Johannesburg Fire Brigade.
The report upon the Johannesburg. South Africa, fire brigade for the year ended June 30. 1908, last is late in making its appearance owing doubtless to the change in the control of the brigade, ft is signed by the new Chief Officer Hinde, who states that in the twelve months covered there were 194 calls, including 14 false alrams (3 malicious) and 10 chimney calls. No distinction is made between serious and slight fires; but in five cases the loss exceeded $5,000. the total loss i> given as $263,775. and the value of property at risk as $13,384,335. Lights thrown down 20, explosions of petrol and benzine 16, accidents with oil lamps 13, Kaffirs’ carelessness 13, lighted candles 12, foul and defective flues 10, accidents with stoves 9, and incendiarism (actual or suspected) 8, are the pricipat causes tabulated. Twenty-eight fires were of unknown origin. Sixty-five of the fires were in dwelling houses, 13 in hotels and restaurants, 43 in large combination buildings, 10 in the open, 9 in grocery and general stores, 8 in stores and stalls. 6 in engine rooms, 5 in compounds, and the remainder on other classes of property. In May the only fatal fires recorded took place: these resulted in the loss of eight lives. One-half the total fire loss of the year was occasioned, and the lives of 107 persons were endangered by the May fires—which included the Gleneairn buildings disaster—as compared with 81 for the other eleven months. Nine hundred ambulance calls were received.