Fire Report of Manchester, England.
Frederic Baylis, chief officer of the Fire Brigade in Manchester, England, has forwarded to FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING a copy of his annual report, covering the operations of his department during 1910. From the report the following facts arc taken: The total number of alarms of fire which the Brigade have attended during the past year has been 508, a decrease of 16 on the previous year; of these, 440 were fires, and 68 were false or chimney alarms The total loss was estimated at $312,000. and the value of the property at risk $17,179,330. Eighteen fires were attended within the limits of the outside districts protected by the Fire Brigade. At these fires the total loss wuis estimated at $20,800, and $554,945 was assessed to have been at risk. As compared with last year, there has been a total increase of $6,709,095 in the amount at risk, a decrease of $325,000 in the amount of loss, and a decrease of 3 in the number of fires attended. As compared with the annual average of the past twenty years, there has been an increase of $6,113,640 in the amount at risk, a decrease of $207,995 in the amount of loss, and a decrease of 17 in the number of fires attended within the city. The origin of the tires was as follows: Boiling over of oils and chemicals, 25; candles, sparks from fires and Inciters, 215; children playing with fire, 19; incendiarism, 5; electricity and electric light, 26; doubtful, 4: gas-defective fittings, 12; gas jets left burning, 33; using lights w hile intoxicated, 4 : spontaneous, 7; timber too near flues and fireplaces, 49; unknown origin, 10. Of these fires 2 were extinguished by firemen with engines, 2 by engines, mams and firemen, 174 by mains and firemen, 17 by hand pumps and firemen, 87 by firemen, 8 by police, and 150 by the owners of property and others. The authorized strength of the Brigade is 120 men. In addition, there are 3 of the waterworks officers employed, who receive a weekly allowance from the watch committee. They reside at or near the fire engine stations, and on the occasion of a fire render very important assistance in regulating the supply and pressure of water. Manchester has a population of about 600,000.