Coal in Burning Building Hinders Pendleton Firemen
The firemen of Pendleton, Ore., commanded by Chief W. E. Ringold, had a hard fire to fight recently when the old Schmidt building was damaged. The building is a two-story and basement structure, occupied by Bond Brothers and a Popular Cash Store, and there being seventy-five tons of coal in the basement made it difficult for the firemen to enter the building to fight the flames. Chief Ringold had one Seaegrave combination hose and chemical truck and four hand-drawn hose carts in service and ten streams of water were laid to the fire from four three-way hydrants with 115 pounds pressure, using 4.soo feet of hose. Chief Ringold fortunately had an abundance of water. Pendleton has two reservoirs that have a capacity of 1,000,000 gallons of water each, and Chief Ringold and his department could have fought the fire for twenty-four hours and there would still have been water left.