Leadership

FIRE AND WATER

Issue 11 and Volume 1893 13.

FIRE AND WATER THE Boston fire of Friday night is not comparable with the great conflagration of 1872, the total loss being but little over five per cent of the disaster of twenty years ago. But the destruction of several lives raises it from the common-place level of a mere big fire to a great warning of the necessity of providing against that destructive agent. This terrible loss occurred in a way that shows that the science of arresting fire is not yet triumphant. The conflagration began in a store filled with inflammable stock ; but evidently the much-vaunted fireproof construction was either absent where it was needed or did not prevent the dangerous rapidity with which the flames spread. It is creditable to Boston’s fire service that against such a start it was able to check the further progress when it did ; but it is not creditable to…

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