Owing to a wet slippery pavement the huge auto fire truck of the local department skidded while making a run to a fire at Eleventh and Orange streets shortly before noon today, and plunging into the curb nearly tore a front wheel off of the machine. The axle was bent to an angle of nearly 45 degrees.
One or two of the boys were thrown from the machine but escaped with minor bruises.
A hasty examination was made and the truck proceeded slowly.
A house owned by A. Pottenger of this city and occupied by J. Granman was completely destroyed. The origin of the fire was not determined. The loss will reach $2,500, partially covered by insurance.
The house was a mass of flames when the blaze was first discovered, so that nothing could have been saved had no accident occurred to the fire truck.
Other homes were endangered, however, by the delay but a hard fight with garden hose in the hands of the citizens led by Chief Hittson and Officer Cingcade of the police force saved the nearby buildings until the fire truck limped up and the heavy hose came into play.
Mr. Granman, who occupied the house, moved in yesterday, completely furnishing it with new furniture.
The fixtures were put in the house but yesterday. He invested nearly $600 and had not insured it.
Previously the place had been untenanted for some time. Mr. Granman is a recent arrival in the valley and has a daughter living with him.
Frank Lindley, driver of the fire truck, stated today that he had slowed down considerably for the corner, owing to the condition of the pavement and was not aware of any danger until the crown of the pavement was reached in making the curve.
The big car then suddenly skidded directly toward the curb and he was powerless in his attempts to check it.
During the winter months the car is equipped with chains in the front as well as the rear wheels but these chains were recently removed owing to the continued dry weather.
Six Overland automobiles loaded double-decked in a freight car arrived in Medford this morning, making 19 Overlands shipped here to Mr. Gates since February 4.
This shipment contains one 45-horsepower torpedo body touring car equipped with electric lights and electric self-starter, one 30-horsepower torpedo body car similarly equipped, three 30-horsepower five-passenger cowl dash cars and one 30-horsepower five-passenger touring car.
Quite a crowd of local people were at the station watching the unloading of the car. The automobiles are now at the garage of C.E. Gates, the Overland Man.