FIRE PROTECTION AT MASSILLON.

FIRE PROTECTION AT MASSILLON.

The Gamewell fire alarm system at Massillon, Ohio, has now been perfected and works to admiration. It was tested the other night before the board of public safety and a crowd of visitors, who were examining the renovated central office. Chief A. Burkle had just finished explaining the working of the system, and the visitors were being taken round the building, when an alarm of fire was sounded, with the usual results of an unceremonious shoving of the strangers on one side, the rush of the horses, the dropping of the harness, the opening of the big doors, and the disappearance of the apparatus— all in less than seven seconds. It was a test alarm, unexpected by any save the chief and the man who turned it in. It served its purpose of satisfying the board of public safety and their friends that their fire department was not to be caught napping. T he central engine house has accommodations for seven men, besides the chief. These sleep in two rooms, the chief having his own private office in a third room. The apparatus of the department is as follows : Steamer, not in use; hand engine; chemical extinguishers, two; hook and ladder truck; hose carriages, all kinds, five; patrol wagon; hose, 2,500 feet, good, 2,000, inferior; horses, six. With the exception of a very few firemen, the department is volunteer and comprises about seventy men, There are over twenty fire alarm boxes, covering a fire area of two miles square, in which are many brick and stone mercantile buildings two to five stories high, and private residences one-story to three-story, of wood. Between 260 and 270 hydrants are set in the city, and the fire pressure is 125 pounds.

A fatal hotel fire is reported from Glens Ferry, Idaho.

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