Water Mains But No Hydrants
The community of Kelseyville, Calif., located nine miles southeast of the town of Lakeport in that state, installed water mains during the latter part of 1949. No provision, however, was made for hydrants. The town is protected by the Kelseyville Volunteer Fire Department.
On April 1, at 2:30 A.M., fire of undetermined origin started in a grocery store owned and operated by Milton Dority and quickly involved the one story frame structure. It communicated to the next door jewelry shop of Lloyd Funk and before the local vamps could reach the scene the structure was fully involved.
Help was summoned from Lakeport and Upper Lake Volunteer Fire Departments, the latter 18 miles north of Kelseyville, and both sent equipment and men, the Upper Lake firemen having to negotiate a road with many turns and grades.
The combined fire forces, unable to secure water from the hydrantless mains, or other sources, were forced to rely upon their booster tanks. The entire town was threatened for a time but fortunately for the fire fighters and the community a concrete structure adjoining the blazing building prevented extension to exposures on that side and firemen aided by the calm weather were able to prevent spread on the other side and rear.
Chief, Town of Lakeport, Calif.