Leadership

Boston and New York Wharf Fires.

Issue 8 and Volume 44.

Boston and New York Wharf Fires. The recent heavy losses by the dock fire at South Boston have called to the minds of fire underwriters the assurances of safety put forth by the heads of the Boston fire department at the time of the serious dock fires in New York harbor in 1904. The following interviews with the Boston authorities, published on May 31, 1904, will be interesting reading in view of recent experiences: “Fire Commissioner Russell was interviewed regarding the possibility of such a tire as that of Jersey City occurring in Boston; when asked, in view of the large fire in the Jersey City docks and a remark made by Chief Croker, of the New York fire department, that such a lire could only he fought adequately with fireboats, what chance do you think there would lie in Boston, Mr. Commissioner, for a like lire to occur here?…

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