Issue 15 and Volume 1888 4.

WHAT FIRE ENGINES CAN DO A recent issue of a leading fire insurance journal gave considerable space to the subject of high buildings. In various parts of the country there are structures reaching twelve stories in height, while in New York quite a number reach fourteen and fifteen. The journal objected to these buildings, taking the ground that the great height would not permit of effective work by engines in case of fire. It explicitly stated that there are at present no fire engines capable of throwing an effective stream to the top of a ten-story building, to say nothing of one twelve or more. It recommended the erection of stand pipes, to which the hose of engines could be attached, and, by a system of connections at the top, render adequate services. A Mail and Express reporter was disposed to doubt the accuracy of the statements and sought the…

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