Fire Loss at South Bend Small.

Issue 5 and Volume 43.

Fire Loss at South Bend Small. Chief Wilyrd Grant, of South Bend, Ind., states in his report for 1907 that the fire-losses for that year show an increase of about $12,000 over those of 1906. Yet they are not out of proportion to the increase in the city’s population, its great extent, the growth of its manufactures and, not least when the exposure-hazard afforded by the many old, ramshackle buildings in South Bend are taken into consideration. There was only one bad fire in the business district. The total of alarms is about the same as last year, the number being 234, of which eighteen were false. I he estimated seven horses, one Seagrave hook and ladder truck, one chemical engine, two chief’s wagons, one supply wagon and eight hose wagons. The department has in reserve one hook and ladder truck and two hose wagons. The cost of maintaining the…

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