A GOOD SHOWING FOR NORRISTOWN.
Chief Slingluff, of the fire department of Norristown, Pa., reports twenty-seven fires or alarms during the past year within the borough limits and one outside—that to the Centennial church at Jeffersonville on August 28. Of the twenty-seven alarms in Norristown twenty five were actual fires and two false. Eighteen of the actual fires were in brick buildings; two, in stone,and five in frame structures. Six fires were extinguished by chemicals alone, and six by the occupants or other individuals. The losses aggregated $7,079—a decrease of $12,946 from the previous year, and the insurance on the property at risk was $25,500. The per capita loss is twentyeight cents; average loss by fire, $283.16. Two fires are set down to incendiarism; one to a Christmas tree; six are classified as of ** unknown” origin. No fire was permitted to extend beyond the building in which it originated, and but two beyond the room. One of these fires took place in a frame dwelling; the other was in St. John’s Episcopal church. The insurance loss adjusted on the latter was $5,600 and was principally due to the intense heat. Chief Slingluff urges the replacement of the old hydrants by new double hydrants and large connections to the street mains, and the extension of the chemical system of extinguishing fires by means of light chemical engines or apparatus easily drawn ,by one horse. The two steam fire engines not equipped with relief valves and shut-off nozzles should be so equipped. Chief Slingluff adds that the officers and men of the department have given prompt, efficient,and intelligent attention to their respective duties, and no friction whatever has occurred. By their actions they have earned the thanks of the citizens, and are rapidly reducing to the city the cost of fire insurance.