Issue 6 and Volume 64.

A CASE REQUIRING INVESTIGATION. A case which emphasizes the importance of careful inspection by the members of the fire department of all buildings, especially those of a public character, or used for the purposes of a charitable or penal institution, was the fire in the Juvenile Detention Home, Walker Township, near Grand Rapids, Mich., in which five young children were burned to death, and many more would have lost their lives but for the prompt and heroic work of the fire department. In this instance the department was blameless, as the home was out of its jurisdiction and was a state institution. The cause of this loss of life among the inmates arose from the fact that escape was cut off by the stairways, and that the windows of the detention pens were barred with heavy wire screens, so strong that it was necessary to hack each wire separately, and…

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