arrival, continued from page 215)
. . . The pumper would hopefully help to lower Charleston's fire
insurance rates, or at least to maintain the current rate.
Charleston receives financial help on the purchase of fire
equipment from the State of Illinois because of Eastern
Illinois University being within the city.
COLES COUNTY BOARD
PURCHASE HEART/LUNG MACHINE
Ambulance technician demonstrated and explained the machine
to the Coles board April 10, 1974.
JASPER BROOKINS RESIDENCE BURNS
The home of Jasper and Kathryn Brookins, 211 W. Harrison was
heavily damaged by fire June 2. The Brookins, who were
celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday, were not
home when the fire broke out. The fire apparently started in
the bathroom area of the home. Its origin had been
undetermined by the city fire department Sunday, but
Brookins said he thought the cause was electrical. The
bathroom and two bedrooms on the first floor of the
two-story house were damaged
cause was electrical. The bathroom and two bedrooms
on the first floor of the two-story house were damaged
structurally and the living room, kitchen, and
two other rooms were
blackened. Brookins said it was a near-total loss.
The fire was discovered
by aneighbor, Mrs. Randy Collins, who
saw smoke billowing from
the residence. Randy Collins and another
neighbor, Bob Ayers, ran
to the scene and
attempted to remove a flaming air conditioner from a
bedroom window. "That
air conditioner was spittm* fire when we saw it," Ayers
said. "Randy yelled to me and we both ran over there
and tried to pull it out of the window, but it was lodged.
Then it blew the top glass out of the window and we decided
to get out of there." Collins also entered the living room
of the home and shouted to see if the Brookins' were home.
They were on their way to their trailer home on Lake
Mattoon. Collins cut his foot on the screen door while
running from the home and was treated later at Charleston
Hospital. CFD responded to the fire at 12:58 P.M.
and left at 1:47 P.M.
extinguishing the blaze. Mr. Brookins said their home
(at the same location) was destroyed by fire 23 years ago,
in 1951. All that was
left that time was
the living room.
(go to p. 73 to see that fire.)