INEFFECTIVE FIRE APPARATUS.
AN unusual accident happened to the fire apparatus which responded to an alarm of fire in East New York, Brooklyn bor. rough, on Tuesday last. Fire was discovered in a frame dwelling in Jerome street, about threequarters of a mile from the nearest fire station. Three engines and one hook and ladder company immediately responded to the alarm. The latter was two miles from the scene, and one of the engines three miles away. The fire broke out at 2:30 a. m., when the roads were almost obliterated with snow. It seemed a hopeless task to reach the place under the circumstances; but the attempt was made, in spite of the difficulties encountered. Soon after the start, engine 25 stuck fast in a snow drift several feet high; while the hook and ladder truck was wellnigh buried. The other engines met with a similar fate. Two hours afterwards, when the apparatus was dug out and brought to the scene of the fire, nothing remained of the two houses, in one of which the fire originated, but smouldering ashes. It is very fortunate that we are seldom visited with such heavy snow storms, as it would be a very costly and cumbersome undertaking to have to equip all of our fire apparatus with runners, which might not be called into use in a decade. The incident, however, proves the necessity for providing light engines to be stationed in the suburban districts of the city, that could be placed on such runners, should necessity demand it, with the least possible delay. We tr_____st Commissioner Scannell will see that all apparatus in the outljing fire stations, especially on Long Island, are so provided, and thus prevent a similar mishap to that related above. There should be no delay in the matter. Such runners, at all events, should be provided in some locations before more snow falls to cause further disaster. Winter has only just begun, and already, in addition to the fire before mentioned,two others, that in the borough of Bronx, in which the electric car stables were destroyed, and that at the corner of Wooster and West Third streets, in the borough of Manhattan— in the case of the first,more particulary—the fire apparatus was either unnecessarily delayed, owing to the drifted snow, or could not reach the scene at all.