Holyoke Fire Service.
The annual report of the fire commissioners at Holyoke, Mass., calls attention again to the importance of changing the location of the headquarters from High street, and recommend that engine No. 1 be refitted, as it has been in use 24 years; house No. 4 be sold and a new house built in a more central location; the wires of the fire-alarm system should be placed underground. An automobile for the use of the department and for the chief is also recommended. There were 320 fire alarms last year, 79 more thon in the previous year, and more than has ever occurred in one year previously. July 2 was the banner year for fires, 21 being reported on that day. Nearly a third of the loss caused by fires came from fires caused by lightning. The total fire loss for the year was $31,419 and the insurance paid was $30,387, leaving a net loss of $1,031, an average loss per fire of $3.22. The total appropriation for the department was $105,800 and the balance on hand is now $424. The six enginehouses are valued at $137,450. The department has 86 men, with an auxiliary force of 40. Two lives have been lost at fires the past year.