Monthly Report of District of Columbia

Monthly Report of District of Columbia

The report of L. V. Seib, fire marshal of the District of Columbia, shows that there were a total of 185 alarms during the month of March, 82 of which were box, 101 local and two out of town. There were also 14 false alarms. During the month there occurred 160 fires, 75 with loss and 85 without loss. The total loss for the month was for buildings, $12,560, and for contents, $19,094, making a total of $31,654. In inspection work there were received 104 complaints, 183 reinspections and 4,775 regular inspectors, making a total for the month of 5,362. The business inspections covered apartments, hotels, hospitals, asylums, places of public assembly, etc. The board of commissioners for the District issued an order amending the police regulations by adding thereto a new article, entitled “Storage, Etc., Motion Picture Films.” The principal feature of this new article relates to vault construction, calling for sprinkler system and a larger vent. Under the last section of this article establishments of this kind, already equipped in accordance with former requirements, shall be given one year within which to comply with the new regulations. Among the inspection work done by the force of the fire marshal’s office, two visits are made each week to each of these film exchanges and a register of such establishments is kept on fife in the office.

Monthly Report of District of Columbia

Monthly Report of District of Columbia

A report of the transactions of the Fire Marshal’s Office for the month of January, show that during the month 207 alarms of fire were received, a decrease of six as compared with the preceding month. Of the alarms received 123 were box and 84 locals or telephone calls. Of the box alarms received 34 were false and of the local alarms three were false. The loss caused by the 123 box alarms is estimated at $21,450. The loss caused by the 84 locals or telephone calls is estimated at $5,790. The total estimated loss is $27,240. This is a decrease of $41,928 as compared with the loss for the preceding month and a decrease of $105,305 as compared with the loss for the same month last year, January, 1918. During the month not one fire occurred which necessitated the sounding of an additional alarm and eight fires occurred where the loss for each exceeded $1,000.

Number of fires that occurred without loss, 76; number of fires that occurred with loss, 79; false alarms, 37; needless alarms, 15.

The inspection of mercantile establishments is still being vigorously pursued, during the month, the number of inspections being 857, and from the beginning of the fiscal years, July 1, 1918, to the last day of January, 1919, 7,592 inspections were made and these inspections do not include the investigation of all alarms of fire and the inspection of theatres. The falling off in the number of inspections as compared with previous months is on account of the Fire Marshal and two of the inspectors being off sick for a number of days. During the month two suspicious and two incendiary fires were investigated, and only in one instance was sufficient evidence procured to warrant any action being taken.

Portland, Ind., has purchased a 75 h. p. motor fire truck to improve the fire protection.

The Mason, Mich., City Council has just purchased from the Duplex Truck Company of Lansing., Mich., a new emergency gasoline engine for use at the pumping station, as an added fire protection to the city. Under the present system if a fire should start when the current was off, there would be little protection, as the pumping is all done by electricity. The old steam pump retained by the city for such emergencies has been found impractical, as it takes too much time to get up steam. The city was enabled to buy the motor at a bargain, and it is thought the sale of the old steam outfit will nearly offset its price.