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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, January 30, 2001

January 30, 2001

50 years ago — El Centro's World War II air raid horn, which came down earlier from the old fire station, went up at the new fire station. A decision on whether to install a second signal at the eastside fire station will be made at the next City Council meeting.

40 years ago — Arson was suspected as the cause of three El Centro fires Sunday. They resulted in at least $150,000 damage and 10 persons were hospitalized with possible parathion poisoning.

30 years ago — The year's second rabid skunk was killed Jan. 18 at 853 Lee St. in Calexico, according to Dr. G.K.L. Knott, Imperial County veterinarian. A total of 59 rabid skunks were killed in 1970 and 14 in 1969, the veterinarian reported.

20 years ago — Imperial County's rabies epidemic has, for the moment at least, gone into a lull. County Health Administrator Yvonne Smith said today that Thursday was the first day in over two months that no animals were even brought in for examination.

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