Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire

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In 1904 the city of Baltimore was almost destroyed by fire. Hundreds of firemen, policemen, soldiers, and citizens battled the blaze for three days.The disaster brings out the best in man and the bravest of deeds, but one hero stands head and shoulders aboveall...literally. Goliath is a fire horse assigned to Engine Company 15. He is massive in size and mighty in heartand steadfastness. To the men of Engine Company 15, Goliath is the ultimate fire horse. He is the lead horse for the team assigned to pulling the mammoth Hale Water Tower No. 1.When the fire alarm sounds, calling them to action, Goliath leads his team into the blaze. Soon his lifesavingactions will lead him into the pages of history. Masterful artwork from acclaimed illustrator Troy Howell bringsthis true story to pulse-pounding life.Educator Claudia Friddell says of her work researching Goliath, "It wasa privilege to meet and interview firefighters and fire historians about theBaltimore Fire of 1904." Goliath is her first children's book. Claudia livesin Baltimore, Maryland.Artist Troy Howell has had a prolific career as a children's book illustratorwith countless books to his credit, including The Secret Garden, TheUgly Duckling, and Favorite Greek Myths. He received his formal art education from the Art Center in Los Angeles and the Illustrators'Workshops in New York. Troy lives in Falmouth, Virginia.
Publisher: Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781585364558
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Howell, Troy


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SPL_Childrens Feb 21, 2013

The Great Baltimore Fire, in February 1904, was one of the most destructive in North American history.

Starting in a dry goods warehouse, it spread quickly and was soon out of control. Hundreds of firemen, policemen, soldiers and citizens battled the flames for three days and nights. By the time the fire was over, 140 acres and 2500 businesses were destroyed. Miraculously, no lives were lost.

However, many lives would definitely have been lost in the disaster if not for a massive Percheron named “Goliath”, a “fire horse” with Engine Company #15.

Earlier in the day, firemen had noticed that the horse seemed strangely restless. Could he sense something?

When the alarm rang, the firemen and fire horses were on their way in seconds.

Soon after arriving at the fire, a huge explosion ripped through the warehouse. A large group of firemen found themselves trapped on a narrow, dead-end street by the resulting inferno. It was only the massive strength of Goliath, who dragged the fire wagon out of the street to safety, which saved the firemen and the other horses from a horrible death.

The fire jumped from rooftop to rooftop and spread throughout the city. Despite serious burns and other injuries, Goliath stayed and fought the flames for 55 long hours without rest. Not until the fire had burned itself out did he stop.

Six long months of recovery followed before Goliath could return to fight more fires.

Two years later, the City of Baltimore held a parade to celebrate their newly rebuilt city, led by Goliath, a hero. Thousands of people lined the streets to cheer this courageous horse which had saved so many lives.

Before he died at the age of 20 years, Goliath led many more parades in Baltimore - and helped to fight many more fires.

This exciting, true story of dedication and courage in the face of danger is very nicely enhanced by the large, colourful illustrations of artist Troy Howell.


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