COVERS EXPOSURES FOB TWO HOURS; SAVES ROW OF FRAME COTTAGES
Los Angeles Firemen Have Unique Experience in Protecting Exposed Buildings but Not Operating on Fire
THE usual stages in operating at fires are: first, covering exposures; second, closing in on the fire; and third, extinguishing the fire.
But some companies of the Los Angeles fire department had quite a remarkable experience recently in performing only the first of these three operations. The nature of the fire was such that it was useless to attempt to extinguish the fire or even close in upon it. All that could be done was to cover exposures.
The department had lines in operation covering exposed frame cottages across the street for five hours—from 9 p. m. to 2 a. m. It all came about as follows: A broken gas pipe line sent a blast of gas up through the pavement of one of the residential sections. The gas became ignited by a passing automobile and shot flames high into the air. It threatened to destroy a block of the residential section. Firemen concentrated their efforts on covering exposures in preventing the fire from extending to the dwellings by fighting from behind boxes and other forms of obstructions which served as shields.
To makes matters more severe, the danger was increased by the presence of high tension wires on wooden poles. These poles became ignited and the department had to occasionally direct their attention toward extinguishing fire thereon.
The department proceeded in an admirable manner in keeping the dwellings cooled until such time as the gas company’s men were on hand to shut off the gas supply and make repairs.