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FIRE AND WATER CONDITIONS AT PARKERSBURG

Issue 10 and Volume 47.

FIRE AND WATER CONDITIONS AT PARKERSBURG A special report on the fire protection of Parkersburg, W. Va., has been issued by the committee on fire prevention of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, from which the following data is taken : The city has an estimated population of 20,000. The gross fire loss for the past five calendar years, as shown by the records of the chief of the fire department, amounts to $208,633, the annual losses varying from $15,275, in 1909, to $72,270, in 1907, and the annual number of fires from 63, in 1909, to 119, in 1907. The average loss per fire was $454, and the average yearly number of fires 87. The average number of fires per year for each 1,000 population, taking 17,000 as an average, was 5.1, and the annual loss per capita $2.45, the latter a moderately high figure. The waterworks system is…

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