When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
147.  FIRE LOG 1969     

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Finally, the City of Charleston would make a break through in getting a piece of equipment to handle the ten story high-rise buildings on campus.  The 100 foot aerial ladder would certainly have helped int he earlier Rardin building fire, but as proven in the Walker's Grocery fire, the ladder truck does not automatically douse every fire.  The men on the ground manning the lines were the ones who could hit the heart of the fire.  In the picture on the left we can see Capt. Mel Taylor on top the ladder truck installing new bulbs in the lights at Trojan Hill (Charleston High School) football field.


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