ANOTHER WELL-PROTECTED PLANT.

ANOTHER WELL-PROTECTED PLANT.

The plant which the United Shoe Machinery company, of Beverly, Mass., has recently built in that town is fairly well protected against fire. It consists of a group of buildings erected parallel to each other, eighty feet apart, and constructed entirely of Ransom concrete, the plant being the largest ever constructed of this material. The buildings are four stories in height, and there is nothing combustible excepting the window frames, benches and the roof of the foundry building. The entire plant is well cut off. there being six main fire sections. All direct openings are protected by standard automatic fire doors, and the exnosed windows are protected by wire-glass. A fire service main encircles the entire group of buildings, with hydrants advantageously located. There are two pumps to supplement the town water supply. Inside standpipes are installed, and extinguishers are on on the different floors. There is. however, no sprinkler equipment. Tt seems strange that, while the company was putting up a plant so fire-resistant in nearly every particular, it should have stuck to the non-chemicallv treated wooden window frames and gone in for a wooden roof to the foundry— the most hazardous risk of the lot.

Leigh, Neb., recently held a special election to vote on an issue of waterworks bonds, which was carried by a large majority. A standpipe scheme was favored.

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