Fire Conditions at Murphysboro, Ill.
Chief Albert Herring, of Murphysboro, Ill., has served notices on tenants o; the Apollo Hall block to have cleared from the rear of their business places such rubbish such as might prove a fire hazard. This is the beginning of a crusade on the part of Fire Commissioner Anderson and Chief Herring against unnecessary fire hazards throughout the city. It the plan is carried out the city will also be cleared of so-called fire traps. Alterations ot an extensive nature may be called for. As a whole, though, the installation of suitable fire escapes may allay the danger. Several hotel ‘ and rooming house keepers have been ordered to install knotted rope fire escapes from the windows of the second and third floors of their buildings. Chief Herring says: “That prevention and inspection is a paynig proposition is proven by the fact that we have not had a basement fire in the past five years, and when dangerous fires have started under dangerous conditions we have controlled them with small loss on account of the firemen knowing the buildings. We have a few fire hazards now that must be regulated. By the help of the city officials and the co-operation ot the business men we will have the city in a clean condition and there will be a saving in insurance to the owner of the building and to the tenant. While we do not know what the future has in store for us, we do know that we have kept the fire loss down only by fire prevention and inspection. The knowledge gained by firemen while inspecting buildings will be of great value to them in fighting any fire that might start in such buildings, and the removal of fire hazards will reGuce the fire loss and call for lower insurance rates.”