A Novel Fire Escape.
A new idea in the way of a fire escape has been evolved by a Duluth man, T. H. Jennings, who has also patented his invention.
The illustration, given herewith, pretty well explains itself, but the following description, furnished by the inventor, will give a more comprehensive understanding of the construction and working of the apparatus, which is a form of elevator, attached to the back of a building, with fireproof doors leading into it from the end of each hallway on every floor. The doors are designed to close automatically, so that the person entering is at once shut off from the fire. He steps on a platform in the levator and his own weight will take him to the bottom and land him out of doors.
The elevator part also works automatically and cannot, it is claimed, be put out of order in the excitement. The weight of a child is sufficient to send the platform to the bottom, the speed being regulated automatically by a common governor attached at the top. The platforms are attached to an endless chain, folding as they pass up and falling into place as they come down.
We are informed that one of these escapes has been erected and put in practical operation and has worked well, and that a company has been formed in St. Louis to manufacture them and put them upon the market. The device is known as the Jennings Automatic Fire Escape.