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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND FIRE HISTORY: JULY 2ND

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  • Greg Halpin
    ***BALTIMORE, MARYLAND FIRE HISTORY*** for July 2nd: 1859: The 1st alarm of fire was recorded over the new telegraph system, as fire involved the Baltimore &
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      ***BALTIMORE, MARYLAND FIRE HISTORY***

      for July 2nd:

      1859: The 1st alarm of fire was recorded over the new telegraph system,
      as fire involved the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's Mount Clare Depot @
      Pratt & Poppleton Sts, Mount Clare (West Of Downtown) - Box#53 was
      sounded @ 2230hrs & E-2 extinguished the fire. (TUH)

      1922: 12 Alarms - 6-6-14-229 & 6-6-638 - 1736hrs - A $5,000,000 fire
      caused by a bolt of lightning destroyed (2) grain elevators containing
      1,200,000 bushels of wheat, @ the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's Locust
      Point (South Baltimore) Terminal - ADT manual Box#14-299 sounded @
      1736hrs - Elevator "B" was on fire from top to bottom & BC-6, John Kahl,
      sounded the 3rd alarm @ 1746hrs & the 6th alarm @ 1759hrs - A dramatic
      incident occurred when the wall fell & (38) firefighters narrowly escaped
      death as they ran from beneath it, but scarcely had the mass of concrete
      settled on the ground, when the firefighters were ordered back to
      retrieve the hose lines they had dropped - The wind suddenly shifted in
      the direction of elevator "C" & shortly it was a mass of flames - DC-1,
      Lewin H. Burkhardt, sounded the 6th alarm (12th alarm) from adjacent
      Box#638 @ 1956hrs - The elevators looked like fiery furnaces as the steel
      in the walls curled into white-hot sheets & dropped off to the ground -
      Flaming brands were blown into the U. S. Army Hospital in Fort McHenry &
      the (22) woodframe buildings were ordered evacuated - Just when it seemed
      like the main building would catch fire, a God sent thunderstorm broke &
      deluged the roofs - Building #40 did catch fire but was quickly
      extinguished by the members of E-9 - The sick & wounded soldiers were
      marched or carried on any available conveyance under a hail of flying
      sparks, & taken to Public School #76 (Francis Scott Key) where they were
      made as comfortable as possible - Meanwhile, Warehouses #2 & #5, & the
      drying house were burning - Acts of bravery among the firefighters were
      too numerous to mention - E-17 & T-21 were stuck in the mud & feared lost
      as the burning elevator crumbled - When the dust had cleared they were
      still intact - The (4) fireboats performed staunchly, the firefighters
      working like beavers, 1st @ one spot, then moving to another - @ one time
      the Fireboat Torrent was between the blazing elevators & miraculously,
      just steamed away when the walls came crashing down, for they surely
      would have been crushed to pieces - After a (2) hour torrential downpour,
      the fire began to darken down, but the tired & weary firefighters spent
      the next several days @ the scene, sparking down embers - Injured were
      Firefighter John Davis & John Barry, E-32. (TUH)

      1922: 3 Alarms - Box#425 - 1959hrs - 915 W Baltimore St - West Of
      Downtown - An outside fireworks counter had exploded & set the 3 story
      brick Moses Levin's Stationery Store on fire - The Western Police Patrol
      Wagon was 1st on the scene & knowing about the terrible fire raging in
      Locust Point, drove to E-38's quarters @ Baltimore St, near Fremont Ave &
      loaded all available hose & returned to the fire - Civilians helped to
      get water on the blaze & a group of boys showed up with the flushing hose
      cart from the Hollins Market, but were chased away - Meanwhile, as E-52
      was speeding south on Fremont Ave, responding to the 6th alarm (12th
      alarm) from Box#638, a group of civilians blocked the intersection @
      Baltimore St & frantically waved to the blazing fire in the next block -
      Captain William R. Bolgiano stopped & went into service, getting a much
      needed stream on the blazing store - Flames were shooting across the
      street & BC-10, Eugene Short, sounded the 3rd alarm @ 2005hrs - Although
      getting a late start, the firefighters fought the fire with such vigor,
      that they confined it to the building of origin, which was gutted & the
      adjoining buildings suffered water damage - Captain Bolgiano was severely
      reprimanded by the Fire Board for not continuing on to his assignment @
      Box#638. (TUH)

      1960: 8 Alarms - 6-6-68 & 2-2-64 - Patapsco & Barney Sts - South
      Baltimore - Fire involved the Industrial Sales Marine Supplies. (CHM1)

      1963: 6 Alarms + Special Call (9) Engines - Box#7425 - 1059hrs - Franklin
      St & Warwick Ave - West Baltimore - Fire involved a woodframe storage
      shed @ the Maryland Lumber Company - The complex of woodframe sheds
      comprised an acre of ground & the fire started in a shed filled with
      sugar white pine hardwood, which gave off a terrible sweet odor &,
      coupled with the terrific heat of the flames in the 101 degree
      temperature, nauseated many firefighters - (6) alarms were sounded in
      (20) minutes & when the fire spread to another frame shed, Chief John J.
      Killen ordered (3) special 2-10-3 signals (3 engines a piece) sounded
      before noon - The blistered firefighters made a remarkable firestop by
      covering with water curtains the highly flammable exposures - It was a
      job well done by the heat exhausted army of firefighters - Treated for
      heat prostration were Captain Charles Gress, E-13, Firefighters John
      Hickey, Howard Harp, Wilbert Hood, Jack Powers, & Joseph Lippy, Jr. -
      Lieutenant Francis McHugh was injured - The Box#414 Association's Coffee
      Wagon dispensed more than 40 gallons of ice cold drinks over the 18 hour
      period, after being police escorted to the scene on emergency orders.
      (CHM1*TUH)

      1994: 2 Alarms + (3) Special Calls - Box#7623 - 0131hrs - 3030-3034
      Arunah Ave - West Baltimore - Starting @ 3032 & spreading to either
      exposure, fire involved (3) 2 story brick rowhouses - 3032 was a complete
      burnout resulting in the death of (2) civilians - (Note: Companies with a
      "*" have since been disbanded) 1st alarm @ 0131hrs = E-36, E-30, E-20,
      E-8, T-8, T-18, & BC-3 - Working fire @ 0134hrs = Medic-1 & Air Cascade-1
      - 2nd alarm @ 0136hrs = E-14, E-53, *E-38*, E-13, T-10, *T-13*, *Aerial
      Tower-122* (Now E-29), Rescue-1, BC-5, Medic-8, & Shift Commander -
      Special call @ 0138hrs = E-23, EMS Super-4, Fire Investigation Bureau-5,
      & Fire Investigation Bureau-10 - Special call @ 0158hrs = Medic-16 -
      Special call @ 0200hrs = Car-64 & Car-60 (Police Arson) - Fire under
      control @ 0237hrs - Car-84 (Chaplain) & Assistant Chief Of Operations
      also responded - Transfers = E-6/E-8, E-5/E-30, E-31/E-23, T-16/T-10.
      (TGA)

      George T. Ehrman
      chinman.gte@...
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