(From Our Regular Correspondent.)
Lydnor Williams, one of the operators in the fire tower, has just finished the report for the fiscal fire year, which begins September I and ends August 31. The report is the most favorable from a loss standpoint of any records hitherto shown. Six hundred and eight alarms were sent in, the largest number of alarms by 133 overturned in during a whole year. The next largest number was last year, when 475 alarms were sounded. The loss during the fiscal year was $1,033,908.77 ; the insurance loss was$i,029,053.38 ; a difference between the loss on property consumed and the loss of insurance on that property of $4,855.39. The insurance on property endangered by flames for the twelve months was $2,331,434.80.
Another report shows what has been done during the past year, beginning January 1, 1892. ending December 31, 1892. In that time there have been 581 alarms sent in, eleven seconds and only four third alarms ; 121 of these alarms were sent in by the fire department, 73 by the police department, 236 by citizens and others, 17 by private police, m by telephone and 15 by automatic alarms. . . . •
A motion is now before the city council to create an office for a third assistant chief. Should the motion pass Captain Tom Finley of No. 7 Engine Company will in all probability secure the berth. He has been a member of that company for the past twenty-one years and is highly thought of by his superior officers. The motion was opposed to by Alderman Chas. Weaver, who made a motion that instead of appointing a third assistant chief an extra man be added to each company, which would enable the men to have a day off without paying a substitute to take their place.
An automatic alarm from box 956 Saturday night, January 7 saved the large wholesale saddlery house of Harbison & Gathright, Nos. 701-711 Main street. The fire started in a closet, in which one of the thermostats of the Automatic F’ire Alarm Company was p’aced. This sent in the alarm, and had it not been for this a very disastrous fire would have resulted.
The members of the department began the new year by attending church en masse, a pleasure they seldom enjoy, although on this occasion not in a manner to their liking. About 3 A. M. Monday, January 2, fire waj discovered in the Baptist Church, corner Twenty-second and Walnut streets. The fire started under the pulpit and by the time the engines and truck called by the first alarm arrived, it had made such headway that a second alarm was sounded. After several hours work they succeeded in getting it under control, but not until the building had been badly damaged.
A petition signed by the citizens of the southern suburbs of this city is now in the hands of Major Hughes, asking that an engine and a hook and ladder company be placed in that part of the city. The nearest hook and ladder company is No. 1, a distance of nearly three miles away.
Captain Herman Gernhardt of Engine Company No. 13, assisted by Engineer John Hughes, Pipemen John Singhiser and Pat Kilgariff, Reel Driver Mike McMahon, Stoker Joe McEvoy and Driver Edward Fossel, gave a banquet Saturday night at the engine house in honor of the Bandana Club. Nearly all of the city officials were present.