The York Fire Department

The York Fire Department

The total loss to buildings and contents by fire in York, Pa., during 1916 amounted to $19,218.96, an unusually low figure, according to Chief Harry L. Wills, in a report just compiled. The fires that occurred so far this year will surpass the figures of fires for the 1916 losses, it is said, as the damage to the Fox Baking Company’s property, and the World Polish Manufacturing Company’s plants alone will be more. Other interesting statistics are given in the report. Some of the figures given by Chief Wills include the population of York, which is set forth as 55,000; the total number of buildings as 14,011, made up of 9,288 brick and stone structures, and 4,723 frame buildings. The area of the city is given as 3½ square miles. The number of fire alarms turned in is given as 89. Of this number 24 are listed as unnecessary or false. A total of 75 fires occurred, 72 of which were confined to buildings or places of origin, three having spread to adjoining properties. The buildings where the fires took place are classified as follows: Fireproof, 42; frame, 26; reinforced concrete, 1; and buildings not classified, 6. Sixtyfive of these fires were confined to the floors on which they originated. Exposure losses amounted to only $204.60. This item represents the loss to buildings and contents in which the fires did not originate. The direct loss is given at $19,014.36. The valuation of the buildings and permanent fixtures involved in the fires amount to $588,872.54, and the contents to $1,226,360.73.

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