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Fires In New York

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That the growth of the work which New York fireiaea are called on to do demanda the best apparatus which can be made, and that every valuable improveinent must be adopted will be apparent from even a casual inspection of the statistics of fires and consequent losses. In 1836, the year after the paid department took the places of the volunteers, there were 790 fires in the city. In 1888 there were 3,217. In 1868 there was 1 fire to every 80 buildings, and in 1888 1 to 35. In 1866 there were fires to every man on the force, in 1888 3 1-7 firea to each man. That the efficiency of the force has more than kept pace with the growth in fires, however, ia plain from the fact that the average loss per fire in 1866 was $8,075.38, and in 1888 trat