12/19/09 210 W - + 7 - 6 Help Available For Charlotte, 1930

From the North Carolina Fire Prevention Bulletin, January 1930:

Help Available 15 Towns if Fire Hits Charlotte

Charlotte, in the event that the city fire department is rendered helpless by a conflagration such as might easily have resulted from the spectacular gasoline fire here during the past week, can call on 15 neighboring towns within an hour and half, which, coupled with Charlotte equipment, can shoot 60 streams of hose carrying 25,200,000 gallons of water on a fire a day.

Trucks from Mount Holly, Monroe, Concord, Gastonia, Rock Hill, Mooresville, Belmont, and Lincolnton can arrive within an hour, while it only takes a half-hour longer for the Wadesboro, Chester, Salisbury, Statesville, Hickory, Shelby, and Albemarle trucks, he said. 

These fire trucks can furnish 44 streams of water pumping 11,100 gallons of water a minute, while Charlotte's eight engine companies, exclusive of truck companies, can supply 26 streams of water carrying 6,500 gallons a minute, a total of 60 streams carrying 17,600 gallons a minute, or 1,056,000 gallons an hour, or 25,344,000 gallons a day.
Hose lines on all but three of the 15 non-Charlotte trucks fit hydrants here and adapters have been purchased for the others.
What was the spectacular gasoline fire referenced by the article? Don't know. Again, maybe readers have some historical information that they can share.

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