Chief Belt on Fire Automobiles. Chief Engineer Belt, of the Washington. O. C., fire department, is of the opinion that automobile fire engines have not been made a reliable substitute for the apparatus in use by the local fire department. The chief has made a personal investigation of auto fire apparatus at the request of Commissioner Macfarland. He found that in Boston and Hartford “propeller-engines” arc in use, but that the engines there are propelled by steam, and are unsuitable for Washington, as the rear wheels have spurs to get hold of the pavement. To operate such machines in the District. Chief Belt said it would result in tearing up the asphalt, especially during the summer months.