On April 22, 1936, the main building at the Wallace Lumber Company was completely gutted, leaving an estimated damage of $25,000. Paint and oil among other things added to the inferno which the smoke eaters of the Apollo Fire Companies and George G. McMurtry Fire Department of Vandergrift battled to control. Plate glass, electrical supplies, plumbing, and hardware supplies, salvaged from the March 17 flood only a month earlier, were destroyed by the flames. A frame house across the alley at the rear of the building was endangered by the fire and the family of Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Gabrielli were forced to move across the st5reet. Several sections of hose were destroyed by the fire, but were replaced by Apollo Borough Council.