Leadership

FIRE AND WATER

Issue 20 and Volume 1895 18.

FIRE AND WATER CHIEF Bonner’s remarks on so-called fireproof buildings have called forth others on both sides. It is put forward by some as an argument against Chief Bonner that the Manhattan Bank was not a fireproof building in what is now the modern sense of the word, if only for the reason that it had all its iron work exposed. Others allege that if the fire had started within the building, it would necessarily have been confined to the room in which it broke out. But such a fire did break out in the office of the “Tribune” Company at Minneapolis—a fireproof building. It started on the third floor and was at once discovered. Within a very short time, however, the whole structure was gutted and seven lives were lost—the alleged fireproof building proving itself a fire-trap of the deadliest description. One such fact reverses whatever verdict may have…

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