National Geographic : 1941 Dec
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome by W. Robert Moore Guayaquil Volunteers Fight Flames Flung from the Sky by an Airplane Crash Because many downtown buildings are of wood painted to resemble stone, fire has always been the archenemyofthe city, repeatedly laying waste large areas. The citizens have a fire department of 5,000 members, organized into 24 well-drilled companies proud of their discipline and efficiency. Officers wear resplendent uniforms and receive as much homage as high-ranking military leaders. Despite modern equipment and heroic work, anentire business block was destroyed on this occasion, and several lives were lost.