Crawfordsville Fire: February 5, 1952
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Crawfordsville Fire: February 5, 1952

"LOOKING BACK" By Captain Greg Roembke

"We’re going where?"

This story should give new meaning to the expressions, “That was a long run”, and “You won’t believe who we ran-in with”.  And it also may have been the start of “Give me a repeat on that address”.


February 2nd, 1952 was a typical Saturday until Engine’s 7 and 13 were dispatched to assist on a building fire.  What wasn’t typical was the address.  Crawfordsville Indiana had three buildings on fire and asked for help.  After a double take or two, the 7’s and 13’s pointed their Buffalo’s to the west.

Heavy fog conditions were present for the entire trip, and the Chauffeurs had their hands full. Arriving in Crawfordsville, they were met by IFD Chief Hancock, who put them to work.

Engine 7 laid a line on one side of the building, using over 900 foot of their 2 ½ inch.  On the other side, Engine 13 worked a line that was pumped into by an Engine from Danville Illinois!  (Talk about Mutual Aid)  Both Companies worked handlines for over 2 hours, helping to bring the blaze under control.

Other Departments that sent equipment and men to Crawfordsville were Brownsburg, Veedersburg, Linden, Covington, New Market, Advance, Lafayette, and the above mentioned Danville Illinois.  Although it’s just a guess, this was probably the first time that we got together with a Company from Illinois since 1872 when Chicago had its big burn, and several IFD Companies went north.

As things wound down, the Indianapolis crews were treated to a meal at the Crawfordsville Fire Headquarters before heading back home.

Wouldn’t you have loved to have been part of the conversation at the kitchen table the next morning?

"You guys do anything yesterday”?