Grand Prairie, Tex., Loses Fire Department
A heavy pall of smoke hung over the City of Dallas, Tex., one night recently, and had the fire department on their toes waiting for an alarm for a big fire. A telephone request from the city of Grand Prairie for help solved the smoke question, and a combination chemical and hose truck with a company of firemen were sent to their assistance. It seems that someone had been burning grass on their lot in the afternoon, and no one paid very much attention to it. It was in close proximity to the fire station, which was next door to a garage. The garage caught fire, and burned so fast that the fire station was ablaze before anyone realized it. The explosion of two large cans or barrels of heavy tractor oil, settled the matter, and the garage and fire station were completely destroyed, causing the loss of numerous automobiles, the fire truck and about a thousand feet of hose. Mayor T. G. Collins subsequently visited Dallas and Chief Thos. A. Myers loaned him nine hundred feet of hose to protect his city temporarily. Damage $50,000.
A Boston owner of a building in which the upper floor was occupied by six families and the lower occupied by a dealer in furniture was recently fined $100 by Judge Dowd, municipal’ court, for not complying with an order to equip the building with automatic sprinklers. After a fire on June 2, 1919, in, which many people were rescued by being taken down ladders and fire escapes, the fire marshal inspected the building and: ordered the owner to install sprinklers. This he failed to do.