EDINBURGH, SCOTLAN D. FIRE DEPARTMENT.
The first report of his department issued by Firemaster Pordage, of Edinburgh, Scotland, since he was appointed to his present position covers the twelve months preceding, during the greater part of which his predecessor was in office. In this period were received 346 calls for fires (fifteen serious). 120 chimney fires, and eighty-seven false alarms. Fourteen of the fires were beyond the city boundaries, and in respect of these $947.14 was received for services of the department. One person was suffocated, and two others were injured at fires. Chimney fires extending to property explain the origin of sixty-four outbreaks; fifty-two were due to candles and sparks; forty-three to defective construction; twenty-two to children playing; nineteen to hot ashes; seventeen to folding gas brackets, and nine to oil lamps. Of the remaining fires 104 were of unascertained origin. Fires in dwelling houses amounted to 184, those in factories and workshops to thirtyfive, in shops, thirty-four, in the open, thirty, in public buildings, sixteen, and in unoccupied cellars, fourteen. Forty-six fires were extinguished before the arrival of the department. In 104 cases there was no insurance on the premises attacked and in sixty-nine other cases no details were obtainable. The ten cost of the department last year was $25,625.