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A fire resulting from an explosion of gasoline in the Cleveland building, Spartanburg, S. C., destroyed property to the extent of $65,000. Five firemen were injured by falling walls.
On Sunday, April 4, 600 insane persons were in danger of death, when flames, starting from a prairie fire, destroyed several buildings of the State Insane Asylum at Fort Supply, where there is no fire protection. The fire broke out in the laundry, and spread to the pharmacy supply building and threatened the asylum itself; but the various ward buildings were saved. The fire destroyed the stables, the laundry, the pharmacy and the employes’ quarters. The loss is $75,000.
At Portland, Ore., 600,000 ft. of motionpicture films were destroyed in a fire in the supply depot of Sam Newman, 293 Burnside street. Loss, $16,000, fully covered by insurance. In addition to 600 reels of moving-picture subjects, each carrying 1,000 ft. of film of value of 10 cents a foot, 800 illustrated song slides of value of $5,000, seven motion-picture lachines, worth $2,100; six stereopticons, toiling $900, phonograph records of the estimated value of $1,000 and four $60 phonoraphs were destroyed.
Chicago has New York’s old problem on its ands—a demand for the two-platoon system in ie fire department. A bill providing for night nd day firefighting forces has been introduced i the legislature and is being backed by the Fedration of Labor and the Firemens association. Fni not bothering my head about that bill, ’ said liief Horan. “If the firemen and the labor nions want to force such a measure through ie legislature, I can’t help it, and, as a matr of fact, it is entirely immaterial to me whether ley make it a 10 and” 14-hour day or an 8-hour ay, because, if they are going to divide up the me into hours, the city will have to divide up ie pay into hours, so it is just as broad as it is ng.”
During the recent tenement house fire at lanchester. N. H.. while the slate roofs sufsred hardly an damage, the destruction of hingle roofs was very great. There were rom twelve to fifteen fires from that cause urning at one time. Between thirty and :rty buildings were damaged, their roofs harred and windows broken. The conditions were similar to those which existed in Chelsea, Mass., a year ago—a high wind, dry shingles and sparks flying a long distance. The sparks set fire to the fence at Variek Park, some distance away, but it was readily extinguished. The largest damage was done to a building at the corner of Auburn and Chestnut streets, a block occupied by a number of families.
District Engineer Hugh Colgan, of the fire department of Philadelphia, who has just been promoted to fill the vacancy caused by the death of District Engineer John Smith, has been dined and presented with an engraved silver-mounted briarwood pipe by the men of engine company No. 36, of which he was foreman at the time of his promotion. District Engineer Colgan has a long and brilliant service record. During his many years’ service in the department he has been terribly injured on several different occasions when his valor proved supreme. He has been burned by flaming oil at Point Breeze, buried in the ruins of the Temple theatre fire and variously injured on different occasions. At Washington, D. C., apartment house owners have asked the fire commissioners to adopt regulations that shall prevent the storage of combustible material in basements of fireproof apartment houses. They also requested that the commissioners appeal to Congress to amend the fire-escape law, so that fire escapes will not be necessary on fireproof buildings, as it was contended the fire escapes are unreasonable, unnecessary and a disfigurement. I lie commissioners have advocated an amendment to the fire-escape law, whereby they themselves would be the sole judges whether or not fire escapes would be needed on fireproof buildings. Until the change made in the law, property holders have requested the commissioners to permit the “chain fire escape to be used as a nominal compliance with the regulations.
At Little Rock, Ark., the fire department salaries will be as follows: Chief, $1⅝0 per month; assistant chief, $110; second assistant chief, $85; two engineers, $85 each; six captains! $80 each; 21 hosemen. $70 each; linemen to receive $2.75 per day. Men who have been in the service less than a year are to receive 10 per cent, less than the amount prescribed. Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas, Tex., has had 3 destructive fire, which destroyed sixty-four residences and a private sanitarium. A strong southwest wind which was blowing drove the tire through fourteen residence blocks, covering more than a quarter of a mile square. Only five buildings were left standing. The loss was $250,000.