Bridgeport Has Smallest Fire Loss in 10 Years
The smallest fire loss in the past 12 years in Bridgeport, Conn., was recorded for the year just closed when damage to property during 1923 was $69,113.06 less than in 1922, according to the annual report of Clerk John J. Hines, which has been received by Chief Daniel E. Johnson. With a loss for the year of but $80,074.75. which, based on a population of 145,000 persons, is 55 cents per capita, fire officials have attained what they say is one of the lowest annual losses ever recorded.
During 1923 there were a total of 966 alarms, 283 bell and 683 stills. There were 34 false alarms during the year. The loss on buildings where fire was confined was $79,939.75 with $135 exposure loss added to that amount for a total loss of $80,074.75. The exposure loss of $135 is one of the lowest ever attained in Bridgeport and testifies to the efficiency of the department in keeping the loss confined to the building and other places where the fire originated. In 1922 there were a total of 778 alarms, 282 bells and 496 stills, less by about 200 alarms than there were in 1923. The most number of false alarms were recorded in 1923 than in many years previous. Most of these occurred during the early months of the years. They practically ceased with the arrest of two youths who admitted they were ringing in the alarms “to see the engines come.” The biggest fire of the year in Bridgeport was at the Marmon Auto Agency garage and showroom on the night of February 16, with an approximate loss of $15,000, the fire being caused by spontaneous combustion. In the classification of fires, the report shows there were 284 fires in wooded buildings; 109 fires in brick and stone buildings; 12 in cement and cement block buildings; 3 fires in corrugated iron buildings and 558 fires in other places like grass fires in vacant lots, dump fires, etc. A monthly loss of hut $495 attained in September was the lowest record for the year and one of the lowest fire losses for a single month in the last ten years.