Leadership

HUNTINGTON FIREMEN CONTROL THREATENING HOTEL BLAZE

Issue 2 and Volume 104.

HUNTINGTON FIREMEN CONTROL THREATENING HOTEL BLAZE Cockloft Permits Spread of Fire Into Adjourning Building—No Lives Lost A Staff Report* CHRISTMAS, 1950, was marked by a number of serious fires, one of the worst of which caused heavy damage to the old Adelphia Hotel in Huntington, W. Va., and the adjoining Carolina Building. Christmas dinner had hardly been finished when the Huntington Fire Department was called upon to fight its fourth major business district fire within eight months. In the 56-year-old structure, hotel clerk J. E. Chambers was at his desk when he noticed sparks falling down a nearby elevator shaft. He immediately telephoned the alarm. This was received at fire headquarters at 1:51 p.m. The first alarm response was made by Engine Companies 1, 2, 7 and 9 and Engine 14, the latter manned by only the driver, and by aerial ladder 1. Responding also, were Fire Chief Floyd L.…

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