A Town with No Water System or Fire Protection

A Town with No Water System or Fire Protection

The town of Cumming, Ga., would seem to be greatly in need of fire protection of some sort, judging from the disastrous fire that visited it lately, to combat which there was no apparatus of any nature and not even hose was available. Mayor Puett reports that the fire started in the northwest corner of the block, which was wholly of wood construction and was occupied by several merchants as stores, with two residences adjoining. The fire was discovered at 3 a. m., but although the alarm was given at once, there was only a bucket brigade to come to the rescue and the fire had gained such headway in the storehouse of Heard’s store that efforts to save it were hopeless. There is no water system, according to the report, and the property owners were obliged to watch the fire burn itself out, which it did in about three hours. The loss exceeded $150,000.

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