Less than two years after a devastating fire in Sausalito, two national fire service leaders came to town to speak about fire prevention. Their presentation included several fire-related films to cap off the evening, and this week we are sharing one of the films. Remember that films and the ability to project them had only been around for about 20 years, and sound in films would not be included for about five years after this night.
"The Garage" starred Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, and includes scenes of Fatty playing a fire chief and pulling a hose cart to a fire. One can imagine the same type of scene playing out in Marin County in the early 1900's. As an example, we have also published the story from the Mill Valley Record of "Quite a Serious Fire" in Corte Madera in 1913, when several homes burned down. At that time most of the fire departments only had hose carts and hand tools, and very limited water systems if any at all.
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