Vienna’s Remarkable Fire Record

Vienna’s Remarkable Fire Record

For a city of 2,098,000 people, extending over an area of 106 square miles, Vienna, Austria, enjoys a remarkable immunity from serious fires. The total losses for last year amounted to only $355,000, arising from 1,062 fires. In the first half of the same year New York City’s losses are reported as $5,820,000 from 8,455 fires. Of the Vienna fires only forty-seven were classed as “large” fires, that is where two or more lines of hose were brought into play. There were 211 “medium” fires, requiring only one hose. Carelessness with matches and lights caused 214 of the fires. There were only thirteen known cases of arson. The total alarms were 3,158, for in Vienna the services of the fire department are requisitioned in all kinds of accidents in the streets and buildings, some of them of the most trivial character—a pigeon entangled in the telephone wires, for instance.

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