Robinson Motor Engine at Salem
The Salem Gas Light plant at Salem, Mass., was threatened by a fire that originated in the hoisting tower of the coal pocket, Saturday. The efficiency of the new Robinson motor pumping engine that was used to fight the flames, was the direct cause of preventing a serious fire; the engine did excellent work and confined the blaze to where it started. When the fire department arrived the entire boiler and engine house and a portion of the tower, which is 110 feet in height, was in flames. The distance from the engines to the fire was over 2,000 feet and very little water pressure could be had. Howard C. Kimball, assistant chief, acting chief in the absence of Chief Arnold, took in the situation at a glance and had a man telephone for the new Robinson motor pumping engine, which arrived shortly after and was driven down on the wharf to within 100 feet of the burning tower, and salt water from the harbor was used. At the first play the stream went over the top of the tower some distance. The firemen got the right direction and the force of the stream was something terrific and it was only a short period before the flames were under control.