LACK OF PRESSURE AT A NEW HAVEN FIRE.
A recent fire at New Haven, Conn., would not have proved so destructive but for the fact that, while two out of the three mains supplied adequate streams, there was not anything like water enough to supply the third. The fire called for six streams. The locality, Prospect hill, is worse off than others, because water can be drawn only from one source and direction, owing to the six-inch main in Prospect street coming to a dead end. In addition, the plaster in the burned house was spread on a heavy fire netting of three-eighths of an inch wide mesh, instead of on wooden lath. This made it difficult to check the fire, as no portion could be torn down, without pulling a large section over. Besides these adverse conditions, the space between the wooden exterior and the brick wall construction above the second floor made a flue, which drew the fire round the outside of the building, and caused it to break out at many places at the same time. An engine house, with a steamer, is needed on Prospect hill.