THE FIREPROOF TIMES BUILDING.
The new Times building, Manhattan, New York, the highest building over which the fire department of New York city has jurisdiction, has the highest standpipe in the world, and is so equipped that any fire in it can be handled with ease almost as soon as it starts. This has been amply proved in a test which took place recently under the same conditions as would prevail in case of a fire in the building. The two engines that would turn out in case of any alarm from it were summoned and made instant connections with the two three-inch Siamese pipes on the Broadway and the Seventh avenue sides. The firemen, with their hose, were carried up in the elev.u tor to the different floors, where the building hose was disconnected, and the department hose attached. The first stream was thrown from the twenty-fourth floor, 335 feet above the street level. Only one engine was used, the water pressure being 2yo pounds and the steam 140. I he nozzle used was one and one-quarter-inch. After pumping the water from the mains, the pressure at the twenty-fourth floor was seventy-four pounds. Through an open one and a half-inch nozzle, under the same conditions, the pressure was thirty-four pounds. Connections were then made at the twenty-second, nineteenth, eighteenth, seventeenth. fourteenth, thirteenth, ninth and eighth floors, the two engines being coupled and operated at their highest power. The water pressure from each was 210 pounds, the steam, 130. Almost as soon as the pressure was applied, eight streams (six from the top stories through one and one-quarter-inch nozzles and two from threequarter-inch nozzles’) were thrown, the pressure at the highest stream being fifteen pounds. Every building in the neighborhood as far as Fortyfourth street was drenched. None of the big pumps in the sub-basement nor either of the two 5,000-gallon tanks on the twenty-third floor, nor the 10,000-gallon automatically filling tank in the basement—to be used, with the interior pumps, if necessary, as auxiliaries to the city’s fire departmer.t, were used. From one of these pumps alone at a preceding house test a pressure of 280 pounds was developed. Besides proving the adequacy and efficiency of the private apparatus to protect the T imes building, it was also satisfactorily shown that, from the lower floor in particular. any fire in a neighboring building could he drowned out.