A Fire That Was Not a Calamity

Issue 7 and Volume 66.

A Fire That Was Not a Calamity Apparently, the fire which not long ago destroyed a property 100 x 120 feet in area, in the city of Clarksburg, W. Va., was not considered a public calamity, judging from the report received in which the comment is made that “The building was nothing but a shack and should have been burned twenty years ago.” It was a one-story wooden structure, 40 years old, and the fire was discovered and alarm telephoned at 11:50 p.m. When the department arrived, under command of Chief S. R. Hoffman, the place was thoroughly involved and there was great danger of the flames attacking adjacent buildings. There was no private protection on the property. Chief Hoffman had 16 regular firemen and a number of volunteers, and employed two pieces of motor apparatus and laid 1,800 feet of cotton rubberlined hose. The age and excessively dry condition…

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