Novel Fire Protection.
One of the cheapest, simplest and most efficient devices for the protection of shingle roofs from fire is being introduced in some cities. It consists of nothing more than a water pipe running along the ridge-board of the roof and connected with the water service of the building. The roof pipe is perforated at short intervals, so that at a moment’s notice the roof can be flooded and rendered impervious to sparks and blazing fragments blown from burning buildings in the neighborhood. The device is at once so simple and effective that one wonders why its introduction was not coeval with that of water mains and hydrants.