Leadership

Big Fire Due to Incompetent Watchman

Issue 7 and Volume 81.

Big Fire Due to Incompetent Watchman Second Large Fire in Unfinished Apartments in Bronx, New York, from Unknown Causes—Poor Watchman Service in Both Cases A NOTHER mysterious fire of extraordinary proportions completely destroyed the interior of the “Bonnie Brae,” an unfinished 85-family apartment house at the southeast corner of Shakespeare Avenue and Jessup Place, in the Highbridge Section of the Bronx, New York City, early in the morning of March 25 last. This blaze, which was only a few blocks away from the fifth alarm unfinished apartment house fire of Sunday evening, February 19—reported in the March 21 issue of FIRE Engineering—gave the New York Fire Department a two hours’ battle which ended in commendable results. Two Fires in Many Respects Identical The latest sky illuminator was in many respects identical to the former fire in that the watchman system about which the New York Board of Fire Underwriters had…

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