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Losses, Hazards and Fire Department Conditions in Various Cities

Issue 4 and Volume 15.

Losses, Hazards and Fire Department Conditions in Various Cities Extracts from Reports of Committee on FIRE PREVENTION AND ENGINEERING STANDARD National Board of Fire Underwriters CHARLESTON, W. VA. The population, by United States census of 1920 was 39,608. The city is the State capital, and is the distributing point for large coal, oil and gas fields and lumber tracts in the vicinity. Some small manufacturing plants are located on the outskirts, and several large ones just beyond the city limits. Shipping facilities are provided by 3 railroads and several boat lines. The gross fire loss for the past 5 years, as shown in the fire department records, amounted to $415,796, varying from $42,768 in 1915 to $126,461 in 1918. The average annual number of fires was 155, wtih an average loss per fire of $538, a high figure. Based on an average population of 35,000, the average yearly number of…

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