In To Kill a Mockingbird, what caused the firemen to have such trouble putting out Miss Maudie's house when it was on fire?A. Maycomb did not have the fire hydrants and the trucks could only hold a...
In To Kill a Mockingbird, what caused the firemen to have such trouble putting out Miss Maudie's house when it was on fire?
A. Maycomb did not have the fire hydrants and the trucks could only hold a little bit of water.
B. The men of Maycomb thought it was too cold to volunteer, so not enough men were there to fight the fire.
C. Outside the temperature was below freezing and the truck and the hoses were frozen.
D. The fire hydrants had run dry and no one had refilled them.
One could argue that the outside temperature was below freezing and the truck and hoses were frozen, which is why it was so difficult to put out Miss Maudie's house fire. In chapter 8, the small town of Maycomb experiences a rare snowfall as the temperature dramatically drops. When Atticus wakes his children in the middle of the night, he tells them to stay put in the Radley's yard because Miss Maudie's home is on fire. Jem and Scout end up watching as all the neighbors rush to help retrieve furniture from Maudie's home.
Unfortunately, Maycomb's fire truck is "killed by the cold" and the hose bursts as soon as it is attached to the hydrant. However, a fire truck from Abbottsville does arrive and is able to pump water from the working fire hydrant onto Miss Maudie's burning home. Unfortunately, the firemen from Abbottsville are not able to save Maudie's home as it collapses into flames.
The answers A, B and D are totally incorrect, so I suppose the best possible answer of the four is C. It is true that it was freezing outside; and it is true that the truck was probably frozen.
The old fire truck, killed by the cold, was being pushed from town by a crowd of men.
I suppose the hose could also have been frozen, and that is why
When the men attached its hose to a hydrant, the hose burst and water shot up, tinkling down on the pavement.
Finally, a fire truck which had been dispatched from nearby Abbottsville pumped water on the house. Another fire truck showed up, but there was only one hydrant available and it was already in use, so they used hand extinguishers to combat the flames.