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ANOTHER FAILURE OF SPRINKLERS.

Issue 11 and Volume 42.

ANOTHER FAILURE OF SPRINKLERS. At Dorchester, Mass., the damage at a recent fire in the Walter Baker company’s premises on River street, which are being remodeled as a storehouse, need not have caused a $12,000 loss, if the sprinkler-service had not been injured by the accidental breaking of a water main. A big rosin tank which had frequently overflowed and left a heavy deposit of hardened resin on the floors round it, was being removed in sec tions, which had left large openings in the floor. The fire started near one of these openings on the first floor, and about 180 listy heads of the sorinkler apparatus opened at once, and the pressure of 90 lbs. was ample. The system was installed in 1905, according to mutual specifications On this occasion, however, it failed to act. On examination after the fire, it was found that a 3 in. supply main…

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