Leadership

Hose Bursting at Philadelphhia.

Issue 9 and Volume 44.

Hose Bursting at Philadelphhia. When Chief Baxter, of the Philadelphia fire department, was asked if he could account for the frequent bursting of hose during the recent fire in the woolen rag warehouse of W. A. Flanagan, at 106 North Tenth street, he said: “I can account for it only from the fact that so many heavy engines ran over the hose when the second alarm was turned in. That frequently happens in second-alarm fires. It would take a pretty strong piece of hose to stand the pressure of the water-tower wagon. One leak at least was caused by the watertower wagon. The hose used in the department is not uniformly good, I admit: but we are replacing it as rapidly as we can. We have plenty of new hose on hand; but we cannot put it in all at once. I do not think handling this fire was delayed…

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