Two Fires at Augusta

Two Fires at Augusta

The Augusta fire department under the command of Chief Frank G. Reynolds battled with two general alarm fires recently, and are being congratulated

upon their quick and excellent work in handling the two fires. This is the first time in the history of the Augusta fire department that two general alarms have been sent in in less than twenty-four hours of each other. The first fire was at 2:30 A. M„ Friday, July 29, when flames where discovered on the second floor of the Leonard Building, a five-story office structure at Broad and Seventh Streets in the heart of the business district. Chief Reynolds seeing the seriousness of the flames, immediately turned in the general alarm. Dense clouds of smoke at first handicapped the firemen, but the flames were soon located in the offices of Judge Henry Rooney, where they were quickly extinguished, and in less than thirty minutes the fire was under control. Chief Reynolds said this was the quickest and best work the Augusta depart ment had ever done. On the fifth floor in the rear two persons were cut off from escape by the clouds of smoke, and were rescued by fire escapes by Chief Mechanic Jack Gorbe of the fire department and John A. Stulb, local correspondent of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. The total loss of the Leonard Building was placed at $7,500. The second fire was at 1 :35 A. M . Saturday, July 30, and completely destroyed the upper floors of the two and half story Grand Hotel building, a 30-room hotel located at the corner of Green and Eighth Streets. The entire second floor was a mass of flames when the first company arrived and a general alarm was immediately sent in. The fire was fought from both, the rear and the front. Good water pressure was maintained throughout the fighting the fire, there being from 75 to 80 lbs. pressure. No pumpers were used, only plug streams. The following apparatus was in service at both fires. One American-LaFrance second size steamer (horse drawn). One AmericanLaFrance combination wagon (horse drawn). One Seagrave service truck (horse drawn). One Seagrave service truck (motor driven). One Webb pumper 750 lbs. One Webb combination wagon. Two Seagrave pumpers 900 gallons. One Seagrave pumper 750 gallons. One Webb double 60 gallons chemical. The total loss of the Grand Hotel was placed at $12,000.

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