A Coal Pocket Fire Gets Away

Issue 3 and Volume 81.

A Coal Pocket Fire Gets Away Fire Spreads to Water Works Pumping Station Putting It Out of Commission—Large Area Involved IT is not often that a small fire department is faced with the problem of extinguishing a fire in a coal pocket, garage, lumber yard and oil tank all burning at the same time. That is what the fire force described in this article of the series on administration encountered when a coal pocket fire got away from it. The city in which this fire occurred has a population of about 12,000 and is located in the central west. The fire department consists of five companies, three engine companies and two truck companies. One of the engine companies and one of the truck companies are volunteer organizations while the rest are paid companies, but poorly manned. Fire Department Engine Co. No. 1, a paid company, had four men on duty…

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