Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (, and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, March 01, 2010

1921 – “FIRE”

May 1921 marked the end of a dry “rainy season” (see last week’s article on the zebra stampede). So much dryness also resulted in several fires in Nairobi. And each fire presented its own challenges.
A large tank of “sulphuric acid” in back of the former post office blew up during one fire sending sparks and debris flying. Luckily, no one was injured. Another fire near the stockyards and a “petrol godown” (a warehouse) had to be stopped before reaching the fuel. With no hydrants to be found, Firemaster Edwards ordered the fire to be put out with the stock tanks of cattle and sheep dip.

In yet another fire on Government Road at the E. African Cycle Mart, African Askaris were ordered to use their fezzes as buckets to pass along water found in watering tanks or in swampy ditches.

So where are the hydrants? A reporter suggested that they are hidden in tall grass, unmarked and un-inspected. Yet Firemaster Edwards was “observed giving his new uniform an airing” one day, and the “epaulettes on his shoulders resembled a fresh currency crisis as they scintillated and shone in the sunlight.” Hmmm, sounds a might sarcastic to me.

But never fear. For those not yet insured, The Red Book (the East African Handbook and Directory) has an advertisement to purchase fire insurance from The Northern Assurance Co. Ltd, on Government Road, Nairobi. They boasted assets to exceed 15,000,000 pounds.

Next week: More Nairobi news
Clips and quotes taken from The Leader of British East Africa. May 07 and 14, 1921

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: Follow short updates on

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