Serious Fire in Wichita Falls
Fire which started in a garage, a frame building on the north edge of the business section of Wichita Falls, Tex., rapidly spread to exposed buildings nearby and burned one and a half hours, burning part of four blocks. Chief J. L. McClure and the Wichita Falls fire department made a hard and able fight and, despite a high wind which carried the flames, succeeded in putting a stop to the fire at Fourth Street and Ohio Avenue, saving parts of the four blocks and preventing further spread of the flames. It is stated that the fire was caused by a boy. Two boys discovered the fire at about 2 p. m. and an alarm was sent by telephone. So rapidly did the wind carry the flames that nearby exposed buildings had already caught fire when Chief McClure arrived with seven paid firemen and fourteen volunteers and one Seagrave motor combination pump and hose car, one Robinson motor combination pump and hose car, one American-La France motor ladder truck. The motor pumping engines did very efficient service. Four thousand feet of cotton rubberlined hose was in use and six engine and one hydrant streams were thrown. Four hydrants of the 4-inch double type were available, with a water pressure of 100 pounds, the water being supplied by the direct pumping systems. The damage to buildings was estimated at $74,000 and that on contents, including builders’ materials, lumber, automobiles, mercantile stocks and general storage at $50,000.