Chief Scannell

Chief Scannell

Announcement Date: April 3, 1871

Chief Scannell was very popular and his appointment gave general satisfaction, not only in the city, but in all surrounding districts. Some five hundred members of the former volunteers paraded through the streets in warm appreciation of the appointment of their old Chief. In 1871 while Scannell was Chief, a disastrous fire on Market Street exposed several weak spots in the Fire Department. The fire was in the Harpending Business Block, a group of eight, three story brick building. No department ladder could reach the top of the third story, and several of those used, broke during firefighting operations. To add to the confusion, the fire hose continually burst when the pressure was raised in an unsuccessful attempt to reach the upper floors with adequate streams.