Leadership

Chief Kelle Checks Fire in Business Section of Johnstown

Issue 26 and Volume 62.

Chief Kelle Checks Fire in Business Section of Johnstown What might have been a serious fire in the heart of the business section of Johnstown, Pa., was confined, with slight loss, to the first floor of the Dibert building. This is a four-story brick structure, 30×100 feet in area, and housed a drug store and a shoe store on its first floor. Twenty persons were employed in the building. The interior partitions are of wood. Fire was discovered in the cellar by the occupants at 9.50 a. m.; it is thought that a lighted candle in the hands of a boy was the cause. The clouds of thick smoke, which poured out of the cellar, delayed the firemen in their work. They made a quick response to the telegraph alarm, and the forty firemen, under Chief L. M. Kelle, soon had 6,000 feet of hose laid and nine good streams.…

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