Volunteer Department Confines Fire to Place of Origin
Conway, Ark., was the scene, recently, of a serious fire originating from some cause unknown in the Frauenthal & Schwartz department store, situated in the business district of the town. The fire was discovered at 7:40 p.m. by Chief R. C. Dickerson, from the fire station two blocks distant, and the volunteer department responded quickly. The roof was ablaze when Chief Dickerson first observed the fire and rapid work was essential to prevent the flames from attacking other buildings. The store was, fortunately, of brick construction, and although the men were hampered by heavy smoke they succeeded in stopping the fire in the place of origin in two hours. One truck and two hose reels were all the equipment the department possessed, and they laid 1,800 feet of hose, cotton rubber-lined, of which one length burst. Four 4-inch double hydrants. 100 feet apart, were available, with a water pressure of 80 pounds from a gravity system. The total loss was estimated at about $75,000 and the damage to the stock downstairs was wholly from water, with both fire and water damage upstairs.