Smoke Retards Attack, Adds to Loss

Issue 6 and Volume 108.

Smoke Retards Attack, Adds to Loss What might be termed a “typical basement fire” in a small city presented complications for Walla Walla, Wash., fire fighters on the afternoon of April 5, last, The fire itself was not extensive and once located was easily extinguished. It was the problem of locating it and hitting it before it could communicate to adjoining occupancies that punished fire fighters during their three hour struggle. The stubborn, smoky blaze originated in the basement of the Fuller Service Co., dealers in paint, wallpaper etc., one of four establishments in a single building located on the north side of Main st. near First ave., Walla Walla. The cause was not determined, but employes had been in the basement about 20 minutes before the fire w’as discovered, at which time there were no indications of any trouble. One of the staff members, returning later to the basement,…

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