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Chester, WV Fire In Amusement Park, June 1915


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On This Day in West Virginia History... On June 5, 1915, the Old Mill at Rock Springs Park in Chester burned, killing four young people.


A side note to this story from the Chapter Ten, Great Fires by Gary Cornell is as follows

The East Liverpool Fire Department received the first call. This was the custom since the volunteer department in Chester was inadequate. East Liverpool responded with Engine Co. 1, the Chiefs Auto, and six men led by Chief A. S. Aungst.

When the Chester volunteers arrived they found the fire being fought by East Liverpool. They laid two more hydrant lines, but this only cut down the pressure of the lines already in operation. Chief Aungst told them to shut down their lines. This did not set too well with the volunteers or their Chief, Eugene Arnott.

When Chief Aungst tried to give them orders on how to attack the fire he was told to mind his own business. Later, when the fire was under control, Aungst went to Arnott and said that East Liverpool was leaving. He told Chester to hook up to the hydrant that East Liverpool was using. With this an argument broke out between the two Chiefs. Arnott threatened to have Aungst arrested if he disconnected the East Liverpool hose line. The East Liverpool Chief then gave Arnott five minutes to hook up his own lines. East Liverpool's firefighters were leaving, whether Chester was ready or not. With this it was said that the Chester Chief became abusive and wanted to fight. Chief Aungst refused and the East Liverpool firefighters left.


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