Issue 9 and Volume 50.

UNFAVORABLE FIRE CONDITIONS AT POUGHKEEPSIE Following an investigation of the fire conditions at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., by the engineers of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, the following conclusion was reached: “In the principal mercantile district, serious group fires are liable to occur, and under adverse wind conditions these might assume conflagration proportions, because of poor structural conditions, narrow streets, a poorly trained and unreliable fire department and an inadequate water supply. However, high winds are infrequent, and their prevailing direction is diagonally across the dis triet. Manufacturing plants are not closely grouped, and fires should not spread from one to another. The large proportion of incombustible roof coverings reduces the hazard in the residential district. Poughkeepsie has a population of 31,000, and covers an area of three square miles. The highest elevation is 375 feet above sea level. The waterworks are owned by the city, having originally been built…

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