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THIS WEEK IN BFD HISTORY

April 25, 1911 - Fire Chief Mooney and Superintendent of Machinery Arthur Tracy go to Springfield, MA to see a demonstration of the new gasoline motor driven pumping engine which is being purchased by the FDNY.

April 28, 1911 - A large wood barn owned by the Farist Steel Company is destroyed by fire on lower East Main Street. One horse is killed, but several others are saved. The alarm at Box 633 came in at 2:45 PM. Engines 2, 5, & 8 respond. The fire is blamed on 2 small boys sneaking a cigarette.

April 29, 1911 - A Toole and Sunderlin dredging barge anchored near the Congress Street Bridge catches fire in a spectacular 10 AM blaze. The BFD tried to get to the fire through the old Arnold Coal Yard, but in end it burned itself out.

April 18, 1936 - Nine flee a 3 AM fire on the 3rd floor of a 3 story brick residential and commercial structure on 1116 East Main Street, next to the American Theater.

April 20, 1961 - A mother and 2 children are rescued by ladder from a burning unit in Building 9 at P. T. Barnum Apartments. First in Engine 7 performed the rescue, assisted by Police and Housing Authority personnel. Box 235 came in at 8:36 AM.

April 22, 1961 - A firefighter is injured at Engine House 3, after moving Truck 3 a few feet forward so the ladders in the rear of the truck can be cleaned. After getting out of the cab, the truck starts to roll. The firefighter tries to jump back into the cab, but ends up getting pinned between the cab and a utility pole across the street. His back, left leg, and left arm are injured. Truck 3 is taken out of service for inspection, and Reserve Truck 16 is used as its spare.

April 28, 1961 - The air raid siren atop Engine House 12 malfunctions during the nationwide Operation Alert 1961 drill.

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