Leadership

Mayor of Paris Blames Wood Shingle Roofs for Conflagration

Issue 26 and Volume 59.

Mayor of Paris Blames Wood Shingle Roofs for Conflagration “We would not have had the conflagration but for shingle roofs,” Mayor E. H. McCuistion of Paris, Tex., is quoted as testifying at a hearing before the Texas State Insurance Commission, held at Austin, Tex., on proposed increase of insurance rates. The mayor made this statement when he was asked what he thought was the contributing cause to the conflagration in Paris and to the question: “Suppose all buildings had had non-combustible roofs, would you have had the conflagration?” he answered: “We would not have had the conflagration; the firemen could have controlled the fire. I saw as many as twelve or fifteen roofs burning at a time.” The mayor also related that Paris had had a building code that was repealed in May, 1910, and that when it was repealed he had told the people that he expected to see…

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