Good Record of Memphis Department
Chief John E. McFadden, of Memphis, Tenn., has completed a record of the fire losses in his city during last year and the alarms responded to by the Memphis fire department, and it is a very creditable showing for the chief and his department, the loss within the city amounting to only $273,842.46 on property valued at over $4,500,000. There was a considerably larger loss at fires outside the city at which the department did service, and at which the property involved was valued at less than $500,000. In consequence more than half the loss from fires at which the Memphis department did duty was beyond the city limits and illustrates that with a far larger property value the loss where the department was close at hand was much smaller and also shows the value of proper fire-fighting facilities for one of the fires outside the city limits was one and a half miles from the nearest hydrant and this fire alone amounted to more than the year’s entire loss within the city. Sixteen hundred and thirtythree alarms were responded to as follows: Telephone, 1,522; verbal, 80; A. D. T., 13; straight box, 14; police station, 4. There were 1,546 actual fires, 37 false alarms, 38 beyond the city limits, 3 accidents, 1 unnecessary, 3 second alarms, 1 third alarm, 4 special calls; total, 1,633. The fires consisted of: Frame buildings, 559; brick buildings, 172; others, 815. Total, 1,546. Confined to floor, 600; confined to building, 91; adjoining and beyond, 40; other than buildings, 815. Total, 1,546. The total valuation with insurance and losses inside the city are as follows: Valuation, $4,662,841.99; loss, $273,842.46; insurance, $3,302,434.85; insurance loss, $249,048.82. The figures for beyond the city limits are as follows: Valuation, $477,181.99; loss, $356,637.11; insurance, $402,225.00; insurance loss, $306,863.81, making the following totals: Valuation, $5,140,123.98; loss, $630,479.57; insurance. $3,704,659.85; insurance loss, $555,912.63. The fire one and a half miles from the nearest hydrant outside the city, and which amounted to $285,049.74, which is more than the whole loss within the city, is included in the above.