Three Alarms Sounded for Lumber Fire
Three alarms and two special calls were necessary to fight a lumber yard fire in Lexington, Ky., which was originally received as a telephone alarm. The first alarm was sounded at 7:10. Upon the arrival of the first companies, it was evident that the blaze was serious, and a second ala_____m was sent at 7:14, the third at 7:15, and two special calls at 7:45 and 9:14.
The first alarm brought three engine companies, a truck company and the Chief of the Third Battalion. The second ala_____n was answered by engines 17, 19, 15 and 12, Truck 3, and Water Tower 1. Chief Adams and Assistant Chief Stilz responded. The third alarm was answered by Engines 2, 4, 9 and 14, Truck 4 and a Battalion Chief. Two extra pumpers were also sent.
When the first companies arrived, the entire south and east sides were ablaze. These parts of the lumber yard were composed mostly of one-story sheds and stacked lumber piles. Directly across a thirty-foot street was a three-story building filled with lumber and machinery. At first all effort was centered in keeping the fire from reaching this building. The main handicap was a strong southwest wind which carried the flames into the center of the yard. Lumber was tacked on concrete walls about two feet high. Between and underneath these supports were dry grass and weeds which helped to direct the flames into the piles.
Within fifteen minutes after the first alarm, the entire yard was covered with hose streams and most of the outside sheds were knocked down.
By 10 p. m., most of the fire had reached the north end. Extra lines were brought into play. A dense yellow smoke enveloped the men-—Thirty-eight were overcome, and a few were removed to the hospital.
The great handicap was that the four streets surrounding the yard were unpaved and most of the apparatus became mired the mud Good work on the part of the department prevented a serious conflagration.
East of the lumber yard was a three-story building housing lumber and machinery while to the south was a large grain elevator. Northwest was another large lumber yard and directly north a railroad roundhouse with frame buildings.
A salvage corps man came in contact with a high-tension wire while inspecting sprinkler heads, and was killed. The property loss was about §192,000.