12/30/14 194 W - + 9 - 4 Dunn Firemen Experience "Fire Water Fire" - 1969

From the January-February 1969 issue of Hose & Nozzle magazine: "Dunn firemen, summoned to extinguish a tobacco barn fire, have good reason to refer to it as the 'fire water fire.' When firemen reached the scene of the fire, they discovered that the blaze was caused by a liquor still which had exploded while in operation. A gas tank exploded and caused the fire. The still was believed to be in operation at the time of the fire.

"While the firemen were fighting the blaze, a shed adjoining the barn collapsed and trapped Capt. Cad Upchurch and Firemen Eric Sinclair and Jimmy Hinson inside the shed. Sinclair and Hinson were able to get out of the shed quickly, but Capt. Upchurch was trapped inside for about fifteen minutes before he managed to crawl to safety.

"It appeared to be a miracle that the three firemen trapped in the shed behind the furiously burning barn managed to escape without death or serious injuries. Damages to the barn were estimated at $1,500, while $1,000 in damages were reported for the costly distillery equipment in the barn."

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