The Buddy's Gulf Explosion
explosion was only 1/2 mile from where I had been standing, so it
didnt take me long to get to the scene. This is the first shot I took.
Another view showing the pit on fire and the houses obliterated by fire and smoke.
When the first engine showed-up, they knew they were in trouble: There were only 3 men on the engine and this fire would need a dozen. On the left is Doug McComas and Bill Pauley, both off-duty Charleston firefighters who just happen to be passing by, and stopped to help.
Capt George Venitsanos is wondering why he's getting no pressure from his hose. The explosion had damaged the line to the hydrant as I recall. At this point, there are still only three people fighting the fire.
More passersby show up to lend a hand and the water pressure has been restored.
The main thing at this point was to save the houses behind the gas station. The car meanwhile is fully engulfed.
Another Engine Company has arrived and the fire is being attacked on two fronts.