Leadership

PASS SHINGLE ROOF ORDINANCE WHILE EMBERS ARE COOLING

Issue 7 and Volume 79.

PASS SHINGLE ROOF ORDINANCE WHILE EMBERS ARE COOLING After 30-Block Fire in Newport, Ark., Legislation Hurriedly Put Through Forbidding Combustible Roofs—Little Rock Assists at Fire WOODEN shingles were directly responsible for the destruction by fire of 325 homes in the little city of Newport, Ark., many of these the finest in the municipality. After the damage had been done the city fathers hastily met and proceeded to “lock the stable door,” passing an ordinance forbidding the use of combustible roofing material on all buildings subsequently erected. Courtesy Arkansas Gazette. The fire originated in a lumber shed at the river bank and quickly spread to a lumber mill adjoining. The wind was of gale proportions and the fire leaped 500 feet over a section house belonging to the Missouri Pacific Railway, and attacked the residential quarter. Here the hundreds of dwellings surmounted by wooden shingle roofs, many old and dry as…

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