Middletown Fire Department Report.
Charles Higham, chief of the fire department at Middletown, N. Y., has submitted his report for the year ending April 30, to the common council of that city. Following is the report in part: “The total estimated loss by fire for the year was $118,396.26, which is by far the largest loss which has occurred in any one year during my term of office, if not the greatest in the history of the department. The bulk of this amount is chargeable to the fire which destroyed the large six story brick building at the corner of Railroad avenue and Grove street, owned and occupied by the New York Piano Key Company, Messrs Hagen & Renter, proprietors, on the evening of April 26. The estimated loss as figured by the owners from their last inventory, was $88,161.53, and the amount of their insurance policies totaled $73,500, leaving a net loss of $11,661.53, providing the companies settle in full. If the insurance companies settle this loss in full, the total amount which they will have paid to policy holders during the year will amount to $03,239.75, leaving a total net loss of $20,156.53. Of this amount there was a loss of $1,325, on which no insurance was carried. This first time in many years I have to report the loss of a life at a fire. On the night of June 10, 1910, fire was discovered in the dwelling at 220 Monhagen avenue. Fred Teets, a visitor, was suffocated and burned while sleeping in an apartment on the second floor. It was thought that the fire originated from a lighted pipe which the deceased had been smoking when he fell asleep. The department responded to 57 calls during the year, of which 28 were box alarms and 29 still or telephone alarms. The department was twice summoned to respond to calls for assistance from out of town. On November 1. 1910, a call from Summitville, N. Y., was sent in, but before the firemen could obtain transportation, the fire was under control and they were recalled. On October 6, 1910, Monhagen Hose Company responded to a call from Howells, N. Y., taking its auto truck, but their services were not needed when they arrived at the scene of the fire. The department at present consists of one chief engineer and two assistant engineers, 280 active members, and a total of 1,107 active, active honorary and honorary members, divided as follows: 480 active, active honorary and honorary members of engine companies; 409 active, active honorary and honorary members of hose companies, and 218 active, active honorary and honorary members of hook and ladder company. The quantity and condition of the hose owned by the city is as follows: Eight thousand two hundred feet on band, of which 6,500 feet is in good condition, and 2,100 feet is in fair condition, and 600 feet in worthless condition. There were 9un feet of hose de strayed at the piano factory fire, being immediately replaced by 1,999 feet of new hose The amount of work performed at fires during the year occupied 86 hours and 59 minutes. The department laid 27,259 feet of hose for use at fires during the year. The Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company raised for the use of firemen at fires, 1,396 feet of ladders. Phoenix Engine Company responded to 21 police calls during the year. The total amount of chemicals used by the department during the year was 523 gallons, divided as follows: Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company, 45 gallons; Eagle Chemical Engine and Hose Company. 312 gallons; Monhagen Hose Company, 97 gallons; Phoenix Engine Company, 39 gallons. On each Friday afternoon since October 23, 1998, a test call has been sounded from some box on the system and found to be in perfect working order. During the year 2,645 blows have been struck on the fire alarm system for box alarms, special calls and 12 o’clock time. No false alarms were sounded during the year. The Chief’s call, 2-2-2, was sounded twice during the year. The figures compiled by the city clerk show that the cost of the maintenance of the department for the past year amounted to $19,637.73.”
The annual election resulted as follows: Chief engineer, Charles Higham, of Monhagens; first assistant. Leon Simpson, of Eagles; second assistant, Frank H. Schoonmaker, of Excelsiors; secretary, Francis O’Hoyle, of McQuoids; treasurer, Archibald Taylor, of Excelsiors.