FIRE PROTECTION OF MONTREAL.
The board of trade of Montreal, Que., is urging very shortly the improvement of the city’s fire protection. It insists that the fire department must be considerably added to; that there must be no further delay in erecting tht fire hall on Berthelet street; that further pumping capacity should be provided, in view of the annexation of outlying municipalities. It protests against the lax enforcement of the citv bvelaws relating to the supervision of electrical installation, storage of explosives and erection of new buildings, and expresses approval of the city council’s recent action in adopting a byelaw providing for the removal of overhead wires. It insists further that more fire stations should be erected, and that there should at all times be a reserve pumping capacity of not less than fifty per cent.
The Curtin Lumber company’s plant, at Curtin, W. Va., has been totally destroyed by fire, entailing a loss of $50,000. Several million feet of lumber were destroVrd and practically nothing was saved. The forest surrounding Curtin burned and threatened to devastate the entire timber region of Nicholas-county. The fire spread on all sides, and the loss exceeded $100,000. Fortunately, there were no towns in the path of the flames.