FIRES IN CAR BARNS

FIRES IN CAR BARNS

Frequent fires in electric car barns seem to show that under existing conditions underwriters should not anticipate the salvage of any number of cars. The recent destructive Cleveland, Ohio, car barn fire originated within a car. The majority of fires within these car barns originate within the cars themselves. Many of such fires are undoubtedly due to poor local management in not enforcing a rule for the removal of trolley arms from all wires; in fact, poor superintendence is perhaps the most conspicuous of many defects in car barn properties as they exist today. The only possibility of rendering this class of insurance less unnrofitable is by instituting a more thorough system of inspection and re-insoection tending to eliminate many causes of fire. This can be very easily done.

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