SUMMARIZED FIRE REPORTS FOR 1900.
CHIEF JOYNER, of Atlanta, Ga., in his sixteenth annual report states that the percentage of fire loss to the amount of property at risk was less than two per cent. The department answered 432 alarms during the year—forty-eight more than in 1899. The total loss was $75,876. An appropriation of $131,500 is called for, which will enable him to have a new station built for hose company No. 3, put the two steamers in service, restore the salaries of the firemen, place the fire alarm wires underground, and buy a new hook and ladder truck.
The fire department of Bay City, Mich., answered 136 alarms during 1900. The fire loss was the smallest in years, being less than $40,000. Two general,and two second alarms were turned in during the year. The department record was of the “highest order.” Every alarm was responded to promptly—this beiug evidenced by the small loss.
The volunteer fire department of Clinton, Ill., attended twenty-five fires in 1900. Only one building was a total loss. Some causes of the fires were matches, gasolene, and defective flues. The total membership of the department is now fifty. It is suggested that 150 associate members be enrolled; that the fire belfry be raised; and that a larger bell be purchased.
The total number of alarms in 1900 at Toledo, Ohio, as reported by Chief Mayo, was 453; total loss, $146,685.94; insurance, $3,043,918. The immediate purchase of two, if not more first-class steamers is recommended as of absolute necessity. A fireboat is also needed. The boys of the city seem to have a weakness for turning in false alarms, twenty-seven of which were answered. One lad was fined $50; two more were sent to Lancaster to jail; and two very young ones were arrested and lectured by the chief of police.
Chief Kellogg, of Seattle, Wash., reports 292 alarms of fire answered during 1901; loss on buildings, and contents $82,000; insurance at risk, $2,638,810; excess of insurance over loss, $2,552,640; insurance paid, $68,026. One general alarm was turned in during the year.
Chief Moser, of Warren, Ohio, reports that forty-six alarms were turned in during 1900. The department traveled fifty-one miles; laid 15,300 feet of hose; exhausted twenty-nine tanks of chemicals; and worked fifty-eight hours. The total loss from all fires was $20,495.10. The insurance paid was $16,169.90—leaving a total net loss of $4,325.20. Chief Moser recommends relocating several of the fire hydrants, purcliasing six additional fire alarm boxes, some new fire ladders, 6,000 feet of hose, and a hose wagon.
Chief Francis, of Springfield, Mass., reports a fire loss of about $30,000, as compared with $47,489 in 1899. There were fifty-two alarms—an increase of thirteen over 1899. All but five of the fires in 1900 were in the heart of the city. An effort will be made during the year to have three small suburban departments organized.
William Rosenborough, chief of the McKeesport, Pa., fire department, in his annual report shows that the department responded to 215 alarms, and that the aggregate loss did not exceed $25,000.
During 1900 Newport, Ohio, had 133 alarms of fire. The total loss was $10,323.96; insurance, $99,100. Chief Link recommends the building of a $3,500 house for the Two’s hose company, and the erection of a hose house for the protection of the rapidly growing East End. The sum of $12,357 was apportioned for the fire department of 1900, and of this $11,693 was spent. Twelve thousand eight hundred and eight y-seven dollars is asked for the present year.
The fire loss at Waycross, Ga., during 1900 was extremely low. There were no destructive fires, and the work of the firemen was very good.
Seventy-one fire alarms were answered by the fire department of Sherbrooke, Que. The losses were only $2,341; propert y at risk was valued at $300,000. No wonder that Sherbrooke stands in class A as an insurance risk.
Denver, Colo., according to the annual report of Chief Roberts, had 545 alarms of fire. The details of losses and insurance are as follows: Loss on buildings not insured, $16,030; loss on contents not insured, $11,970.25—total loss not insured, $28,000.25: loss paid on buildings, $59,906.79; loss paid on contents, $109,233.86—total loss paid, $229,140.65; total loss by fire for the year 1900, $257,140.90; insurance on buildings, $2,546,650; insurance on contents, $1,853,500—total amount of insurance, $4,400,150.
During 1900 the fire department of Ogden, Utah, under Chief Orson Riser, maintained its record as one of the best little departments in the country. It was kept up at a cost to the city of $11,725, and answered during the twelve months ninety-two alarms. There were no disastrous conflagrations, although property valued at $1,500,000 was involved, and although insurance was placed amounting to about $204,000, only $5,314 was paid. The net losses amounted to $11,419.85. Besides the central fire station there is an excellent volunteer department at Five Points, of which James Horrop is captain.