 2011 at 8:36 pm

"fires in the pasts" should be "fires in the past"
"heard from miles around" should be "heard for miles around"

Unlike other Voice stories, there are lots of characters ("smart-quotes") in this article that only display on Windows computers or those that have certain special fonts installed.


Posted by JJ, a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Did firefighters who fought this fire come down with cancer at a rate that was higher than firefighters in general? I imagine that they generally have higher cancer rates and it can't be traced to a single incident.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

On Tour at Selective Schools: Chapman, La Verne, Redlands, Whittier
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 1,887 views

The dress code
By Jessica T | 17 comments | 1,761 views

. . . People will never forget how you made them feel.
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,145 views

September food and drink goings on
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 1,070 views

Camp Glamp
By Laura Stec | 6 comments | 950 views