Cohoes is Well Protected
That only two fires out of a total of 114 alarms during the year ending November 19, were allowed to spread beyond the buildings in which they originated, was shown by the annual report of Chief T. C. Collin, of Cohoes, N. Y. submitted at the meeting of the fire board last week. Of the alarms outside of false alarms, 93 were confined to the building in which they originated, and 83 to the floor of the building on which they started. The total loss by fire was $39,806.15 and the insurance over the loss, $1,419,833.48. Among the recommendations arc the purchase of 1,500 feet of new hose, the installing of two new fire alarm boxes, one in the fourth and one in the fifth wards; the purchase of an automobile for the chief, the automobile to he equipped with chemical tank and 200 feet of hose and the purchase of motor tractors for steamer No. 4 and hook and ladder No. 1. The report further recommends that an ordinance be passed for the municipal supervision of the construction of all overhead wire lines, the adoption of a more stringent building law, in which it will he provided that plans for new buildings shall first be approved by the fire marshal, who in this city w old be the chief of the department, and another one which would regulate the storage of gasoline. The chief also urged that all the city horses lie examined by a veterinary surgeon. The report was ordered transmitted to the common council, and at the next meeting the board will consider the request of the chief engineer for the betterment of the department. The clerk reported that the current expenses for the year were $26,159.27.