NORTH CAROLINA FIRE LOSS FOR JANUARY
The approximate fire loss of the State during the month of January was $617,000. This is far above the normal average loss prior to November, 1920, but a great improvement on the lossage for November ($1,584,000), and of Deember ($1,026,000).
The month’s fires show an unusual number of negro settlement fires. These occurred twice at New Bern and Goldsboro, once each at High Point. Durham and Chapel Hill. At “Moontown.” High Point, the thickly populated section was saved by the fire company. At Durham, “Walltown,” beyond fire apparatus, was saved by a bucket brigade of Trinity College students. At Chapel Hill the University student bucket brigade saved another negro settlement, fire starting from a lamp explosion in a negro church, entirely destroying it and an adjacent dwelling before the students got organized.
Another interesting feature in these fire loss reports for January, is the damage or loss of dwellings occupied by professional men of prominence. Among these are Harry Howell, Superintendent of Raleigh City Schools; Dr. Foust, President State Normal College ; Rev. Dr. Myers, First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro; Dr. Cheesbury, Asheville; Mrs. Vestal, Sanford. In every case, except the last, which was caused by explosion of an instantaneous heater, foul or faulty flues produced the loss. Fire prevention literature or methods evidently never interested them.