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.