Leadership

PARKER BUILDING FIRE, MANHATTAN

Issue 5 and Volume 43.

PARKER BUILDING FIRE, MANHATTAN The great fire of January 10 by which the Parker building, a twelve-story steel-frame structure at the southeast corner of Fourth avenue and Nineteenth street, Manhattan, New York, was burned, has created quite an interest among architects, builders, fire chiefs and insurance men on account of the peculiar circumstances attending it in connection with the rotten hose, the lack of adequate water-pressure and the construction of the building. The rottenness of the hose, fortytwo lengths of which burst, according to Fire Commissioner Lanfcfy and Chief Crokcr, has been over and over again shown at previous fires, and the Parker episode has only brought it to a head. The same may he said of the inadequate waterpressure that called for as many as six engines to be attached for joint operation before a steam could be thrown higher than the fourth floor—the pressure downtown being sometimes as…

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