Fire escape

Fire escape
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I’m always amused by fire escape chutes like this one. They make you kind of hope there’s a fire just so you can use it!

Except that when a building is burning, these can get skin-burningly hot.

Also, those blocks holding up the chute look rather sketchy.

So maybe it’s best to leave this one alone.

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11 responses to “single frame: Fire escape”

  1. brandib1977 Avatar

    That looks and sounds terrifying to me!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Would be fun to try when there’s no fire, just to see how it goes.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Haha. Be sure to take your camera. I bet you could pull off an interesting shot or two!

  2. dennyho Avatar

    I happened upon an old fire escape system similar to this. It was attached to a building that originally was a school building but today is an antique store. I wonder how safe they were but how quickly one can evacuate when fire is near! Here is the link if you care to see

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh yes, I’ve seen one like this before too. This one is on Michigan Street in South Bend.

  3. retrocrank Avatar

    This picture led to a very interesting Google search-based browsing episode this morning. I’ve been distracted from my work…Count that as a real success, Jim! (old bridges usually get that done also…)
    From the pix I saw online, these things typically sat in a saddle of concrete at their bottom end, a good deal more sturdy than this situation.
    Think of how much fire was feared in those days…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Down the Road: Leading people down rabbit holes since 2007!

  4. Steve Briggs Avatar
    Steve Briggs

    How in the world do you keep kids from playing in it! Speaking from the vantage point of a retired elementary school teacher this would have been a way to get the student body to enjoy fire drills ;>)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      When I was in elementary school I hated fire drills because the alarm was so loud and harsh. Scared the crap out of me. I happened to be in my sons’ elementary during a fire drill and the little happy ping-ping-ping of the alarm made me wish I had grown up on a much later time.

  5. jimhanes Avatar

    The elementary school where I experienced grades 4&5 in Indiana had one just like that. It was near our home and we climbed up, then raced down. Sitting on wax paper made the descent faster. It worked well in yearly fire drills and nobody that I knew was put off by the clang-clanging of the fire alarm.
    Another school, which was three stores tall, had one shaped like a corkscrew. THAT one was Really FUN!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Sounds like great fun!

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