FIRE TRUCK MAKES RECORD RUN; 106 MILES—2 HOURS, 12 MINUTES
Crookston Apparatus Goes to Assistance of Bemidji When Fire Department Receives Appeal from City—Hampered by High Wind
A QUICK run of one hundred and six miles was made by the Stutz Model K triple combination car of the Crookston, Minn., volunteer fire department on November 8 last. On that date Chief J. W. Risch received an urgent call for help from the city of Bemidji. The message said that a $775,000 lumber yard was ablaze and that the fire, beyond control, threatened to destroy the entire city.
Chief Risch at once ordered out the Stutz pumper, manned by A. J. Loken as driver and two other men—George Widman and Edward Risch. Fhe chief accompanied the apparatus. which left Crookston at 12 noon. The run to Bemidji. which covered a distance of 100 miles, as previously noted, was made in two hours and twelve minutes. This, Chief Risch believes to be very good time, especially when it is considered that the apparatus drove against a high head wind practically all of the way, with the thermometer hovering around the zero mark. When the Crookston men arrived in Bemidji they found the fire practically under control, so their efforts were confined principally to the guarding of the town from sparks and a fresh outburst of the flames.