EFFORTS OF QUICK-THINKING FIREFIGHTER NOT ENOUGH.
Byline: - Diana L. Roemer
A firefighter who doused flames in one structure with chicken broth Noun 1. chicken broth - a stock made with chicken
broth, stock - liquid in which meat and vegetables are simmered; used as a basis for e.g. soups or sauces; "she made gravy with a base of beef stock" and toilet water after running out of water apologized to other cabin owners Friday for not being able to save their homes.
U.S. Forest Service Capt. Herman Garcia fought the fire through the night Monday as the Williams Fire destroyed cabins near his San Dimas fire station.
``I feel for them and am sorry I could not do more. I hurt for them,'' Garcia said.
Garcia, who had been working a desk job, left to help fight flames that were devouring de·vour
tr.v. de·voured, de·vour·ing, de·vours
1. To eat up greedily. See Synonyms at eat.
2. To destroy, consume, or waste: Flames devoured the structure in minutes. mountain cabins Monday.
He held a fire at bay on one roof with water from a backpack. After the pack was empty, Garcia hunted inside the cabin for water.
A pot of chicken broth was on the stove stove, device used for heating or for cooking food. The stove was long regarded as a cooking device supplementary to the fireplace, near which it stood; its stovepipe led into the fireplace chimney. It was not until about the middle of the 19th cent. . He used that and then scooped water from the toilet.
Though that cabin was saved, most others - more than 70, at last count - are rubble.
Forestry officials said Garcia and all the firefighters deserve credit for their efforts.
Neither Garcia's sorrow nor the loss of so many cabins are reflected as a failure by firefighters, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gail Wright.
On the second day they were allowed to return, most cabin owners found nothing but charred river rock porches and incinerated interiors. Downed power lines snagged snag
1. A rough, sharp, or jagged protuberance, as:
a. A tree or a part of a tree that protrudes above the surface in a body of water. Also called sawyer. See Regional Note at preacher.
b. A snaggletooth. and looped from branches, their poles toppled. Still- flaming flaming - flame tree trunks blocked paths. Vegetable and flower gardens stood shriveled shriv·el
intr. & tr.v. shriv·eled or shriv·elled, shriv·el·ing or shriv·el·ling, shriv·els
1. To become or make shrunken and wrinkled, often by drying: and dried out; cars and trucks were gray shells.