A New Type of Fire Escape


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A New Type of Fire Escape

On January 3, 1897, Cleveland firefighters rescued ten residents from the five-story Campbell Block building using the Burden fire escape system installed on the building. This was a mechanism which allowed fire fighters to rescue people from a burning building by hauling a wire basket along rails attached to projections from the roof and exterior sides of the building. The system had been promoted in Cleveland by Isaac Kidd, son-in-law of Alexander Campbell and inventor earlier of the quick drop harness for firehouse horses. Kidd was the father of World War II war hero, Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd.


This file appears in: The Campbell Block