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As the fire alarms and telephone service in our station, at 1152 Oak Street, were put out of order by the earthquake, an we could see large columns of smoke arising, in the direction of Hayes Valley, we left at once for that vicinity. At Fillmore and Oak streets, we stopped to release an old lady and two children from their home. We then assisted Engines No. 21 and 14 in their work at Hayes and Laguna streets, under orders of Chief Shaughnessy. When this fire was under control we left same in charge of Captain Boden.

Arriving at Fulton and Laguna streets, we assisted in extinguishing the fire which originated there, acting under orders of Chiefs Shaughnessy and Dolan. By the aid of our Bangor ladder, we were able to subdue a small flame originating on the roof of a building on Octavia St., between Grove and Fulton streets.

We next proceeded to Eighth and Mission streets, where our crew canvassed this neighborhood thoroughly in search of water; but were unable to find any. The fire was subdued on the East side of Eighth St., and as there was no water, by tearing down the building on the northeast corner of Eighth and Mission streets, we were able to prevent the fire from spreading at this point. We were next ordered to Gough and Fell streets, and under orders of Chiefs Waters and McKittrick we remained in this neighborhood and assisted in subduing the fire at this point.

Under Chief Waters we assisted Engines No. 21, 7, 19 and 27 in the neighborhood of Market and Valencia streets, an then proceeded under Captain Dryer, and aided Engines 27 and 19 at Church and Twentieth streets.

We returned to our quarters at 7 a.m. on Friday April 20th, having been on duty for fifty hours.

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