In 1917, there still was no firefighting equipment in Pass Christian.
The Gulfport fire engine was called and reached the scene in about 40 minutes, but due to low water pressure, it was unable to perform.
An engine from Biloxi also responded to the call, but before its arrival, the walls of the massive building fell.
A large number of firemen from Bay St. Louis walked across the three-mile railroad trestle because there was no automobile bridge at that time.
Meanwhile, from Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi, Delisle, and Cuevas, large numbers of people were attracted by the flames that lit up the heavens.
Needless to say, in the following year firefighting equipment was added to the volunteer "Bucket Brigade".