Luna Trim Seconds before curtain reduced, stage manager J. W. Thorpe saw a smaller flame from the lower a part of a drop scenery hanging close to the center stage border light. Thorpe later said the flame was about how big is his hand. Thorpe sought out the lake buckets, but also for some reason, they weren't where they were said to be. He seriously considered while using fire hose backstage, but so much scenery was in just how, he decided it turned out quicker to extinguish the fireplace by beating it with long stage poles. Thorpe directed his carpenters, Hamilton Weaver and William Van Sicken, to try to quell the fireplace by banging it with two large stage poles.