Small Fire Loss in Daytona
Chief W. E. French of the fire department of Daytona, Fla., in his report for the last year, 1910, shows that the insurance loss that year only amounted to $1,177. The value of the property at risk was $68,200. The total number of calls received was twenty-eight, of which five were pulmotor calls. Water was actually used seven times and 5,750 feet of hose were laid. Chemicals were used four times, sixty gallons being used. The number of miles run was forty. The causes of alarms were: Sparks from engines, six; chimneys, five; burning trash, four; gasoline stove, two; lantern, two; lamp, one; hot fat, one; cigarette, one; matches, one, and the five pulmotor calls. Chief French in his report thanks the water department for its co-operation. As building inspector, Chief French presented the following: Total number of permits issued, 103; total estimated value of improvements, $179,405; total number of inspections made during the year, 223. Relative to fire prevention work in Daytona, Chief French says. Encouraging results are shown in comparison of fire department records for the last three years, and is attributed to the systematic inspection of new buildings in course of erection, as well as inspection of business houses and hotels. There has been a marked decrease in the number of fires in buildings as compared with preceding years, and another point of interest, no fires extended beyond building where originating. The reduction in loss has been proportionately marked. These figures make a remarkable showing for fire prevention, as well as good work done by the firemen, which should not be overlooked, considering the great number of fire hazards in the city. He gives the following figures: Total property at risk in past three years, $413,200; total property loss by fire and water, $18,388; total number of calls. 96. The following reports by year are given: 1914—Property at risk, $200,000; loss, $12,080; number of calls, 38. 1915— Property at risk, $145,000; loss, $5,131; number of calls, 30. 1916—Property at risk, $68,200; loss, $1,77; number of calls, 28.