Way Back When: Mysterious Fire in the Night
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By Betsy J. Green
What was causing the flames out on the Channel in May 1918? “The belief was still so strong late at night that a ship was on fire, that a government tug started out to investigate … by daylight, the fire and smoke could plainly be seen on [Santa Cruz] island.” The fire burned for a week and a half.