A New Fire Escape
A newly-invented fire escape includes a support in the form of a ladder, and a vertically moving cage, with means for moving the cage upward or downward. The illustrations, which give a clear idea of the invention, show the following: Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a fire escape in accordance with this invention. Fig. 2 is a fragmentary view upon an enlarged scale, and showing the cage in side elevation. Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2 and showing the cage in front elevation. Fig. 4 is a fragmentary view of the cage. Fig. 5 is a section on line 5—5, Fig. 1, with the drum removed. Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the winding drum and Fig. 7 is a fragmentary view illustrating one end of the winding drum and locking device therefor.
When the cage is in the position shown in Fig. 1, a person can enter the same from over the top of the ladder or a fireman can stand in the cage and assist in the rescuing of a person from the building -without any danger of falling. After a person has entered the cage or been placed in the cage by a rescuer, the cage is lowered by operating the drum 13. When the cage arrives at the lower portion of the ladder, the bar 32 is swung outwardly and the person can leave the cage or be removed therefrom. The rod 32 can be shifted outwardly when the cage is at any desired point on the ladder so that a person can leave the cage and descend on the ladder.
The fire escape is the invention of Frank Guidice, of New York City, whose application was filed February 27, 1924, the serial number being 695,505. The patent was granted July 2, 1924, the number being 1,501,991.