New Tower Designed as Fire Escape
An apparatus is being developed by James A. Anania, of Harrison, N. J., that will serve as an aerial tower and a fire escape. According to patent claims it will do away with special water towers and a great deal of manpower.
By a system of shifts and gears, two great steel tubes are raised to a height over two hundred feet. Sliding between the tubes or hollow cylinders will be a wide platform just like an elevator with the top off, and on this, inventor claims, a dozen humans and bulky possessions can be lowered to safety. Moreover, at the same time that the platform is being raised or lowered, the tubes can be used to eject a stream of sand or water on the blaze to protect the rescuers and rescued.
Mr. Anania will build a full size truck according to this design and will tour the country with it.