Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 53, Part VII

By Holice and Debbie

Report of the Bureau of Combustibles for the year ending December 31, 1885:

Complaints of Violations, etc.

Pending last Report

Received since.

Total to be disposed of.

Complied on Notice

Unfounded

Penalties Collected

Penalties Remitted

Prosecution Recommended

Total

Now pending

Selling kerosene below test

3

5

8

   

3

5

 

8

 

Selling kerosene oil without license

 

2

2

 

2

     

2

 

Chimney Fires

31

219

250

   

87

124

27

238

12

Hoistways found open after conclusion of business

9

24

33

 

1

6

21

4

32

1

Fire Hydrants obstructed

3

53

56

50

6

     

56

 

Lights unprotected

 

2

2

 

2

     

2

 

Want of Fire Extinguishing Appliances

13

5

18

3

2

     

5

13

Want of Telegraphic communication.

5

 

5

1

4

     

5

 

Kerosene or naphtha, etc., in excessive quantity

 

16

16

7

9

     

16

 

Fireworks, chemicals, matches, etc., kept without permit

 

3

3

1

2

     

3

 

Powder, etc., improperly stored, transported, etc.

 

3

3

 

3

     

3

 

Chimneys, flues, heating apparatus, etc., unsafe

4

29

33

18

12

     

30

3

Ashes in wooden boxes, etc.

 

8

8

4

1

     

5

3

Hay, straw, cotton, rgs, and other vegetable fibers stores in excessive quantity.

12

16

28

10

18

     

28

 

Lime, spirits, varnish, etc., stores in excessive quantity

1

7

8

7

1

     

8

 

Total

 

81

392

473

63

96

150

21

441

32

Special surveys made to determine the fitness of premises for the storage of

Combustible or explosive materials. 547
Special surveys of places of amusement. 5
Samples of kerosene oil collected and tested 8,965

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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