Issue 20 and Volume 1895 18.

FIRE PROOF BUILDINGS. The controversy as to fire proof buildings is reaching an acute stage. Chief Bonner took advantage of the Broadway and Bleecker street fire to reiterate his note of warning as to placing too much confidence in such buildings, and has in so many words declared them to be rather death traps for the firemen than a means of safely conducting their operations. He declares them to be fire proof only in name and emphatically adds that there is not a thoroughly fireproof building in New York. His opinions aie the result of experience—an experience which had been added to by the recent destruction of the Manhattan Bank building, the extent of which can be seen in the cut that appears in this week’s impression, which shows not only the ruined structure, but also the effects of the heat on beams and girders. And as that building is,…

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