Fire Alarms

Fire AlarmsMarch 12, 1936

George Davis, engineer of Engine Company 4, Julien Avenue and Delhi Street, is in Finley hospital where he underwent an operation Wednes­day for the correction of a physical condition caused by an accident, which befell him, last Friday.

Davis, in answering an alarm, was hurt when he slid down a pole his injuries consist of a bruised arm, head abrasions and a rupture. He will, be confined to the hospital for several days.

March 13, 1936

Firemen who man Engine 3 we­comed Friday, the 13th, by being called out of their beds at 12:30 o’clock in the morning to answer a call 155 West Eleventh street. It was a false alarm.

The same company, together with engine 4 and truck 2, made a run to the Jackman home, 589 Alta Vista Street, shortly before 2 o’clock in the morning. Fire in a quantity of rubbish in a barrel, resulted in light damage.


March 26, 1936

Four grass fires, a roof blaze and a dump fire kept Dubuque fire­men on the move late Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Brooms were used to extinguish grass fires in Cleveland Park, in the 500 block on West Thirty-sec­ond Street, on the Mt. Carmel road and in the 1800 block on Seminary Street.

Sparks from a chimney are be­lieved to have been responsible for a roof fire which caused slight damage at the William Schuster home, 1531 Maple Street, shortly after 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Engines 1 and 3 and Truck 2 responded.

Engine 5 handled a dump fire on East Fourth Street.


A smoke scare at the F. B. Nesler home, 1034 Julien avenue, brought out Engine companies 3, 4, 5 and Truck 2 at 1:42 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday April 1, 1936

Five companies of firemen rushed to Eleventh and Elm streets, in the factory district, shortly after 9 o'clock Wednesday morning only to find that the blaze was in a small home. Wood exposed to a chimney was responsible. The damage was slight. Engines 1, 4 and 5, Hose 2 and Truck 2 responded.

A shanty built by boys in the rear of 25 Bluff street was destroyed by fire at 5:30 o'clock Wednesday morning. Engines 1, 3 and 5 and Truck 2 responded. "No damage" was written across the report sheet at fire headquarters, indicating that firemen apparently have no sense of values.

Wednesday May 6, 1936

The first fire alarm in three days came into headquarters at 9:30 o'clock Wednesday morning. Three fire companies sped to the William Smith home, 183 Kaufmann avenue, where a painter's torch was blamed for a small blaze on a porch. The damage was slight. Firemen got quite a thrill out of the fact that on arrival they discovered the fire was due to the paint removing activities of two former members of the fire department, "Bill" Smith and Joseph Connolly. Engines 1 and 3 and Truck 2 responded.



December 5, 1940

Wednesday, 2:34 p.m. — Fire seriously damaged interior of residence of A. B. Hayes, 63 Nevada street; Engines 4, 5 and Truck 2.

4:13 p.m. — Special call to open locked door at 386 Klingen­berg Terrace Engine 1

Thursday, 8:30 a.m. — Special call to take cat out of a tree in front of 1799 Seminary street; Engine 4. (Cat jumped out of tree and high-tailed out of sight when engine pulled up at curb.)