TWO OBJECT LESSONS.

TWO OBJECT LESSONS.

Two fires on the same day happening in the city of New York—one in a so-called “fireproof” building, were allowed to work the destruction they caused, owing to the impossibility of feeding enough water to the engines to enable the firemen to do their work properly. One of the most serious was at Green point, in the borough of Brooklyn, where, if it had not been for Newtown creek and the good work done by the fireboats, a much larger section of the district must have been laid waste. Chief Dale said that the water supply was insufficient; the mains were too small and not properly fed. The same difficulty was experienced in the case of the afternoon fire on Park avenue and One Hudred and Sixteenth street, where the pressure, as is always the case up there, was too weak to do what was required of it. Two object lessons added to the many already afforded the citizens of New York and their rulers as to the crying necessity for an additional water supply! Will they pass by us unheeded us those which have gone before?

TWO OBJECT LESSONS.

TWO OBJECT LESSONS.

THE attention of the board of fire underwriters is called to the case of the fire in the Bradbury piano house building, at Fifth avenue and Twentieth streets, in the small hours of last Thursday morning. When the fire department arrived on the scene, the elevator could not be used, as there was neither steam to supply power nor man to elevate it After the firemen had hauled the hose up an infinite number of stairs to the tenth floor, there were no standpipes nor any means of connecting the hose. Connection had finally to be made from the street hydrants, and then there was not sufficient pressure to force the water up to such a height. Mean while the flames went ahead and spread to adjoining property, causing a heavy loss all round. The fire was not under control for a considerable time, of which (so one account states) half an hour was lost in dragging the hose upstairs and getting sufficient water pressure. The building was reckoned as absolutely fireproof. This is what FIRE AND WATER prophecied would take place every time, unless there was a law insisting upon the owners of such buildings having at least one elevator in running order all the time, a steam pump for pumping water, proper provision by interior standpipes, and a water supply, from roof tank or otherwise on hand. Where these are not now in evidence, the building department should see that the evil is at once remedied, and if the new building code is not retroactive in its provisions, so as to apply to such cases, it should be at once amended to cover all such buildings erected prior to its enactment. The board of underwriters will be derelict in its duty if it fails to push the matter. Otherwise life and property will be sacrificed. The accustomed lack of water pressure points its own moral. It was an object lesson as to the absolute necessity of at once seeing to this city being at least sufficiently protected against fire by the presence of an abundant water supply.