Firemen Injured at Coatesville
Nine members of the volunteer fire department of Coatesville, Pa., were injured on July 1 when the motor combination apparatus of Washington Company No. 1 crashed into a telephone pole on the way to a fire. The accident, the worst of its kind in the history of the department, occurred at 9:55 o’clock. Those injured were Ralph W. Hope, fracture at base of skull and concussion. Clarence Trythall, fractured skull and other injuries. Constable Wayne Moore, fracture of small bone near elbow in one arm, also fracture small bone in ankle of one leg. Frank Cawthorne, fractured cheek-bone and body bruises. William Stevens, lacerations and body bruises. Jay Heck, bruises of body. David Weaver, Jr., minor cuts and bruises. Floyd Sharpe, body bruises and lacerations. William Houser, cuts and bruises about face and body. Four of those hurt—Hope, Trythall, Moore and Cawthorne—were rushed to the Coatesville Hospital in the police patrol. Two of these, Moore and Cawthorne, were sent to their homes two hours later after their injuries had been treated. Up to the last accounts the two men worst injured were doing well and hopes for their recovery were held out. The company was responding to an alarm from Box 45 when the accident happened. A light rain was falling and the street was slippery. Just as the Washington apparatus approached the firehouse of the Brandywine Fire Company the ladder truck of that company also answered the alarm. To avoid a collision Driver Flymoyer applied the brakes and swerved his machine to the right. Before he could bring the car to a stop it had dashed up on to the sidewalk and crashed into a pole. Chief William H. Moore and ex-Chief Frank E. Soule were on the scene a few moments after the accident and superintended the caring for the injured. They also started an investigation of the accident. It was, however, conceded that the accident was unavoidable. The alarm was apparently a false one.
Chief Curtin of the North Bergen, N. J., fire department claims that the heavy damage to the Atlas Silk Finishing Company by the fire which occurred on June 23 was largely due to a poor fire alarm service. Councilman William J. Otte has taken the matter up and will bring it Indore the council.
Two firemen and a bystander were injured on June 16 during a demonstration of the high pressure water system by the fire department of San Francisco when a hose nozzle split and the high pressure stream was diverted. The demonstration was for the benefit of the delegates of the National Fire Protection Association, whose convention was going on at that time in San Francisco.