For former Salt Lake City Commissioner Jennings Phillips Jr., Tuesday's massive earthquake in the San Francisco area was a grim reminder of the 1906 earthquake that nearly cost his family their home.
Phillips was 2 years old at the time of the 1906 quake and his father was a city supervisor."My father moved us all out to the Presidio (a military post near the Golden Gate Bridge area) following the quake, where we stayed for several days while he was involved trying help people," Phillips said. "I do remember the soldiers putting me on a horse and giving me rides while I was there."
The Phillips home was on Van Ness Avenue in the north beach area, an area hard hit by the fires that followed the quake.
"It was the fires that did most of the damage, the quake was almost secondary," Phillips said.
City officials ordered houses in the path of the fire to be destroyed to create a fire break, Phillips recalled.
"Our house was in the next group to be destroyed but they managed to stop the fire at Van Ness so our home was spared," Phillips said.