Electric Fire at Los Angeles
Fire in the Pacific Electric car barns at Los Angeles, Cal., recently caused a loss of $24,000 on 12 cars and $1,000 to the barn. The rain falling on some worn wires caused a short circuit and started a small fire in one of the cars. Some one turned the hose on the blaze and short-circulcd the main power wires. Electricity shot from every wire and the entire barn burst into flames. The barn, 300 feet in length, was packed with 150 street cars at the time, but prompt work on the part of 50 motormen who were waiting at the barns for their cars saved all but 12 of the cars.
All the water was turned off by order of Chief Ely and the fire was fought only with axes. The barn being almost all built of tin made easy work for the department. The power was shut off from the lines as soon as possible and then the flames, which had reached the cars, were soon put out. Paul Shoup, president of the Pacific Electric, praised the lire department for the manner in which the fire was fought. According to Chief Ely, the fire was the most dangerous he ever encountered. Nine engines, three trucks and two separate hose companies were in service three hours; 9,850 feet of hose, 00 gallons of chemicals and 250 feet of ladders were used.