Kings Park Buildings Gone

Kings Park Buildings Gone

Chief Roy O. Bradley of Kings Park, N. Y., reports that wooden buildings destroyed recently caused a loss of over $100,000. The fire enveloped the structures in a few minutes, caused by a high wind, and although several outside companies assisted, owing to the heat it was impossible to stop the flames. Chief Bradley’s report is typical of fires of this description and serves to show what unpreparedness to meet fire will certainly accomplish, he says: “As the buildings were all built of wood it made it a difficult fire to handle once it had made headway and as the wind was high at the time. We have only a hand force pump here for fighting fire, manned by six men. Our further equipment consists of about 200 feet of linen hose and a few fire ladders and truck that must be either hauled by hand or towed in some way to the scene of the fire. The only water supply at this fire was some cisterns around the property most of them being so close to the houses that it was hard to keep the men at the pumps. Some outside companies that came to our assistance arrived fifty minutes after the fire broke out when most of the buildings were in flames.” (This is a familiar story and one from which the inhabitants of Kings Park, Long Island, N. Y., may derive a valuable lesson for the future fire protection of their beautiful village.—Ed.)

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