Fire Greater Hazard Than War
War danger to American cities is small as compared with the ever-present threat of fire. State Fire Marshal Sherwood Brockwell told a crowd of 150 at the Morganton Fire department’s annual banquet.
Less than fifteen American cities have been destroyed by war, he said, but there is not a single city of 100,000 population or over which has not had at least one million-dollar fire.
Mr. Brockwell spoke on the dangers of transporting gasoline through streets of towns and cities, citing the fact that seven gasoline trucks have been destroyed by fire in North Carolina since October 12.
Mr. Brockwell, disclaiming that he had any remedy to offer, said not to rely on the advice of so-called experts from the outside “but to settle for yourselves what is needed to handle the situation.”
“All of us,” he said, “are thinking about war. We can’t help it. War is a horrible thing, but there are other things just as horrible. Not from bombing planes or a military invasion is the greatest threat to our cities,” the speaker declared. “One can’t imagine women and children getting their feet burned off in war, and yet it could easily happen on the streets of Morganton if gasoline tank trucks should crash in the business district. You could have a halfmillion dollar fire before firemen could even reach the scene,” he declared.