FIRE HAZARD AT JOHNSTOWN.
Inspector-General William H. Johnson of the National Board of Fire Underwriters has just completed his inspection of Johnstown, Fa., and, referring to the fire hazard, says: “A serious fire recently occurred resulting in the total destruction of the Pennsylvania Traffic company’s stores; a favorable wind at the time prevented the fire from extending through the business sections of the city. There are numerous old frame buildings and blocks of poorly constructed frame buildings within the congested section of the city, which expose buildings of better construction; especially is this the case on both sides of Main street, adjoining, and at the rear of mercantile buildings, where fires arc liable to originate and gain headway before the unreliable volunteer fire department can respond. I be southern or residential section contains almost a solid aggregation of highly combustible frame buildings, with wooden roofing, where fires are liable to extend over a large area. There is a good supply and servicable pressure of water for ordinary fire protection, notwithstanding that fifty per cent of the distributing pipes are of less than eight inches in diameter, which, however, are re-enforced by water from mains of ten, twelve and sixteen inches in diameter.
At San Bernardino, Cal., the explosion of a gasolene stove destroyed the plant of the Daily Free Press.