Monthly Report of District of Columbia Fire Department

Monthly Report of District of Columbia Fire Department

The monthly report of the transactions of the Fire Marshal Geo. S. Watson’s office for the District of Columbia, for the month of May shows that during the month 131 alarms of fire were received, a decrease of 72 as compared with the number received the preceding month. Of the 131 alarms of fire received, 74 were box alarms and 57 locals or telephone calls. Of the box alarms received 20 were false and of the locals five were false. The loss caused by the 74 box alarms is estimated at $32,421. The loss caused by the 57 local alarms is estimated at $1,217. The total estimated loss is $33,638. This loss is a decrease of $19,378 as compared with the loss for the preceding month and an increase of $21,196 as compared with the loss for the same month last year, May, 1918.

During the month two fires occurred which necessitated the sounding of additional alarms of fire and these two fires with two others are the fires where the loss for each exceeded $1,000.

During the month the number of inspections numbered 1,329 and from the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, 1918, to the last day of May, 1919, 13,362 inspections were made and these inspections do not include the investigation of all alarms of fire and the inspection of theatres.

During the month 26 complaints of different sources were received and investigated, and where necessary notices were served by the inspectors directing the person or persons to have the bad conditions complained of abated, and in each case where notices were served the orders were complied with.

During the month not one fire occurred of a suspicious or incendiary origin.

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