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Pages of History: American flag unscathed in house blaze

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1951.

While other local residents consider the danger of invasion by Communist troops through Crescent City’s harbor, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Britchgi of Malone Road today had good reason to believe the American flag is indestructible.

Digging into the ashes of their home, which was completely leveled by fire recently, they recovered only one thing, the large flag they always hung outside their home on holidays and when their son was in service.

The flag was slightly soiled by water and ashes but otherwise was undamaged. Strangely, the cedar chest in which it was placed was destroyed.

The Britchgis are temporarily living in outbuildings on their property. Their plans for the future are as yet undecided.

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