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1935 Photo Shows Aftermath of Fire Truck and Streetcar Collision

February 9, 2016

I recently found this photo from 1935 that shows the aftermath of an accident between a fire engine and a street car in 1935. Below is the photo and the story behind it.

scan0001(Four firemen were seriously injured when a fire engine was struck by a street care and spun around like a straw in the wind as it was speeding to a fire, 5/8/1935.)

On the evening of May 8, 1935, an east bound fire engine responding to a fire was struck by a south bound street car at the intersection of 11 and V streets, NW. The engine was a combination hose and pumper that was on its way to extinguish a small fire in a bus, housed in a garage near Georgia Avenue and W Street, NW.

The impact overturned the fire engine on the sidewalk and injured the four firemen on the truck, hurling one of them about 75 feet. The most severely injured was Private Raymond L. Creel, 30, of 413 D Street NE, who was taken to Garfield Hospital. The fire truck came to rest on the southeast corner of the intersection facing west. The front end of the street car was badly damaged, but the motorman and the few passengers escaped injury.

At the time of the accident, there was little traffic and the way had appeared clear for the fire engine. Charges were brought against the motorman of the Capital Transit Co. streetcar for failing to give the right of way to the fire truck. A report into the accident determined that the fire siren was being operated and could be heard blocks away and that the street car was being operated at an excessive rate of speed when approaching a street intersection while fire apparatus sirens were sounding.

By the end of June, all the firemen, although badly injured, were reported to have recovered or to be recovering.

Further Reading

_____. “Fire Engine’s Crash Blamed on Motorman.” The Washington Post, June 21, 1935, p. 11.

_____. “Four Appointed to Probe Crash of Fire Engine.” The Washington Post, May 10, 1935, p. 18.

_____. “Motorman Arraigned for Fire Truck Crash.” The Washington Post, May 24, 1935, p. 18.

_____. “Motorman’s Case Delayed to June 11.” The Evening Star, May 23, 1935, p. B-1.

_____. “Motorman Held at Fault in Crash.” The Evening Star, June 20, 1935, p. B-1.

_____. “Probe is Ordered After Fire Engine Crash; Four Hurt.” The Evening Star, May 9, 1935, p. B-1.

_____. “Street Car and Fire Engine.” The Evening Star, May 9, 1935, p. A-10.

_____. “Trolley-Engine Collision Story Told in Court.” The Washington Post, June 26, 1935, p. 4.

_____. “Trolley Hits Fire Engine; Four Inured [sic].” The Washington Post, May 9, 1935, p. 1.

Fire Strikes 600 Irving Street NW Today

August 29, 2012

Photo courtesy of Lisa Markuson

Thanks to readers for sending in the following details. Earlier today, around 9:45 a.m., there was a fairly large fire at 600 Irving Street, NW. This is located on the south side of Irving between Warder and Georgia Avenue. DCFD’s response to the fire was significant and close Irving to traffic well after 11:30 a.m.

DCFD described the fire as being a heavy fire on the on the 2nd floor in a 2 story middle rowhouse. Over 50 firefighters responded to the fire, which was brought under control in under 15 minutes and quickly knocked down. There were no reported injuries.

Readers familiar with this property may recall that in the past they have been among the houses in the neighborhood that has some decent decorations for Halloween.

I’m glad that there were no injuries and hope the damage is not significant enough to prevent a speedy repair.

Photo courtesy of Michael Petrick


Car Fire at Armed Forced Retirement Home

March 19, 2011

Shortly before noon today, one of the AFRH Security cars caught fire. I do not currently know the cause. The fire was located on the far southwest corner of the grounds, near the intersection of Park Place and Kenyon Street.


Fire Alarm Boxes Disappearing from Park View Streetscapes

November 23, 2010

Gamewell fire call boxes, like this one, were once installed on pedestals throughout the city

The Fire Alarm Box, and less so it’s Police Call Box counterpart, are among the most recognizable remnants of all of DC’s historic street architecture. Many of them have been turned into street art throughout the city.

I’ve often wondered why there are so few in Park View, thinking that perhaps it had to do with when the neighborhood was developed. However, I recently discovered that this is not true. In reading a copy of the Park View News from April 6, 1916, it was instantly clear that Park View once had just as extensive an alarm box system as any other part of the city. You can read that article below:

The article above identifies 10 locations for fire call boxes. Of those, only two still have the posts and harps for those boxes. They are located at the intersections of Warder & Kenyon and Gresham & Georgia. Sadly, the harp at Georgia & Lamont has only recently vanished. As shown in the Google image below, it was still there earlier this year.

