Thirteen North Carolina Firebugs Sentenced
There were thirteen persons convicted during 1924 of arson and these are serving sentences of from two to seven years in prison, owung to the activities of the North Carolina Insurance Commission, according to a statement by Stacey Wade, insurance commissioner of that state. Mr. Wade declared that loss of life from fire had been made practically impossible in 181 schools, college and state buildings, plans of which have been approved this year by the commission. Many other buildings have been equipped with safe and properly placed exits making it possible for all occupants to leave the building safely in case of fire.
An exceptionally high percentage of these buildings have been or are being constructed of fire resistive material which will remove the last possibility of any loss of life from fire. Two of the largest high school buildings in the state which had been contracted for of ordinary construction were changed to be made of fire resistive material at the suggestion of the commission.
Personal inspection for the purpose of enforcing the state building laws have been made in practically every city of any size in the state, and in addition inspections of schools and colleges outside such towns have been made, among these being Davidson College, Elon College, Flora Macdonald, Asheville School for Boys, Burnsville Academy, Louisburg Female College, Leasburg, Hawfield and others.