Leadership

First Flood, Then Fire

Issue 4 and Volume 90.

First Flood, Then Fire I11 luck seemed to stalk the wholesale grocery firm of Arthur Baehr Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. They had been drying out and rehabilitating the structure after the flood waters had receded. One hour after employees had left the place at 4 a.m., fire was discovered in the four-story brick building. The first alarm was sounded at 5:09 a.m., second at 5:15 and the third at 5:17 a.m. Sixteen engine companies were moved to the scene and the down town area was deprived of fire companies until the reserves were ordered in. A stiff wind and zero weather handicapped the firemen. Former Asst. Chief Clem Beckman, who retired on January 1, assisted Chief Houston in directing the firemen. This was the fourth large fire that the former Chief responded to and directed since his retirement. Chief Barney Houston believes that the fire was started by over-heated salamanders used…

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