Issue 12 and Volume 29.

SUMMARIZED FIRE REPORTS FOR 1900. DES MOINES, IA., had a number of fires and alarms for the year 1900—374 in all. Of this number of alarms 311 were received over the telephones, and sixtythree from the Gamewell system. The loss on buildings was $57,563; on contents, $43,299. Insurance on buildings was, $555,300; on contents, $185,600—total loss, $100,861; total insurance, $740,900; insurance over loss, $640,039. Estimated value of property directly involved, $1,897,730. All fires during the year were confined to the buildings where they originated. The principal fires of the year were five in number: In the Auditorium, which had been erected the year before at a cost of $50,000. The building was being used for a variety theatre, and it was supposed the fire started from electric wires under the stage. Valuation, $50,000; loss, $38,000; insurance, $35,000. In the four story brick used by Langan Bros, as a wholesale paper…

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