Norwich Fire Department Report
The annual report of Chief Howard L. Stanton, of the Norwich, Conn., fire department, gives the number of fires for 1912 as 158, of which 35 were bell, 89 telephone, 33 still and one general alarm. The value of property involved was, on buildings, $390,425; on contents, $290,050, making a total of $680,475. Insurance on buildings, $280,450; contents, $280,350, making a total of $488,800. Total loss of insured and uninsured buildings, $62,485.75; contents, $79,936.28, making a total of $142,422.93. Insurance loss on buildings, $49,960.75; on contents, $70,538.18, making a total of $120,498.93. Total loss above insurance on buildings and contents was $21,923.10. Total loss on buildings and contents in which fire originated, $140,472.03; total loss on buildings and contents in which fire did not originate, or exposure loss, $1,950, or a total of $142,422.03. The largest fire of the year was that of the Central Wharf on August 28, where there was an insurance loss of $1.10,357.14. The total loss outside of this fire was $10,141.79.
Twice in one week recently the prize engine in the fire department of Corona (L. I.) N. Y., though drawn by two horses was bemired and could not get any nearer its hydrant than 100 feet. The hose cart reached the fire, as did likewise the truck, the latter drawn by one horse. As the engine’s services could not be utilized the firemen and some of the neighbors formed a bucket brigade and managed to save the twostory frame house in which the blaze started,