Low Fire Loss at Belvidere

Low Fire Loss at Belvidere

Chief Frank Clark, of Belvidere, Ill., has prepared his report for the year ending April 30, 1916, which shows a fire loss of the year of but $1,799, of which $1,351 was on buildings and $448 on contents. The total value of the property involved was, $100,820; value of buildings, $49,000 and value of contents, $51,820. The insurance on buildings was, $33,400; on contents, $19,660; total insurance carried, $53,060. The population of the city is given at 8,000; total number of fires, 35; average loss per fire, $51.40; loss per capita, 22 cents. The expenses for the year, including salaries, totaled $13,715.89, leaving in the appropriation for the department a balance of $1,034.11. In the apparatus is 3,600 feet of hose in good condition and 500 feet in fair condition. The members of the department are: Chief, Frank Clark; assistant chief, George Kirane; firemen, A. Rislow, Win. Harrington, A. Strong, John Geick, Roy Phelps. There is one vacancy. The year was the seventh of Chief Clark’s service and the nineteenth of the paid fire department. There were 35 fire alarms, as follows: Chimney burning out, 8; pail of clothes on stove, 1; oil stove blew up, 1; unknown, 3; smoking in bed, 1; by children, 1; sparks from chimney, 6; false, 2; spontaneous combustion, 2; overheated pipe, 3; cigar stub, 1; clothing too near gasoline stove, 1; floor joist too near furnace, over-heated stove, 1; grass fire, 1; outside city limits, 2. Fires put out with chemicals, 2; with pump and water, 6; on arrival of department or false, 25. The cost of the motor truck for eleven months was: Oil and grease, $17.60; gasoline, $73.20; additions, $31.20; total, $122. Cost of horse, feed and shoeing for three horses, $330.76.

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