Conneaut,, O. Has Smallest Fire Loss
Conneaut. O., during the past five years had the smallest fire loss of any city in the State, according to officials of the State Fire Marshal’s Bureau, who have been inspecting fire conditions in Conneaut by request of some of its citizens. The loss for the past six years was as follows: 1908, $40,000; 1909, $6,500; 1910, $5,020; 1911, $4,000; 1912, $3,028; 1913, $2,398. The heavy loss of 1908 was due to two fires—the Cummins Canning plant, loss over $20,000. and the Shovel plant, loss $15,000. The following year Chief T. J. Gough began his fire prevention campaign and how effective it became is apparent by the gradual decrease in fire losses. The loss last year was not as heavy as it was in a number of Ohio villages. The insurance inspectors class the city as a village as regards fire loss totals, and expressed wonderment at the small loss, especially when the number of railroads, shops and factories is considered.