Washington, D. C. Fires
CURRENT FIRE AND WATER ARTICLES
Washington, D. C, has had an unusually large number of extensive fires this winter. One of the principal fires was in the five and ten cent store of the American Company, which was filled with inflammable material. The fire had a good start when the fire department reached it, but by efficient work the building was saved in a gutted condition as shown in the accompanying illustration. The Washington fire department, in command of Chief F. J. Wagner, has performed admirable service at all of these fires, which have been illustrated in recent issues of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. The press and public of that city have bestowed ujpon the department much praise for its efficient work. Five firemen were badly injured at the American Company store fire, by falling walls. They were pinioned until rescued by their comrades at great personal peril.
A bill was introduced Feb. 5 in the New York Legislature to abolish the office of Slate Fire Marshal. The property of the office is to be turned over to the State Librarian until otherwise disposed of in the event of the bill becoming a law.