Issue 21 and Volume 39.

FIRE HAZARD AT CHARLESTON. According to the report of the engineers of the committee of twenty of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, the features most affecting the conflagration hazard at Charleston, S. C. “are mainly due to structural weakness. This naturally follows in a city where the buildings are almost uniformly old and in poor condition. In addition, the blocks are large, streets narrow; there are occasional conflagration-breeders, the water supply is weak, and the fire department lacks in reserve strength. A slight mitigation is found in the fact that the risks which are most likely to make very bad fires are comparatively few—heights are mainly low and areas small, and the accessibility, as a rule, is fair to good. On the whole, however, the conflagration-hazard of Charleston is severe, and any fire beyond the control of the fire department could spread rapidly in all directions.” The committee submits…

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