Goliath

Goliath

Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire

Book - 2010
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In a true story from Baltimore history, Goliath the fire horse leads his team into the battle against a devastating fire. His heroic efforts earn him a place in history.
Publisher: Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781585364558
158536455X
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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