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Short Circuited Motor on Window Sill Causes Hotel Fire in Detroi

Issue 25 and Volume 63.

Short Circuited Motor on Window Sill Causes Hotel Fire in Detroi The fire hazard of unprotected motors, installed on timbers, flooring, window sills, probably oil-soaked and inflammable, is emphasized by a fire reported to FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING by the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Detroit, Mich., fire department, of which William McGraw is chief. The Cadillac Hotel is situated at Washington boulevard and Michigan avenue, in the central part of the city. The fire was discovered at 12:36 a. m., at the rear of the first floor, in close proximity to the elevator shaft. Investigation by the bureau disclosed the cause as the short-circuiting of a motor mounted on an unprotected wooden and oil-soaked window sill. The switch to this motor was closed, showing that it was running at the time of the fire. The hotel building was six stories in height, of brick and wood, with wooden partition…

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