from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A fire-escape.
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Happer's had an iron fire-ladder on the alley side.
Nobody, it appeared, was alert enough to espy that fugacious shadow on the fire-ladder.
At the same moment the lifting fire-ladder reached the sill of the third-story window, and a fireman, shielding his face from the flames, peered into the blazing room.
In Boston every housekeeper had to own a fire-ladder; and ladders and buckets were kept in the church.
The great fire-ladder was brought from under the storehouse.