The Mansion House Fire

Issue 6 and Volume 83.

The Mansion House Fire Presents Problem of Its Own to the Fire Fighting Force—Life Hazard Relatively Severe THE fire described in this series of articles on administration was suggested by Henry W. Pilch, who is identified with the Madison, New Jersey, Fire Department. Mr. Pilch has submitted much of the information included, particularly on the causes of fires and difficulties encountered. The chief causes of fire in the mansion house may be listed as follows: Defective heating plants and flues; oil and gas heaters used in connection with old flues; also the use of new heating appliances not carefully designed; sparks on roof; large log fires in open fire places; chimney fires; large expanse of wood shingle roofs; careless use of electric fixtures and appliances by servants and workmen; painters’ torches, etc; lightning; careless use of smoking materials. Difficulties Encountered The great danger in private dwellings is the possible loss…

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