Smoke—But No Fire

Smoke—But No Fire

Members of the Cincinnati, Ohio, Fire Department thought they had discovered an exception to the rule of “Where there is smoke—there is fire” when they responded to an alarm for Elsinor Tower in that city’s Eden Park. The tower, an old landmark at the Gilbert and Elsinore Avenues entrance to the park, had been closed and sealed in recent years to prevent unauthorized entry.

Last spring the fire alarm office received a call for heavy smoke coming from the tower. Engines 3 and 42, Truck 1 and District 1 Marshal Clyde Hartman responded. Because of the sealing employed on the 20-foot-high structure, operations had to be conducted from a ladder. A 1 1/2-inch line was played into the tower and the smoke stopped. Visual inspection from the top revealed nothing that could burn and the puzzled fire fighters began to pick up to return to quarters.

Suddenly the heavy smoke appeared again. Fortunately, at that time, a retired park policeman passed by and told the men that the tower was connected by an old tunnel to the Eden Park reservoir. Marshal Hartman went to the reservoir end of the tunnel and discovered construction workers burning scrap wood. The smoke was being drawn into the tunnel and escaping through the tower, several hundred feet distant.

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