Augusta Fire Notes

Augusta Fire Notes

(From Onr Regular Correspondent)

Jake Keys, who was for twenty-two years a driver for Chief Reynolds in the Augusta fire department died Sunday March 23, after an illness of a few days. Jake, while a negro, was known throughout the city and was well liked by every one. He was known as an expert driver in handling the big Red Fire Devil of Chief Reynolds and had a clean record. He was regarded as an excellent fire fighter, often lending his aid in emergencies to the men in fighting the flames in stubborn cases. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 P. M. and a large number of firemen of the local department will attend in command of Chief Reynolds.

Engine Co. No. 3 from headquarters with Assistant Chief Battle was called to North Augusta, (S. C.) Tuesday, March 18, to assist the North Augusta fire department in fighting a large cotton fire in the North Augusta Warehouse Company warehouse. 465 bales where damaged with a loss of $10,000. A large two-story frame residence near the warehouse fire was also damaged to the extent of $1,000 which caught from an over heated stove, both fires occurred within about fifteen minutes of each other.

A telephone alarm at 7:10 A. M.. Sunday, March 23, called Engine Co. No. 3 from headquarters with Assistant Chief Battle to the Whitney Cotton Company warehouse on 8th and Bay Streets. An alarm was sent upon arrival of Assistant Chief Battle calling additional apparatus. About 1,000 bales of cotton was damaged and the fire was confined to the compartment in which it was stored. 500 of these where burned to some extent, all others suffered loss by water. Total loss $10,000.

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