Manizales, Colombia, Rising From Its Ash Heap
“Manizales has thrown a veil over the horrid hecatomb, and everybody is now working strenuously to raise the city from its ashes and hold her up to the world with increased pride and prosperity,” is the advice received from Chief Guizado of the fire department of Panama. He adds that Manizales,
Colombia, will soon haVe completely obliterated the scars of the conflagration which in July last completely reduced a large section of the city to ashes, because of the strong community spirit and civic pride.
The fire insurance companies have paid to the victims of the fire approximately $5,000,000, which afford sufficient funds with which to push the work of reconstruction. Discussing the possibility of the city establishing a modern water system, the chief says that while it would be a difficult task, it never-the-less was not impossible. There is a movement on foot to float a $6,000,000 loan to provide fire insurance for the city along modern lines.
Chief Guizado reports his reception in Colombia to have been most cordial; that on his arrival in Manizales he undertook the task of reorganizing the new fire brigade, and was ably assisted in this work by Captain Ernest Arosemena; that the people vied with each other in an effort to make the two Panama firemen feel that their efforts were fully appreciated; and that on the occasion of the inauguration of the new brigade special gold medals were bestowed on himself and Captain Arosemena.
The Republic of Panama celebrated the 104th anniversary of its independence from Spain last November 28. One of the features was a parade of the fire department, and the acceptance of an ambulance for the Red Cross section of the organization.