Down Memory Lane 10/27/11
NEWS FROM OUR FIRE DEPARTMENTS
From The Knik Arm Courier, Aug 17, 1960:
Fire completely gutted a frame cabin belonging to J. Johnson at Mile 14 (behind the Town House Bar). A Mr. McGaven occupied the cabin that was used as a residence. The fire had apparently started in some clothing beside the bed and spread to the mattress.
The Chugiak Fire Company responded to the call but was unable to use the Jeep pumper, as that piece of equipment was not in working order. Hand extinguishers were not enough to bring the fire under control.
The fire damage to the building and belongings was estimated at around $1,800. The cause of the fire is yet undetermined and is under investigation.
The Jeep pumper has been deadlined until the Fire Association can raise enough money to buy the necessary parts. Residents of the area are reminded that the Fire Association dues are all that is available to keep the equipment in working order.
From The Knik Arm Courier Oct 26, 1960:
The newly formed Eagle River Fire Company got an opportunity to show how efficiently their new equipment will operate. Last Sunday, an old shed across from the Eagle River Shopping Center was ignited. The newly acquired fire truck was parked in front of the shopping center at the time the match was touched.
According to F. H. Hawthorne of the Fire Company, the crew on the truck were not informed of the test but responded immediately, and within seven minutes of the time the alarm was given they had every last flame out.