Good Work of Motors in Richmond
The superiority of motor drawn fire apparatus was clearly demonstrated in Richmond, Va., on February 13. With a snow four or five inches deep covering the city, which was having the finishing touches put on by a sleet playing havoc with street car and other transportation, a fire broke out on South 13th street in the principal business section of the city. All the motor engines went to the scene of action without delay or accidents and were in service before the horse-drawn engines had arrived. While this fire was in progress another alarm came in at 7th and Hospital streets, and shortly after another on Katherine street. Engine Company No. 4—a motor apparatus—responded quickly to the 7th and Hospital streets alarm which proved to be falsc. So well were all the fires handled under the most adverse conditions that the superiority of the motor apparatus is confirmed beyond a doubt and it is believed will lead to the installing of motor-drawn apparatus in every engine house. After the 13th street fire had been extinguished, doing a $5,000 to $6,000 damage, it took the horse-drawn apparatus nearly an hour to get back to their quarters, the horses being barely able to climb the slippery hills.