With the State Fire Marshals

With the State Fire Marshals

The Illinois fire loss in January was $2,503,454, with a total of 1974 fires, according to the report of John G. Gamber, Fire Marshal of Illinois. Of the total loss, $1,130,745 was in the city of Chicago. The largest loss, $628,502 occurred in dwelling houses with a total of 1180 fires. The great majority of fires in dwelling houses were caused by defective or overheated flues, stoves, heating plants and their appurtenances and sparks on roofs.

Other large losses were: Factories, $611,605; stores, $431,709; warehouses, $240,725.

During the month a total of 4088 inspections were made, 15 dilapidated buildings removed and 25 persons fined for failure to comply with orders. Twenty-eight persons lost their lives through burns and 27 were injured.

Ten alleged fire-bugs, seven of whom have confessed, have been apprehended in Illinois in the last few weeks, according to the February report of Fire Marshal John G. Gamber.

Fred Neal, colored, has been given one to twenty years in reformatory for arson, after confessing to burning home of his sister at Bloomington January 16 for revenge.

Adolph Pfeiffer, 21, Chicago, confessed to setting a series of fires at the Wilson and Co. plant, one of which did $15,000 damage, and was committed to the Kankakee State hospital. He was also suspected of setting a fire at Morris and Co.

Indictments:

Mrs. Nora sweeney, Highwood, Lake County. Accused of setting fire to all buildings on old Michael Sweeney homestead February 23 and driving off Ft. Sheridan fire department with a shovel. A week before the fire she was served with notice to vacate as a result of partition suit of relatives and chased the constable with an ax. Old Michael Sweeney, founder of the estate, once served a term in the penitentiary for placing timbers on the tracks of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, after an unsuccessful court fight to keep the railroad off his land, and later was tried with two sons for murder and acquitted.

Charles Shurn, Aurora, Kane County, confessed to setting fire to his house in several places to collect insurance.

Arrests:

S. B. Elkins and son William, Bennington, Edwards County. George Beeman, nephew of S. B. Elkins, confessed he was persuaded to burn their store December 25, 1919, so that the insurance could be collected.

Mr. and Mrs. Ora L. Cline, Larchland, Warren County, confessed to burning store January 19 to collect insurance.

John Kamp, Kankakee. Confessed to setting fire to Grand Hotel February 28 for revenge. He and his wife previously served sentences for arson for burning the home of a relative for revenge.

Several large losses are under investigation by the fire marshal.

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President John G. Gamber of the Fire Marshals’ Association of North America has announced committee appointments for the year. Two new committees are added, a committee on arson and a committee on legislation.

The committee on arson will assemble and digest the arson laws of all States, and will make recommendations looking to greater uniformity and effectiveness. The committee on legislation will formulate suggestions for better fire prevention legislation.

President Gamber urges each committee to get busy at once on a constructive program of work. The President and Secretary, George H. Nettleton of St. Paul, Minnesota, are ex-officio members of each committee.

The committees follow:

COMPLETE LIST OF COMMITTEES FOR 1920 OF THE FIRE MARSHALS’ ASSOCIATION OF N. A.

Committee to Co-operate with National Board and Bureau of Standards:

T. Alfred Fleming, Chairman; Supervisor Conservation, National Board of Fire Underwriters, 76 William Street, New York City.

F. W. Kubasta, Assistant Fire Marshal, Madison, Wis.

Walter B. Bell, Fire Prevention Commissioner, Nashville, Tenn.

H. H. Freidley, State Fire Marshal, Indianapolis, Ind.

L. T. Russey, State Fire Marshal, Topeka, Kan.

James R. Young, Insurance Superintendent, Raleigh, N. C.

Homer Rutledge, Assistant Fire Marshal, Lansing, Mich.

Committee on Arson:

F. W. Kubasta, Chairman; Assistant Fire Marshal, Madison, Wis.

Homer Rutledge, Assistant Fire Marshal, Lansing, Mich.

John S. Horan, State Fire Marshal, Charleston, W. Va.

F. R. Margaridge, Special Agent, National Board of Fire Underwriters, 76 William Street, New York City.

W. J. Leonard, State Fire Marshal, Columbus, Ohio.

Committee on Legislation:

C. J. Doyle, Chairman; Associate Counsel. National Board of Fire Underwriters, 1305 Wiggins Ave., Springfield, Ill.

T. F. Baker, Chief Inspector, State Fire Insurance Commission, Austin, Texas.

J. Bart Foster, Assistant Fire Marshal, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

W. N. Van Camp, Ex-Officio State Fire Marshal, Pierre, North Dakota.

L. T. Hussey, State Fire Marshal, Topeka, Kansas.

Committe on State Building Code:

W. N. Van Camp, Ex-Officio State Fire Marshal, Pierre, South Dakota.

H. H. Friedley, State Fire Marshal, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Wm. J. Leonard, State Fire Marshal, Columbus, Ohio.

Wm. S. Boyd, Electrical Inspector, 1029 Insurance Exchange, Chicago.

J. A. Tracy, State Fire Marshal, Des Moines, Iowa.

Committee to Co-operate with Federal Government:

W. E. Mallalieu, Chairman; General Manager, National Board of Fire Underwriters, 76 William Street, New York City.

Wm. M. Campbell, State Fire Marshal, New Orleans, Louisiana.

J. A. Tracy, State Fire Marshal, Des Moines, Iowa.

W. A. Groce, Assistant State Fire Marshal, Olympia, Washington.

Howard E. Butz, Chief of Bureau of Fire Protection, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Committee on Publicity and Education:

Geo. H. Anderson, Chairman; Assistant Fire Marshal, Springfield, Illinois.

Frank A. Mclvor, Deputy Fire Marshal, Topeka, Kansas.

Geo. F. Lewis, Deputy Fire Marshal, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Ralph E. Richman, Editor, Fire Protection, Cincinnati, Ohio.

W. A. MeSwain, State Fire Marshal, Columbia, South Carolina.

Committee on Exhibits:

E. P. Heaton, Chairman; Fire Marshal, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Joseph Button, Insurance Superintendent, Richmond, Virginia.

E. D. Beach, State Fire Marshal, Lincoln, Nebraska.

G. Waldon Smith, Insurance Commissioner, Augusta, Maine.

W. A. MeSwain, State Fire Marshal, Columbia, South Carolina.

Committee on Membership:

Arthur E. Fisher, Chairman; Fire Commissioner, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

R. S. Mentrum, State Fire Marshal, Helena, Montana.

W. J. Williams, State Fire Marshal, Montgomery, Alabama.

S. W. Inglish, State Fire Marshal, Austin, Texas.

Walter S. Bell, Fire Prevention Commissioner, Nashville,

Tennessee.

Committee on Standard Hose Couplings:

J. Bart Foster, Chairman; Assistant Fire Marshal, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

M. S. Philip, President Illinois Firemen’s Association, Chicago Heights, Illinois.

Thos. B. Pannell, State Fire Marshal, Frankfort, Kentucky.

H. H. Friedley, State Fire Marshal, Indianapolis, Indiana.

H. L. Reade, State Fire Marshal, Bismarck, North Dakota.