The Birmingham Fire Record
Birmingham, Ala., had a fire loss during 1916 of $472,397, of which $256,326 was on buildings and $216,071 on contents, the property buildings and contents at risk being valued at $7,696,872. The loss on buildings and contents in which fires originated was $441,874, and the exposure losses, on buildings and contents in which fires did not originate, amounted to $30,523. These figures are given in the report of Chief S. A. Middleton for 1916 which states that the total number of alarms was 2,662, of which 176 were false or unnecessary. The number of actual fires was 2,486. Thcs were as follows: In reinforced concrete buildings, 2; in fireproof I uildings (steel frame), 2; in brick and stone buildings, 104; in iron-clad buildings, 4; in frame buildings (wooden), 2,100; in buildings not classified above, 10; other than building fires, 257. The fires confined to building or place of origin numbered 2,409, and those extending to adjoining buildings numbered 66. Those extending beyond adjoining buildings were 11.