Though the fire fighters  were capable of dealing with real blazes,  the Fair
had their own fire department, hence, Hale's firefighters found action  on the
Pike. The attraction was operated by George C. Hale, former Kansas City Fire Chief, who ascended into celebrity status while receiving first prize at the 1893 International Fire Tournament in London.















and children to rescued, while hoses were  fought the `blaze,'  the strongest men pumped the `water.'  The interesting fact for this attraction was that there was no fire
used in this spectacle.  Special effects and stage tricks which
included: steam, electricity, film, stained  glass, silk, celluloid
and assorted mechanics physical effects created a realistic
illusion of a building on fire.

At the end, the  building  collapsed after the rescue of its
inhabitants.

After the show, the crowd  gazed at a collection of old and new
firefighting equipment. New York sent two fire wagons once
pumped by George Washington and Benedict Arnold. 
  
There was a 2,000  seat  restaurant in the exhibit  as well.
HALE'S FIRE FIGHTERS
Exhibit Statictics:

Building cost:     52,500 dollars
Admission Cost:  25 cents adults  15 cents children
Exhibition Profit-  326,994.21 dollars

George C. Hale in Kansas City
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The building contained a  5,000 seat auditorium to house the 50 minute show. Hale repeated the  extravaganza four times daily.

The show began with informative  on how the fire wagons worked as well as draft horses leaping through `fire.'  The the set switched to a New York City street and illustrated how  the brave firefighters  were alerted, responded and dealt with a six-story  building fire.   There were women