Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire
In 1904 the city of Baltimore was almost destroyed
by a fire that raged out of control. Hundreds of firemen,
policemen, soldiers, and citizens battled the blaze
for almost three days. By the time the fire ended,
over 100 acres of land had been burned and more than
two thousand businesses were destroyed.
The disaster brings out the best in man and the bravest
of deeds but one hero stands head and shoulders above
all – literally. Goliath is a fire horse assigned
to Engine Company 15. Goliath is massive in size (weighing
one ton) and mighty in heart and steadfastness. To
the men of Engine Company 15, he is known as 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 lifesaving
actions will lead him into the pages of history.
Accompanied by masterful artwork from acclaimed illustrator
Troy Howell, author Claudia Friddell brings this true
story from Baltimore’s past to vivid, pulse