Classic fire-fighting action photos

squad546

Assistant Chief
Some more Lexington photos

1)Fire consumes a large two-story building, undated. Credit James Edwin Weddle

2)Fire engines on the scene at Gulf Refining Co., undated. Credit James Edwin Weddle

3)Several men work to put out a house fire, undated (possibly the old Fayette Co. FD). Credit James Edwin Weddle
 

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squad546

Assistant Chief
Lexington Ky continued

1)Scenes of fire at Sun-Ray Feed Mills, 321 Henry Street, a subsidiary of the Woolcott Flour Mills. November, 1947. Credit Wyatt, John C.; Lexington Herald-Leader

2)Scenes as Wombwell Automotive Parts Co. warehouse burned 6/2/1948. Credit Wyatt, John C.; Lexington Herald-Leader
 

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Engine33Truck

Assistant Chief
squad546 said:
Found some old Lexington, Ky fire photos.

1)59 Megowan St., now on Eastern Ave. and Wilson St., 1973 fire that prompted the architectural details auction and the demolition of the property. Credit Belle Brezing Photographic Collection

2)Fire hits Eagles club, 139 North Broadway. Fire fighters attempting to extinguish flame, ca. 1950. Credit Wyatt, John C.; Lexington Herald-Leader

3)Firefighters trying to extinguish the fire. Guignol, on January 10, 1947, engulfed in flames. Credit University of Kentucky Photo Collection
That is an old ladder truck in that second photo, even in those days! Possibly a reserve? For some reason, LFD has always been one of my favorite FDs.
 

squad546

Assistant Chief
Engine33Truck said:
squad546 said:
Found some old Lexington, Ky fire photos.

1)59 Megowan St., now on Eastern Ave. and Wilson St., 1973 fire that prompted the architectural details auction and the demolition of the property. Credit Belle Brezing Photographic Collection

2)Fire hits Eagles club, 139 North Broadway. Fire fighters attempting to extinguish flame, ca. 1950. Credit Wyatt, John C.; Lexington Herald-Leader

3)Firefighters trying to extinguish the fire. Guignol, on January 10, 1947, engulfed in flames. Credit University of Kentucky Photo Collection
That is an old ladder truck in that second photo, even in those days! Possibly a reserve? For some reason, LFD has always been one of my favorite FDs.
Odds are at that time it was a reserve and brought out for a large fire. Later I'll post old photos of their rigs under the Lexington thread. One of the old water towers has been sitting buy Eastern State for several years. I'll stop and get a photo of it. The one in the first photo is long gone I think it was a Ford C, the Mack is around somewhere used by a private contractor.
 

FAO25

Captain
Engine33Truck said:
squad546 said:
Found some old Lexington, Ky fire photos.

1)59 Megowan St., now on Eastern Ave. and Wilson St., 1973 fire that prompted the architectural details auction and the demolition of the property. Credit Belle Brezing Photographic Collection

2)Fire hits Eagles club, 139 North Broadway. Fire fighters attempting to extinguish flame, ca. 1950. Credit Wyatt, John C.; Lexington Herald-Leader

3)Firefighters trying to extinguish the fire. Guignol, on January 10, 1947, engulfed in flames. Credit University of Kentucky Photo Collection
That is an old ladder truck in that second photo, even in those days! Possibly a reserve? For some reason, LFD has always been one of my favorite FDs.
Form the looks of it and the date on the photo that truck was probably still in first line srvice I bet. It was common for apparatus to be in first line service for 30 years back then.
 

FAO25

Captain
One picture is worth a thousand words.
Somerville Massachusetts February 3rd, 1926
3-117 Broadway and Franklin Streets
Box # 117 @ 3:01 Pm
2-117 @ 3:05 Pm
3-117 @ 3:19 Pm

Floors 2 and 3 used for furniture storage.
Fire started on Floor # 3 and dropped down to Floor # 2 and went through roof.
3 alarms was the limit of the running card and a Third Alarm was a General Alarm. In other words it called back any off duty Firemen. Additional apparatus called to a fire would be Special Calls.

Note lines run over ladders and Engine Company stretching in.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
 

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squad546

Assistant Chief
A couple more Lexington fires I had missed.

1)Fire hits "Uncle Johnny" Furlong's restaurant at 111 South Limestone Street (Lexington, Ky.). Mr. Furlong looking over damage, 4/20/1948. Credit Wyatt, John C.; Lexington Herald-Leader. Note all the workers on the scaffolding in the top left of the photo.

2)Fire destroyed the Guignol Theater on Euclid Avenue in 1947. Photographer: W. E. Sutherland.
 

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magicitybill

Lieutenant
Great old photos!

Regarding old trucks remaining in service for a long time, Birmingham, AL had a good many 1920s American La France engines and service trucks in reserve service untill the late 1950s. The 1920 Seagrave water tower was in service with one man assigned to it untill 1959. In those days you could not retire untill you were 65. A retired fireman once told me that they made a downtown run in the 50s that the water tower was assigned to. He said that the two guys on the WT were so old they had to help them set it up!

During the war you could not get a new fire truck unless the government said you could have one so there were plenty of OLD trucks around afterward.
 

OLDWFD

Firefighter
I don't know if these are classic or not, but they're from the early '90's. These are some photos of North Braddock, PA's pumpers in action at a fire on Lobinger Ave. I have some more of the fire itself, but they are slides and are a little more time consuming to scan. I'll post them as soon as I can.

I believe the pump operator of No. 3's pumper was known as Pee Wee. Anybody out there remember him? I heard he died a few years ago.
 

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Lifeguard238

Firefighter
OLDWFD, awesome pics of all 3 companies of North Braddock working. That might be Pee Wee, I didn't know him personally, just from hearing stories. I believe he was a Braddock cop and might have belonged to Braddock VFD too at one time. I think he was a dispatcher too.

Do you have any pics from fires in Rankin, Braddock, or Swissvale? If so, please post if you have the opportunity. I think all of us on this site from the East Boros greatly appreciate your materials and input!
 

OLDWFD

Firefighter
This was a fire on Washington St. in Braddock, about the mid '80's. I took these photos with my mom's 110 camera (anybody remember those things?). It was a Saturday morning, and I missed most of the action because I had to finish my paper route and have my dad drive me down. It's amazing that I can remember this fire like it was yesterday, but now I can't remember if it's recycling week or not.

Anyway, this is the only photo I have of East Pittsburgh's International/Howe pumper, and was only one of maybe two times that I ever saw it. If anybody has any photos or info on that rig, please post. And thanks for the positive feedback. It's my pleasure to share.
 

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mgk110

Captain
Very Nice! I vaguely remember that one. I have a slide of the E. Pgh Howe. I will work on posting it.
 
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