Fire Record for Knoxville.
The fire record for 1911 was much better in Knoxville, Tenn., than that of the preceding year, and in comparison with same years it may be considered very gratifying indeed. The total damage for 1911 was $121,776.49, estimated, while that of 1910 was $161,152.00, estimated. The net loss above insurance in 1911 was $2,273, while that of 1910 was $17,921. This was due to the fact that in 1910 the Standard Oil company burned with a loss of about $15,000 that was not insured. These figures, of course, are not official as Chief Sam Boyd does not make out his annual report until January 23, but nearly all losses have been appraised by the insurance, companies, and they are nearly correct. The total number of runs made were 221. while in 1910 there were 244 runs, a decrease of twentythree for 1911. The largest fires during the year were the ones which destroyed the Foster Bros. & Barnett Co., pants foctory on South Gay street, in May, the loss being $36,800, and the one in the Hazen & Lotspeich Co. wholesale grocery house on West Jackson avenue in August, the damage being $57,000. The loss in each instance, however, was almost equaled by insurance. In number of runs, the month of December was one of the heaviest of the year, there being thirty runs made. The loss, however, was comparatively small, amounting to only $1,888,08. with $1,843.08 insurance. Speaking of the past year’s record. Chief Sam Boyd said that he considered it one of the best the department had made during his twelve years as chief of the department. He said that he had kept a record during the past year of the value of property, that had caught fire and had been saved by the department Had it not been for the firemen, be said, figures show that instead of a loss of $181,776.40, it might have been $2,843,225. which shows with what efficiency the department has worked. Chief Boyd said that the department is now in better shape to fight fires than ever before in its history, for nearly every man in the department has been there for more than a year, and has much actual experience, He said that the equipment is the best obtainable, excepting motor equipment, and that with the large amount of paved streets now in Knoxville, the department is able to do as efficient work as any in the south. There were only twenty-nine firemen when Chief Boyd assumed leadership of the department.