Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.

Ready to roll from Springfield Fire Headquarters on North Fountain Avenue

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

KAR GARD - 1972

Photo: Roberds Collection

It was a difficult job on Oct. 21, 1972,when a 3-alarm fire destroyed the Kar Gard muffler shop at 2100 South Limestone St., Springfield, Ohio.

Firefighters advanced a 2-1/2 inch line onto the roof by ground ladder (photo) but were forced back.

Flames scorched the tip of their ladder before it could be removed.

The roof collapsed and sent parts of the second floor crashing down, according to Capt. Calvin E. Roberds in the book "From Buckets to Diesels."