Leadership

AMONG THE FIRE ENGINEERS

Issue 16 and Volume 38.

AMONG THE FIRE ENGINEERS Specially reported for FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. There seems to be a superstitious avoidance generally of equipping with proper fire protective apparatus buildings devoted to the manufacture of gunpowder, guncotton, celluloid, nitroglycerine and other explosives. Possibly this neglect is born of the idea that it is no use to try to fight a fire in such buildings, either because after an explosion nothing is left standing, or because the flames, having so much to feed on, make too rapid progress to be controled, or because the factories, as a rule, are erected so far away from inhabited centres of population that no fire department can reach them in time to be of any use. The latest example—and it was a disastrous one—of this superstition was at AVON, CONN., where a piece of fuse ignited in the Climax Fuse company’s works, and caused an explosion followed by…

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