Pawtucket an Central Falls Fire Equipment.
A correspondent of this journel expresses himself on the condition of the apparatus in Paw tucket and Central Falls as follows: “For the year ending in December, the industrial centres of Pawtucket and Central Falls, R. I., have had the largest fire losses experienced in many years. This is interesting and attracting more than pass ing notice as being coincident with findings of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, the New England Insurance Exchange, the business men’s committee, the local press and the mayors of both cities, all of whom are agreed that seri ous defects exist in the apparatus of both cities. It seems incredible that in the fire department of the tw’o places named and particularly in a community of 75,000 people engaged exclusively in the mechanical arts, that, irrespective of a generally good water system, such valuable adjuncts as fire engines should be almost entirely forgotten and allowed to fall into a practically useless condition. It is hardly defensible to rclv on the neighboring city of Providence for steamers when needed. Both Pawtucket and Central Falls should not only help themselves, but also he in readiness to help their neighbors if called upon. Better for any city to effect economies in other directions rather than stint on dependable fire engines.” Apparently, Mayor Kenyon, the newly-elected chief executive of Pawtucket, in his inaugural address, lays particular stress on the fire risk to which the city is exposed, ow-ing to the inflammable character of the materials employed for roofing. He recommends an amendment to the building ordinance, which will provide that the roofs of all buildings in the city shall he constructed of fireproof material and that when repairs are made to roofs now in existence, such repairs will he made with materials that are fireproof. In this way we shall, without causing undue trouble and expense get fireproof roofs on all buildings in the city in the course of 15 or 20 years.
He also recommends an addition to the building ordinances which shall require that all buildings of three stories or more shall be fitted with fire escapes. The present law does not provide for fire escapes on three-story tenement houses. We have so many of these in the city that I fear there would be serious danger to life were a fire to break out in one of them during the night.