District of Columbia Report

District of Columbia Report

According to a report of the transactions of the District of Columbia fire marshal’s office for the month of July, during the month 119 alarms of fire were received, a decrease of 6 as compared with the number received the preceding month. Of the 119 alarms of fire received 59 were box alarms and 60 locals or telephone calls. Of the box alarms received 11 were false, and of the locals none was false. The loss caused by the 59 box alarms is estimated at $13,957. The loss caused by the 60 local alarms is estimated at $90S. The total estimated loss is $14,862. This loss is a decrease of $2,288 as compared with the loss for the preceding month, and an increase of $2,226 as compared with the loss for the same month of last year, July, 1918. Not one fire occurred where an additional alarm of fire was necessary, but fqur fires occurred where the joss for each exceeded $1,000. The fire department responded to one fire outside of the District of Columbia. The number of inspections numbered 1,456. and these inspections do not include the investigation of all alarms of fire and the inspection of theatres a* night. On July 2, J. T. Mooney, D. M. Posey, W. F. Sullivan, C. F. Tucker and AE. Cooper, all privates in the fire department, stationed at various fire companies, were detailed to the fire marshal’s office as acting inspectors and were assigned to the inspection of apartment houses, hotels, factories, hospitals and all other buildings coming under the fire escape law, to see that fire escapes, fire bells and extinguishers were kept in proper working order and that all rubbish and all useless inflammable materials were removed from cellars. The acting inspectors have taken up with the new work quickly and satisfactory results have been obtained, and 1,377 visits were made, which include inspections, notices served on owners or agents, and reinspections. G. W. Haller, also a private in the fire department, who has been on sick leave for several months, was also detailed in the office on July 25 as acting inspector, and was assigned on the inspection of mercantile establishments. This increase in the inspection force will be of great assistance in the enforcement of the fire escape regulations and also to see that premises are kept clear of all rubbish, thereby eliminating or reducing the fire hazard. These inspections in the past have been neglected on account of the present small force connected with the office and also to the various duties connected with the office. Thirty-five complaints of different sources were received and investigated, and where necessary notices were served by the inspectors directing the person or persons to have the bad conditions complained of abated, and in each case where notices were served the orders were complied with. Eleven false alarms were received, a decrease of 8 as compared with the number received during the preceding month. Of the 59 box alarms received 11 were false, and of the 60 local alarms none was false. One fire of a suspicious nature was investigated, but sufficient evidence could not be obtained to warrant this department in taking any action.

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