When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
 

90.  FIRE LOG

1955      

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***Index to other 1950's Pages:  70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101. 102, 103


1955 ANNUAL REPORT BY HUTTON;   CONVENTION & BUTANE TANK FIRE

 HOMING PIGEONS FOUND

Of interest at the Jackson Street fire station •was a news item, June 18, 1955, in which fireman Mel Taylor found the second homing pigeon within recent days. Evidently several homing pigeons were released from somewhere (?). The fireman found the pigeon in shrubbery near the Columbian Savings & Loan, across the street from the fire house. The first pigeon was found by Mrs. Earl Abernathy, 1406 Seventh St. That pigeon was exhausted and was fed and rested by police before released to go home. [This is part of the variety of a day at the fire house.]

BUTANE TANK FIRE, JUNE 4,1955
The Nickel Plate Railroad yard was the scene of a long-burning conflagration. As of a week later, the fire was still continuing to burn. The fire started with a blast. No estimates have "were made as to how long the leaking gas might continue to burn, 

 

nor were investigators able to get close enough to the tank to determine what caused the leak and eventual fire.

1955 FIRE REPORT IN SUMMARY
Neal Hutton -was appointed chief during 1955. He released a summary of fire losses for the year. The department made a total of 112 calls during the year. Several country fires, and mutual aid calls were answered. Firemen responded to four first-aid calls, including the drowning of nine-year old Gene Burton Whitehurst. Fireman George Milliner assisted in locating the body in a pond southeast of Charleston. Hutton went on to say the most common cause of residential fires in 1955 was in oil heating equipment. Hutton warned users to keep equipment clean to help avert costly fires. The chief completed his report with an update on new equipment: fog controls, booster line fog nozzle and a beacon ray signal light for the quad.

 

(Above) 1955 Nickel Plate Butane Tank fire that would burn for days.  Even in later years, the best method of handling these hot fires was to let them burn out. 


At right is a ribbon for participants at the Illinois Firemen's Association 65th Annual convention that occurred at Mattoon Illinois during the month of October.   Delegates for Charleston were Melvin Taylor and Neal Hutton

 

 

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