Lack of Apparatus Hinders Department at Marianna Fire
Hindered greatly by the fact that he had only one small hand car in the way of apparatus, Chief H. A. Hampton experienced great difficulty in fighting a serious fire at Marianna, Fla., recently. About ten buildings were destroyed, and the judgment and skill of Chief Hampton together with the efficiency of his department was all that prevented a greater loss. The fire originated in a small, wooden building, the cause being unknown, and spread rapidly to the stables of Dillon and Dillon, containing live stock. From here is spread still further and was finally stopped at the First National Bank Building after three hours. Four 4-inch double hydrants were in use, each giving about 20 pounds pressure and being about 200 feet apart. 1,000 feet of hose was m service and two hydrant streams were thrown from ljjj-inch nozzles. Water was obtained from a 6-inch main. The system of water supply was direct pumping. Ten firemen responded to the alarm. The destroyed buildings were valued at $75,000 and their contents of sheep, horses, wagons, automobiles, caskets, etc., was worth $25,000. The loss on the buildings was $35,000, while that on the contents is estimated at $12,000. The buildings destroyed were mostly two stories in height and were built of wood and brick.