Texas Fire News

Texas Fire News

Lightning ignited a 37,000-barrel tank of oil of the Texas Company at Port Arthur, Texas, on August 24, but the fire was extinguished by the use of the Firefoam system, with a loss of only about 1,500 barrels of oil.

An unusual accident occurred in the railroad yards in Cleburne, Tex., when the city fire department was called to the Trinity & Brazos Valley yards to extinguish a passenger engine which was enveloped in flames originating from a pool of oil between the rails. The engine was badly damaged.

The fire which was recorded in the last issue at Breckenridge, Texas, in the Walker-Jones Building, with a loss of $110 000, brings the fire losses of that town up to nearly two million dollars since December 4, 1920. This rather poor record will materially increase the total losses of Texas for 1921.

Fire Marshal Tom Cottar of Fort Worth, Tex., is demanding that property owners comply with the law with regard to fire escapes, he has announced. The law has been neglected partially during the last three years, owing to war conditions, Mr. Cottar said, but it has been decided that now is the time to have fire escapes installed. About 30 per cent, of the total to be installed have been put in during the past thirty days, he said.

Failure of a fire plug to operate while men from the Central Fire Station were fighting a fire at 2222 Caroline Street, Dallas, resulted in Captain J. M. Roe of the central station suffering severe burns on his left shoulder. Captain Roe was operating a fire hose and had advanced close to the residence when the water supply failed and the heat became so intense as to blister him through his clothing. His burns were dressed at the Emergency Hospital.

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Two men, Charles Ray, a policeman, and Theodore Cook, a citizen, narrowly escaped electrocution on June 26, while fighting a fire in Burkburnett, Texas. The blaze was in the City Bakery Building and the men were holding the nozzle of a fire hose when the stream from it came in contact with a live wire, transmitting the current to the nozzle. The force of the shock knocked Ray from a onestory building on which the two men were standing to the street His head was deeply cut and he was unconscious for three hours. Cook was knocked down and was rendered unconscious for an hour. The fire did about $10,000 worth of damage.

According to a statement published in the Dallas News from Dabney White, if the property owners of Texas were compelled to pay a tax to make good even in part the destruction of those guilty of arson or of the negligent burning of property, there would undoubtedly go up a loud chorus of wrathful protest. The fact that they pay it voluntarily to the insurance companies in the form of premiums changes the legal aspect of the situation, but it doesn’t make it any cheaper for the property owner. Mr. White calls attention to the fact that fire losses have increased of late. “We now burn more annually than we appropriate for state government. The fact that the total fire loss of the state comes out of the pockets of property owners is one that is often overlooked. More serious consideration of it would make arson a dangerous offense for the criminal as well as for those near the scene of his crime. More serious consideration of it would tend to cut down heavily the number and extent of careless fires, and all of this would mean a saving not only to the man who would thereby retain his building and his goods, but it would mean a saving in insurance premiums to the man whose prudence has all along protected his property from damage.”