CONFLAGRATION HAZARD AT INDIANAPOLIS SEVERE

CONFLAGRATION HAZARD AT INDIANAPOLIS SEVERE

Danger of Spreading Fires in Congested Value District The engineers of the National Board of Fire Underwriters have just completed a reinspection of the city of Indianapolis with a view to ascertaining to what extent the recommendations contained in their report of November, 1912, have been compiled with, and what further fire prevention improvements are necessary. The engineers in discussing the city’s conflagration hazard say:

“In the congested value district the danger of spreading fires is pronounced on account of the large amount of joisted brick construction, the numerous floor openings, the excessive areas and the unprotected mutual exposures; mitigating features are the fair width of streets and water supply; the effectiveness of the fire department is influenced by undermanning of companies and lack of training, so that severe group fires are probable. Minor mercantile districts extend along single streets and should not be subject to spreading fires. Manufacturing plants and groups are scattered and the conflagration hazard is low to moderate. Residential portions of the city are largely frame with shingle roofs; the hazard of flying brands of fire is severe.”

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