The call box harp at Lamont and Georgia is a recent loss to the community

Upon walking the neighborhood, I’ve also discovered two harps that were not on the 1916 list. They are located at Warder & Otis and Princeton & Georgia. These harps, and the call boxes once installed in them, were produced by the Gamewell company and painted red. You can see a picture of Park View’s remaining 4 fire alarm box pedestals and harps after the jump. (more…)

Luray Place Fire Sends Resident to Hospital

November 19, 2010

WUSA9 reports that an elderly Park View resident was critically injured this morning (11/19/10) when fire broke out in their home located on the 400 block of Luray Place.

The female victim was taken to the hospital with critical burn injuries. DC Fire and EMS responded to a report of a house fire around 8:50 Friday morning.

A few more details and some footage discussing the fire are available at the WUSA9 Web site.


Engine Company No. 4 Provides Hands-On Lessons in Fire Safety to Park View Children

May 17, 2010

(by guest contributor, Jamaal Abdul-Alim; photos by Hadiyah Abdul-Alim)

The firefighters of Engine Company No. 4 delivered a few lessons in fire safety this weekend to roughly two dozen children at the Park View Recreational Center.

Firefighter Tony Kelleher helped children use the fire hose (Photo by Hadiyah Abdul-Alim)

Some of those lessons were hands-on. The children got a chance to peer inside a fire truck, spray a water hose on the sidewalk and touch the protective gear of a firefighter after he demonstrated how to put it on.

The up close encounters were meant to get the children familiar with firefighters and what they do so that in the event of an actual fire the children won’t run and hide from the firefighters, who might look and sound scary in their oxygen masks and bulky protective gear but are there to rescue anyone who may be trapped in a burning building.

To drive home this point, DCFD wagon driver Tony Kellher had firefighter Ian O’Byrne put on his firefighter gear and asked the children to say his name — Firefighter Ian — throughout the process so that the children remember that underneath the mask and all the gear it’s still Firefighter Ian.

“Who is this?” Kellerher repeatedly asked the youths as they sat in the shade on Princeton Place.

Firefighter Ian O'Byrne in his firefighter gear (Photo by Hadiyah Abdul-Alim)

“Firefighter Ian,” the children would all yell in response.

Inside the small recreation center building on Princeton Place, DCFD Public Educator Patricia Everett instructed the children on what to do in an actual fire.

For instance, she said, children should crawl on the floor beneath the thickness of the smoke in order to get out of a burning structure because that’s where the breathable air will be. (more…)

Fire Safety and Engine Company Display This Saturday

May 14, 2010

April 26th fire on Quincy Street

This Saturday, May 15, 2010, the D.C. Fire Department will hold two separate events related to fire safety.

The first event is called SAVU (Smoke Alarm Verification and Utilization) and will begin at 11 a.m. in the 600 block of Quincy. Residents may recall that this is the same block where a fire occurred on April 26th damaging several homes and displacing one family.

Then at noon at the Park View Recreation Center, the Fire Department has planned an Engine Company display and fire safety presentation for neighborhood children. In addition to getting an opportunity to get a better acquainted with an Engine Company, participants will also have the ability to be introduced to fire safety topics focusing on what to do and what not to do in a fire, such as not hiding from a fire, always letting an adult know there is a fire, and practicing escape plans.

The Engine Company display and fire safety presentation will be held in conjunction with the Fun Saturdays that already take place at the rec center from 11 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The information shared by the fireman will be informative for both young and old. For those unfamiliar with the fire that occurred on the 600 block of Quincy Street, one of the reasons it spread so quickly was because it started out as an electrical fire. It escalated when a young girl tried in vain to douse it with two glasses of water.


Petworth Fire Closes Down Quincy, Warder, Forces Residents out of Homes

April 26, 2010

Probably starting sometime before 6 pm this evening, what must have been a large fire occurred on Petworth’s 600 block of Quincy. As I returned to the neighborhood, New Hampshire Avenue northbound from Georgia was clogged with engines from several of the City’s firehouses. A similar scene was along the 600 block of Quincy, which was impassable, and Warder Street was blocked off from at least Princeton Place through Randolph. 612 and 614 Quincy sustained significant fire damage.

Not only was the street closed off, but residents were required to vacate their homes. Though things were under control by 6 pm, it must have been a truly large conflagration to have required such a large response from DCFD.

Some of the many fire engines along New Hampshire

More images after the jump (more…)

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