Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the Chief) is upstairs in the house.
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More along the lines of his Essanay/Keystone shorts, this simple but effective short has the best gags in the beginning when the Keystone firemen's routine and Chaplin's noble but clumsy attempts to help.