Lumber Yard Blaze Stopped by Cement

Issue 26 and Volume 70.

Lumber Yard Blaze Stopped by Cement A new and novel method of fighting fire was inaugurated by Chief Davyes Troughton of Seneca, Kansas, at a recent blaze which threatened to destroy a lumber yard and adjoining property in Oneida, Kan. Chief Troughton’s method was to utilize Portland cement to conquer a threatening fire. The Oneida fire had burned beyond control of the local department, and outside help had been called for. The Seneca department answered the call. What happened can best be described by Chief Troughton, who tells the story as follows: “The town has no water system and no special fire equipment, so we could only fight the fire with bucket brigades. I suggested the use of cement, there being plenty on hand, as a means of checking the fire, but my idea being new I had to back it up with forceful orders. I had dry cement scattered…

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