Fire Marshal Wells of Oregon Asks for More Authority

Issue 8 and Volume 64.

Fire Marshal Wells of Oregon Asks for More Authority Several very important recommendations are contained in the annual report of State Fire Marshal Harvey Wells, of Oregon, one of the most striking is the suggestion that the department be discontinued as an adjunct of the insurance commissioner’s office, and the raising of the fire marshal’s department into a separate branch of the government of the state. Mr. Wells also recommends that a law be enacted making it a misdemeanor to lock children under 7 years of age in a dwelling or building and leaving them alone there; that a law be enacted giving more power to the fire marshal in compelling the giving of evidence; that the law be amended so that the occurrence of a fire would constitute prima facie evidence of the carelessness of the one in possession of the property; and that the penalty for arson, be…

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