BRITAIN: When Firemen Stop Fighting

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In 2 a.m. darkness, a fire alarm clanged alive at the barracks of Britain's Grenadier Guards in the Chelsea section of London. Guardsmen scrambled aboard two old-fashioned civil defense fire trucks and sped toward a blaze reported out of control in the student quarters of King's College Hospital Medical School. When the troops arrived 15 minutes later, after taking one wrong turn, their low-pressure pumps failed to hose water as high as the third floor; flames were already licking at the roof. Worse, ladders extended only to the second floor....

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