I know that most of the posts here of a serious nature are rather dry insurance/risk management economics. However, the library was getting rid of some books and dropped some off in the department. My assistant found one she thought I’d like. It is a history of fire insurance in Philadelphia and it has a history of firefighting. It was published in MCMXXIX (1929?) by The Franklin Insurance Company of Philadelphia. The book is entitled One Hundred Years and was written by Jerome B. Gray.
No fire has ever blazed that was more replete with thrills and interest than the glowing sparks that fly from the history of its prevention and suppression, for that history is in turn a romance and a paradox.
I’ll let you know how the rest of it is, but it sounds like the author was a bit of a fire bug!