FIRE NOTES FROM OTTAWA.
On July 5, 1907, the planing mill of W. C. Edwards was burned, and sundry curbstone critics raised the cry that the fire should have been confined to the planing mill, whereas, after destroying the mill yard and other property, it destroyed a wooden building on the Blackburn property and gutted a stone building with a tin roof. An investigation was held before Judge Gunn, at which Chief Provost and his men were exonerated from all blame. It was decided by the judge that the spread i f the fire and the ultimate destruction of the mill yard were unavoidable, and that tlutwo other buildings already referred to were “in dangerous proximity to the flames.” The decision further stated that the “streams obtained from the hydrantpressure at no time were effective to cope with the fire; that Deputy Chief Latimer was quite justified in placing and maintaining the first engine on the Stanley American hydrant; and the action of the chief in placing tbe other engines, one at the Rideau river, the other on the Sus sex street hydrant, as he did on their arrival, was fully warranted by the circumstances, and the management and efficiency of the methods and plans adopted and the course pursued in fighting, or endeavoring to suppress the fire are not open to objection. It was, however, extremely fortunate that the error in not sounding the fire-alarm from station No. 6 was redeemed by giving it from box 61. and that tbe ‘stray blow’ was rendered ineffective, because of the efficiency of the methods and plans adopted by the brigade. * * * The evidence does not sustain or warrant any objections to the management of the fire and the efficiency of the plans and methods adopted and course pursued for its suppression. There is. therefore, nothing further that I can usefully add.” The decision also referred to the “commendable promptness of Capt. Taylor and his men from No. 6 station,” and Judge Gunn did not think “any material advantage would have been gained by placing an engine on the Mansfield wharf.” When the above decision was placed before the counsel bv tbe mayor, an alderman suggested it would be “proper now to increase Chief Provost’s salary as some of the aldermen had proposed.” The investigation cost about $800. Chief Provost’s expenses for counsel for himself amounted to $250. It is not probable that the council will allow him to pay that out of bis own pocket, as the investigation was proved to be unnecessary.—East Ottawa council has determined to do more for its recently reorganised fire brigade. It will now be thoroughly equiped with additional rubber boots, lanterns, hose and sleigh. The firehouse will also be repaired and enlarged, and at some future period from $700 to $1,000 will be laid out in the instal.ation of a new fire-alarm system.