Automobile Blaze Causes Traffic Jam

Automobile Blaze Causes Traffic Jam

Somewhat of the potential hazard that now confronts fire departments because of popular use of the automobile, is best illustrated by an incident that occurred in Morristown, N. J.

The residents were enjoying a fireworks display. People came from near and far to witness the entertainment and automobiles were parked on both sides of nearby streets. As the display was almost over the fire department was called out to extinguish a minor blaze in one of the parked cars. Before the apparatus arrived, volunteers extinguished the fire, but the resulting traffic jam was the worst that the community has ever experienced.

For more than an hour, police, firemen and others tried to open lanes through so the traffic could move. It was a mansized job to permit those who came to see the fireworks to move on, and also to clear the traffic that followed the apparatus to the fire. With cars parked on both sides of the street, there was a very narrow lane left open in the center. It was with difficulty that the apparatus was finally able to find an opening so that it could return to quarters.

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