Big Fires

Big Fires

A paragraph in FIRE AND WATER of May 2, 1891, says: Something like twenty acres of territory within the city limits of Chattanooga, Tenn., were burned over on Wednesday last, the money losses aggregating fully a quarter of a million of dollars, of which it is stated that about $100,000 was uninsured. That Chattanooga would get a good roasting sooner or later has been predicted for some time past, the fact that the strength of its fire department was far below what was needed in a city of its commercial importance and size being fully recognized by insurance men and outsiders generally.

At the big Boston fire of November 28, 1889, the total quantity of water used was 24,000,000 gallons, and the number of engines employed was fifty-eight, including those that rendered assistance from outside places.

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