Grand Rapids Department Goes to Assistance of Reeds Lake
The Grand Rapids, Mich., fire department, which is commanded by Chief George Boughner, recently sent apparatus and firemen to Reeds Lake, outside the city, where Ross’ pavilion and the Lake Side Club House were destroyed by fire. The burning structures were two miles from the nearest fire station and four miles from the next company detailed and while the fire was already beyond control when the firemen arrived, in response to a telephone call, they rendered valuable service in saving surrounding property. The fire started in Ross’ pavilion, a two-story wooden structure and that building was already doomed when the Grand Rapids department arrived. The flames spread rapidly to the club house, a large four-storv building only about twenty feet from the pavilion. Two hydrants, 600 feet apart, were available and the Reeds Lake village department, which had a hose wagon, placed two hydrant streams on the fire. The Grand Rapids department had a Seagrave combination pumping engine, one Nott steam engine with hose wagon and one chemical engine and squad company and 20 firemen at the fire and had four engine streams on the blaze, the combination pumping e”gine being set at a cistern and the other engine at a hydrant. The water supply was by standpipe, and the main from which it was drawn was a 6-inch. The pressure at the hydrants was 55 pounds. The heat was intense but despite this the firemen did very good work. Surrounding property was protected with the chemical engine. Embers ignited the roofs of scores of buildings, including a large pavilion, but these were promptly extinguished. The loss was estimated at $75,000.