Leadership

BIG CONFLAGRATION AT ST. PAUL

Issue 8 and Volume 45.

BIG CONFLAGRATION AT ST. PAUL Specially written for Fire and Water Engineering On the night of January 29, with a wind blowing at the rate of 48 miles a minute and the mercury 6° below zero, St. Paul, Minn., was visited with a destructive conflagration, which just fell short of causing a $500,000 loss. The blaze started in a congested portion of the city, where the buildings are of a by no means fireproof description, notwithstanding which and the severe atmospheric conditions, the fire department, under Chief Strapp, confined the flames to three 4-story business buildings, all occupying an extensive amount of ground, and not one of them even moderately fire-resistant. Their outside walls were of brick, backed to a limited height by hollow bricks laid in concrete. Internally, there were the accustomed large floor-spaces always found in department and other large stores, with elevators not protected, wide openings, and…

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