Rock Island Fire Statistics.
The report of Chief George W. Newberry shows that the fire department in 1909 made 135 runs and traveled 133 miles. Property to the amount of $217,500 was endangered by the fires and a loss of $30,000 took place, on which there was a total insurance of $163,000. The department put in 56 hours of actual work at the fires, laid and charged 10,400 feet of hose and raised 658 feet of ladders. One hundred and fourteen gallons of chemicals were used in extinguishing the smaller fires. In 1908 the department covered 128 miles in making 107 runs, and there was a total loss of $694,348 These figures are so large as compared with 1909 losses because of the fire which wiped out the yards of the Rock Island Lumber Company and the sash and door works.