FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK.
The report of Fire Commissioner Francis J. Lantry, of the fire department of Greater New York, for the quarter ending September 30, 1906, shows that in the boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx and Richmond (S. I.), the total number of alarms was 1,998, of which 1,739 were for actual fires. Of these 1,401 were confined to the point of starting: ninety to the building; twenty-six extended to other buildings; five were in vessels; and 217 in places other than buildings and vessels. There were 1,120 fires extinguished without engine stream; 473, with one engine stream; 118, with two or three engine streams; and twenty-eight, with mere than three engine streams. The extent of damage to buildings and vessels was as follows; Built mainly of brick, stone or iron—slight, 105; considerable, thirty; built mainly of wood—slight, thirty-five; consider able, fourteen; destroyed, eight. There were 655 tires in July; 474 in August; 610 in September. Between 6 a. in. and 6 p. m. there were 924 tires, of which 351 occurred in July; 256 in August; and 317 in September. Between 6 p. in. and 6 a. m. there were 815 fires, of which 304 occurred in July; 218 in August; and 293 in September. The water consumption was 8,153,250 gals., of which 3.386,110 were river water. The total loss on buildings and contents w;o $564.873; estimated uninsured loss by tire, $48,254; average loss per tire. $324.82. The estimated amount of insur ancc on buildings was $32,748,525; estimated amount of insurance on contents, $8,079,575 to tal, $40,828,100. In the botoughs of Brooklyn and Queens there were 916 alarms during the same three months, of which 836 were actual tires. Of these 634 were confined to the point of starting; thirty-seven were confined to the building: thirty-one extended to other buildings; eleven were in vessels; and 123 in places other than buildings and vessels. There were 587 tires ex tinguished without an engine -tream; 159. with one engine stream; sixty-nine, with two or three engine streams, and twenty-one, with more than three engine streams. The extent of damage to buildings and vessels was as follows: Built mainly of brick, stone and iron slight, 204; considerable, twelve; destroyed, three; built mainly of woodslight. 299: considerable, tbirtv-two: destroyed, eighteen. In vessels and places other than build iugs and vessels, 134 total, 702. There wer 302 fires in July: 252 in August; and 282 in September. Between 6 a. m. and 6 p. m. there were 460 fires, of which 165 occurred in July; 136 in August: and 159 in September. Between 6 p in. and 6 a. m. there were 376 fires, of which 137 occurred in July; 11O in August; and 123 in September. The water consumption was 5,095, 102 gals., of which 417.285 were river water. The estimated loss, insured and uninsured was as fid low;*: On buildings and vessels. $209.965; on contents, $243.985-total. $453,950. Estimated in su ranee-On buildings and vessels. $5,867,500; on contents, $2,996,150—total, $8.8(13,650. Estimated uninsured loss—On buildingand vessels, $20,900; on contents, $31.650—total, $52,550. On January 1. 1906. the uniformed force of officers and members numbered 3.564—in the Manhattan, The Bronx and Richmond, 7,750 The total estimated loss amounted to $5,271,955. Of that number forty-three per cent, was for losses less than $10. Fifty-seven arrests were made for arson, of which fourteen convictions were secured and the prisoners sentenced. Of engine companies including the five firefioats. there were 168; of hookami ladder companies, seventy-one. besides chemical engines, water towers and reserve apparatus. It is intended to build a firemen’s college, somewhere in The Bronx, and new firehouses are being erected in the greater city to keep up with its growth. The fire-alarm telegraph apparatus is also to be remodeled, if a new one is not to be installed—some time.