Leadership

FIREPROOF CONSTRUCTION.

Issue 6 and Volume 32.

FIREPROOF CONSTRUCTION. How far does fireproof construction stand the test of a fierce blaze? The question is often asked, and, as yet, no sure answer has been returned in the face of the many instances, especially in Pittsburgh and Detroit, where it seems to have proved a failure. The building shown in the accompanying illustration (reproduced by courtesy of the Insurance Press of New York) shows the ruins of a large cracker factory in a Western city after the building had been subjected to a fiery trial. The structure was four stories in height, with a basement of heavy mill construction, with the exception of the mortar under the ovens. These are of brick, fireproof construction, five in number, of brick, thirty feet high, with an area of ten by twenty feet. Their bases are at the fourth floor line; they extend through the fourth and fifth stories to the…

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