The tunnel fire destroyed inner walls and the ceiling for a distance of 600 feet. Ten large trucks were completely burned. Thirteen other trucks were partially damaged. Authorities later called it “miraculous” that most of the passenger cars and buses in the tunnel were not involved. Three bus loads of children were stopped at the entrance of the tunnel when the fire occurred. In total, ten trucks were destroyed, dozens of cars lost, and 600 feet of tunnel was badly damaged. The fire caused $1 million in damages or an estimated $7.5 million in today’s dollars.

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