On December 1, 1959 Box No. 634 sounded at 8:27 p.m. The old Deluxe Theatre, being used as a storage warehouse, was on fire and by 9:32 p.m. had gone 5 alarms. Firefighter Robert E. Severn (E-12) was overcome by the thick smoke, collapsed with a heart attack, and was transported to Mercy Hospital. Firefighter Severn was never able to return to duty and died on September 17, 1960. Firefighter Robert Elias Severn was 54 years old. Number of years served are unknown at this time.