When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
 
214.  FIRE LOG 1974      
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House Fire on 4th Street

Firemen use ladder truck to douse a fire at the home of Sharon Bennett, at 302 4th St., on Jan. 25th, 1974. 

MAY 4, 1974 MIX-UP ON ADDRESS CAUSES DELAY OF TRUCK ARRIVAL
The new home of "Walter and Julie Duffet at 909 Coolidge burned to the ground. A neighbor called the alarm into CFD, but failed to tell exactly where the house was. Captain Leonard Ward took trucks down 4th St. to Coolidge, but the house was on another end of Coolidge. A large ravine separated the trucks from the house. The trucks had to backtrack and go on Taft Avenue to get back to Duffet's house. By the time the trucks got there the house fire was out of control. Capt. Leonard Ward said that when he received the call "I asked him whether the house on fire was east or west from his house and I didn't get an answer, so we all went down Coolidge off of 4th St."  Ward said that from the appearance of the fire it

 

would not have made any difference if the trucks had not gone down the dead end street.  The home was lost, but no one was injured, even though one of the Duffet children was unaccounted for a brief time.  No cause was determined by Capt. Ward, except he thought it started in the rear of the house.

PEMBERTON HALL BASEMENT FIRE/ EASTERN "FAMILIARIZATION TOUR"
During mid-March new Charleston firemen were taken on a tour of EIU buildings to help them know where the buildings were and what the lay-out of them was like.    This is important in the general training of the men. Assistant Chief Taylor made a very general inspection of the buildings, and noted that the 


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