BETTER CONDITIONS AT CLEVELAND.
The insurance companies have given notice that rates in the congested business districts of Cleveland have been reduced, owing to the greatir protection afforded by the new separate fire main service. The district thus affected comprises about fifty blocks between Lakeside avenue N. E., Huron and Canal roads, and East and West Ninth streets. The new main system was constructed as the result of recommendations made by the inspection bureau in 1904, and is supplied by the fireboats. Later a separate pump will be built at the foot of East Ninth street. Mains have been laid through all of the streets in the business district, having a normal pressure of 150 lbs. to the square inch, which can be increased to 225 lbs. in case of emergency. Elaborate tests have been made, showing that the two fireboats were sufficient to supply the’ new fire mains. The new pump will be used in case one of the boats is unfitted for service, al though the tests show that even one boat can handle a large fire. Direct telephonic signal service has been installed between each hydrant in the district and the source of supply, so that de lays in communication will be eliminated. While it is not asserted that the system is perfect, no fear is now expressed by the insurance companies that the service will prove inadequate. There are fifty-four fireproof buildings in the territory protected by the new system which are trusted to to act as conflagration stops, together with thirtytwo other buildings equiped with automatic sprinklers. The authorities declare that it would be impossible for a fire in the downtown district to get beyond control, unless the effectiveness of the service was divided by other fires at the same time. A dozen large streams can now’ be thrown to the top of some of the largest buildings without the aid of the fire steamers. Under the new schedule of rates thousands of dollars will be saved to property owners, and at the same time the efficiency of the fire department has been increased enormously.