SALEM, MASS., FIRE REPORT.
Salem, Mass, reports through Chief Arnold seventeen bell, two false, and two still alarms last year; seventeen fires investigated; they arose from nine different causes. Two persons were burned to death during the year. Value of buildings damaged, $20,533; damage to same, $2,609.75; insurance on buildings, $16,800; insurance paid, $1,963.35; value of contents, $39,024.75; damage tosame, $2,334.75; insurance on contents, $34,475; insurance paid, $1,233. The largest loss amounted to $1,899.75. One loss was total. Except in the case of one fire, alt the others were confined to the one building. Chief Arnold recommends that $1,000 be laid out upon new hose; $200 in care of alarm system; and that a steamer should be bought, as it is not safe to depend solely upon the water supply which may be so affected by breaks in the pipes, etc., as to render it necessary to shut off the water at any time.