Issue 24 and Volume 36.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING The first fire in New York city subway was the result of flames caused by short-circuiting reaching a can of gasolene. The fire was quickly put out, and the fire department, which had been summoned, found little or nothing to do on its arrival. Neither the cars were set afire, nor the débris caused by the collision which preceded the blaze. So far, therefore, everything was satisfactory and justified the claims of the builders of the subway that no fears of a repetition of the Paris calamity need be dreaded. Humanly speaking, that seems to be true, owing to the precautions taken by the management. These are briefly as follows: At each station there is in the ticket seller’s booth an alarm connecting directly with fire headquarters, and each alarm box is connected with manhole boxes in the subway property, each being distant 400 feet from…

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