Naples, ME Camp Takajo Fire, Jul 1950

Long Lake Camp Blaze Beaten By Quick-Acting Bucket Brigade

Naples, July 16.---Fire drill rehearsals among the 200 boys at Camp Takajo on Long Lake really paid off here tonight when quick work by a bucket brigade saved the camp library from a fire that started in the woodbox.

Morton Goldman, owner and director said he believed the blaze was spontaneous combustion. It burned the wood in the box and did some damage to the paneling of the building, he said. The fire came as parents were leaving the camp following visitors' day.

Carl J. Kilburn, Naples police officer, praised the boys for their quick work in putting out the blaze. It was practically out, he said, by the time three pieces of equipment from the Naples Fire Department made a quick six-mile trip on the Harrison Road to the camp.

Portland Press Herald, Portland, ME 17 Jul 1950