Dangerous Construction at Vicksburg.
Chief J. H. Wilks, of Vicksburg, Miss., complains of the dangers attendant on brick veneered buildings, and recommends that for the future no more structures of that type be erected within the fire limits. He especially adverts to the fact that out of the loss of $37,000 in January, 1908, $37,500 was on the brick-veneered Elks’ home. The building was so dangerous that “to have sent firemen inside at any time would have been foolhardy, as was conclusively proved by the almost immediate collapse of the building.” Chief Wilks also recommends the installation of fire alarm boxes in the new addition of Speeds, also, of apparatus, there being none of either in that part of the city. Four horses at least should likewise be purchased, as the department at present has to hire animals for its use. The department was called out by 139 alarms during the year, but to twenty-seven actual fires only The value of the buildings at risk was $284,550; insurance at risk, $196,000; loss, $40,670; value of contents at risk, $92,450; insurance at risk, $66,550; loss, $18,675—total value, $377,000; total insurance, $263,200; total loss, $59,345. The number of feet of hose used was 33,550; ladders raised, 1,355 ft.; gallons of chemicals used, 815.