Leadership

DANGER OF A GREAT CONFLAGRATION.

Issue 4 and Volume 63.

DANGER OF A GREAT CONFLAGRATION. One result of the coal famine in the larger cities is the added hazard of fires getting beyond control and becoming serious conflagrations. This danger lies in the fact that the fire departments rely to a certain extent upon the standpipes and automatic sprinkler systems especially in large and high structures to hold in check a fire starting in an unguarded or closed building until the firemen can get to work upon it. In the unheated or partly heated condition of many of these buildings the pipes and sprinklers are in many instances either frozen or burst, or the occupants or owners of the buildings have drawn the water from the pipes, to prevent the loss and damage of burst pipes and thus have rendered this defense against fire inoperative. Chief John Kenlon, of New York City, has gone so far as to say that…

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