Issue 3 and Volume 30.

BIRMINGHAM AND ITS FIRE LOSSES. Many interesting facts are contained in the annual report of Chief J. T. Mullin of the fire department of Birmingham, Ala. The report is a complete review of the work of the department for the year 1900, and is especially interesting in view of the recent agitation on insurance rates and fire protection. It shows that the losses for 1900 were $130,415—the heaviest in the history of the city excepting the year 1894, when the Caldwell hotel fire occurred, running the losses up to $190,000. During the year 248 alarms were answered, forty-five by signal, 156 by telephone, and forty-nine still alarms. The value of buildings where fires occurred was $480,987 and the value of contents was $660 987—a total value at risk of $1,141,974. The insurance involved was as follows: On buildings, $642,903; on contents, $277,891; total insurance involved, $920,793. The expenses of the…

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