In 1913, the city hall firemen of Jamestown had about reached the conclusion that a strip of the Martin Road just outside the city limits was hoodooed. They had reason to think so for twice in 24 hours they had been called out there. The first call was when a dwelling house the other side of the city line was burned and the adjoining property was saved by the 2,000 odd feet of hose that was laid from the nearest hydrant. About 11:30 the evening of the same day the firemen got another call to extinguish a blaze that threatened to destroy a taxicab. This taxicab had taken a party to the country and was returning. Near the spot where the earlier fire occurred, he collided with a hay rack. The hayrack knocked out the gasoline line, allowing the fluid to escape. A second vehicle, brought to tow the taxicab, backfired on starting and set fire to the front of the taxi.