Chief Orr Resigns.
W. S. Orr has resigned as chief of the Charlotte, N. C., fire department. Chief Orr tendered his resignation several months ago. It was the wish of the executive board that he should not engage in business unconnected with the fire department, but this he could not afford to agree to. At the request of the board he continued in service for a few months, owing first to the water shortage which became marked the latter part of July, and then on account of the illness of Mr. Wallace, who had been chosen as his successor. From Jan. 1, 1905, to the present date, which covers h s term as chief, there were 66 false alarms, 216 fires in brick buildings, 504 fires in wooden buildings, 85 fires in other than buildings, and 805 fires in all. Of these. 845 were confined to the buildings in which they originated. 818 were confined to the floors in which they started, and 29 extended to adjoining buildings. Only 11 fires extended beyond adjoining buildings. The total value of the property at risk was $10,790,558. The insurance was $5,944,574. The insurance loss was $411,572.