Interior Fire Alarms in New York
By an amendment to subdivision 2, section 21, article 2, chapter 12, of the Code of Ordinances, adopted by the New York City Board of Aldermen, and effective January 7, 1918, private schools are exempted from interior fire alarm systems required by the Fire Commissioner. The words “or private” are omitted before the word “schools,” so that the subdivision now reads:
2. “Interior fire alarms. In every hotel, lodging-house, public or private hospital or asylum, department store, and public schools, there shall be placed and provided, when required by the Fire Commissioner, an adequate and reliable electrical or other interior alarm system, to be approved by the said Commissioner, by means of which alarms of fire or other danger may be instantly communicated to every portion of the building. The fire alarm apparatus and all other appliances placed or kept within any of said buildings for the purpose of preventing or extinguishing fires, or for affording means of escape, therefrom in case of fire, shall be kept at all times in good working order and proper condition for immediate use, and any member of the uniformed force or authorized representative of the fire department may enter any of the said buildings at any time, for the purpose of inspecting such apparatus or appliances.”
Four Chicago firemen died heroes and others injured in the fire of the Chicago Avenue theater, December 9. The north front of the building collapsed, burying the men fighting the blaze from the front. Snowdrifts were responsible for the extent of the fatalities and injuries and hampered the work of rescue.