Leadership

FIRE LADDERS

Issue 3 and Volume 1.

FIRE LADDERS The main reason for the destruction of Field & Letter’s dry goods establishment, in Chicago, recently, lay in the fact that the fire originated in tho attic above tho fifth story, and was perfectly inaccessible to the Firemen. No means were provided by which the roof could be reached from tho outside, and the flames had taken posssession of every avenue of approach inside. As a consequence, the Firemen and citizens had to stand by uml see the upper portion of the building burn without being able to cheek the flames. This fact has led the Council to pass an ordinance requiring metallic ladders and fire escapes to be provided for such lofty buildings, thus furnishing a ready means by which the roof may he readied. The matter of enforcing the ordinance is left to a Commission, which consists of the Mayor, Fire Marshal, Superintendent of Buildings, Chairman…

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