09/16/11 272 W - + 5 - 3 The Weekly Underwriter - October 9, 1915

Found via random Google Books searching, from Volume 93 of The Weekly Underwriter:

North Carolina Improvements

A careful investigation of the fire loss in North Carolina last year  by Assistant Insurance Commissioner Sherwood Brockwell shows that the total was $3,252,2000. Added to this is the cost of the various fire departments. Mr. Brockwell, who was chief of the Raleigh fire department until a new position was specifically created for him by the State, says that for every dollar spent for new buildings, 42 cents was burned. He gives the number of lives lost by fires in this State during the twelve months as 126, mostly children.

The city of Raleigh has ordered an aerial fire truck, gasoline driven, to be delivered in February. The towns of Henderson and Washington have ordered motor trucks, and both of these will install at once a fire alarm system.

Preparations are complete for the observance of "Fire Prevention Day" all over the State and the public is showing a great deal of interest in it. A fire which destroyed the second floor of one of Raleigh's most important public schools was the direct cause of a great majority vote for a bond issue for the building of fireproof schools there, the majority being the largest on record at any election of the sort.

Raleigh has a fine reputation for a good fire department and strict regulations to reduce fire waste. Chief Farmer says the loss this year so far runs less than 1 per cent on the amount at risk and that the total to date is $5,000 less than the small loss in 1914.

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