Smoking and Matches Cause Most Fires
Of the total number of fires which occurred in the District of Columbia during the month of June, 169, the greatest number was caused by smoking, there being 23 from this cause, according to the monthly report of Fire Marshal L. V. Sieb of the Capital City’s fire department. The cause given for the next largest number, 20, was the careless use of matches, and this was followed by automobile fires through electric wires under hood short circuiting, which caused 16. The total number of fires during June showed a decrease of 12 as against that of May. There were 72 box alarms and 97 local or telephone calls. Six fires occurred outside the District of Columbia. The estimated fire losses in buildings amounted to $11,543 and on contents, $20,581, making a total of $32,124. There were 54 fires that occurred without loss, 80 with loss, 5 no-fire alarms and 8 false alarms. The estimated loss shows a decrease of $18,544 as compared with the loss for May and an increase of $3,269 as compared with the loss for the June, 1922. The fire marshal’s office made 4,357 inspections during the month, which makes a total up to June 1, 1923. of 41,883 and for the year, 46,241. The inspection by the uniformed force numbered 9,308, the total up to June 1, 1923,being 103.883 and for the year 113,191. Of the latter inspections, 107 were referred to the office of the fire marshal.