Among the Buffs

Issue 12 and Volume 107.

Among the Buffs FIRE records are packed with stories of delayed alarms, but few of them come close to matching the one described in Editor Geoffrey F. D. Pratt’s excellent journal of the British fire service, “Fire Protection Review.” This blaze, described in Editor Pratt’s November issue, occurred at Goldalming, Surrey, early last August 17, involving a factory where air-sea rescue equipment was made. At least four persons saw the fire during the hours of 1:30 to 4:10 A.M., and all of them thought the blaze was a bonfire. Moreover, the plant’s night watchman actually walked over the fire without knowing it! The fire was first sighted by an ambulance driver as he backed his rig into the garage after a late-night run. He saw a reddish glow at the rear of the works and noticed it again after reaching his home, about 600 to 700 yards from the back…

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