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ATTENTION: WORKS MANAGER ·V
CHIEF OF PLANT PROTECTION
PLANT ENGINEER
We are attaching hereto for your information and file, a
copy of the Annual Report of Fires,
You will note, the over-all total fire loss for the year
19UY, was $9U,j90.00, This is considerably higher than we have
experienced for many yearss
A large part of the increase was chiefly brought about by
the fire that occurred on April the l6th at our Rock Falls Works,
In passing this report along to you, we are asking for your
continued cooperation in helping ue to keep our fire losses down
to a minimum,
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é§DUAL_§§§0RT 0E;§lRES l9U7
Mr. M. J. LaCroix - l9th floor y
During the calendar year of l9M7, we had a total of 302 fires in our manu-
facturing plants in the United States and Canada.
This is an increase of 95 fires or approximately M5% more than in l9M6. 0f
this total number of fires, l7 were of such nature that they warranted making
a claim on insurance companies for reimbursement. The balance of 286 were
of incipient nature and no claim was filed.
The total fire monetary loss for the year of l9U7 was $9M,390.20, against
$lM,2Ml in l9M6 or an increase of approximately 562%. 0f the total monetary
loss reported 98% or $92,85M.26 was collected from insurance companies.
The following is a brief description of the major fires:
Collectable Losses
Fort Wayne Works - January lh - l2:l0 a.m. Loss $102.50
Damage — Gas electric industrial truck
Cause — Spilled gasoline on motor of truck while
fueling
Tractor Works — February 20 — ll:l0 a.m. Loss M83.88
Damage - confined to roof of engine laboratory I
Cause — Overheated grids
Indianapolis Works — March 3 - 3:5l p.mJ Loss lM2.06
Damage — Exhaust duct and stack for welding booth
Cause - Sparks from cutting torch ignited deposits
in duct and stack.
Fort Wayne Works — March l8 - l2:30 a.m. Loss 252.M2
Damage - Gas electric industrial truck
Cause - Spilled gasoline on motor of truck while
fueling
Fort wayne works - March 2M - 2:20 P.m. Loss M2l.7l
_ Damage — Furnace load of gears
Cause - Oil overflowing from.one of the inner
cylinders or tubes and running down into
exit vestibule & ignited by hot gears.

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Collectable Losses (Con't.) V
Reek Falls - April 16 - U:35 a.m. Loss $63,382.65
Damage - Building, roof and equipment
Cause — Electrical failure overheated motor A
Stockton Works — April l8 - 7:30 a.m, Loss 375.00
Damage - Diesel generators
Cause - Windings weakend from continuous overload
McCormick Works — April 28 - U:l0 p.m. Loss l88.00
Damage - Rubber conveyor belt for sand conveyor
Cause — Rubber conveyor belt broke and fell on
casting conveyor belt which was ignited
by hot castings when carried into shake out
chamber
. Tractor Works - May l0 - 5:Mh a.m. Loss T22.M2
Damage ~ To furnace and duct work in tunnel
Cause - Electric cord on man cooler fan was
entangled on fuel oil line which broke
when fan was moved.
V Fort Wayne - May l2 ~ 8:0M a.m. Loss Téb.93
Damage — Equipment in engine research laboratory
Cause — Ruptured gasoline supply line
West Pullman Works — August M - l2:35 p.m. Loss l5,l85.U5
Damage — Underside of roof, steel roof members
wire glass windows, combustion air fan .
and electrical equipment
Cause - Unknown
Memphis Works - August 20 — 5:30 a.m. Loss U,799.32
Damage — Contractors tool shed, tools and
equipment
Cause — Unknown
Tractor Works — September l8 - U:00 a.m. Loss 680.22
Damage — Confined to heavily insulated HMO volt
cables on Hagan furnace
Cause - Abandoned oil line under pressure in
tunnel let loose and flowed beneath
furnace which was ignited by hot scale
` from adjacent drop hammer.
Fort Wayne Works - October lh - 5:36 a.m. Loss l,l50.0l
Damage — cartons, rolls of paper, shipping tags
and other packing materials
Cause — Discarded cigarette in rubbish container

 Col1ectable_Dosses
Milwaukee Works - October 15 — 3:55 a.m. Loss $ 3,191.3U
Damage - Bags of corn flour
Cause - Sparks from acetylene cutting torch
Memphis Works — December 2 - 1:30 p.m. Loss 181.00
Damage - Bags of cement and tarpaulin
Cause — Sparks from acetylene cutting torch
· McCormick Works - December is - u;o8 p.m. Loss 885.80
» Damage — Cartons of insulating materials
Cause - Sparks from acetylene cutting torch
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The total amount collected from the insurance companies for the above
fire losses $92,85b.26
We have 33 small fires which did not warrant placing a claim on the insurance
companies. The total estimated loss for these fires was $1,535.90
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Collected from insurance companies $92,85U.26
Small uncollectable losses 1,535.90
Total losses by fire 9L+,390.16
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Electrical failure 53
Sparks from cutting & welding 51
Gasoline ignited by spark 33
Miscellaneous 32
Oils, gasoline on hot surface 20
Accumulation of oil in pits and floors 19
Anti-freeze ignited on truck motors 19
Sparks from grinder lh
Smoking 15
Deposits accumulated in stacks & ducts 13
Overheating oil in quench tanks 9
Spontaneous ignition 9
Combustibles ignited by heat exchangers 8
Sparks from cupalo 7
Total 302
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Employee in vicinity 120
Patrolman and guards 100
` Works Fire Dept. 50
Member or members of Works Fire Dept.
in vicinity 23
City Fire Dept. 9
Total 302

 Eguipment Used_to Extinguish
Portable 229
Fire Hose U2
No Equipment lS
Sprinkler System __l§
Total — BOE '
Remarks
For your information we include in this report other than fire losses that
were collected from insurance companies.
Milwaukee Works had an explosion in scrap yard when ladle of molten metal
was poured on frozen ground with a damage of $lO,§OU.50.
Hamilton Works had explosions in the Chemical Laboratory and Forge Shop with
a damage of SlU,}95.50.
Springfield, Fort Wayne, and West Pullman had windstorm damage to the total
extent of $Y§,l2}.QU.
Canton Works had water damaee that totaled $§Ul.52.
This report shows an alarming increase in fire losses in our manufacturing
plants, However, of these losses, you.will note, that Rock Falls and West
Pullman had losses that amounted to $YS,5lU.lO or 8}% of the total losses for
the year and both occurred in unsprinklered buildings.
These two serious fires again emphasize the importance of providing sprinkler ·
protection where needed,
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HEFORT OF INSPECTION OF FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT
Febmary · 1948
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Hose Housesi
I Lynch Avenue 250 — — I I 2 0. K.
2 Wentz Road — 550 — I I 2 0. K.
5 Blair Avenue 250 — — I I 2 0. K.
4 No. I Tipple 250 — — I I 2 0. K.
5 No. I Tipple ~250 — - I I 2 0. K.
6 Church Street 275 * — I I 2 0. K.
7 Hillside Avenue — 200 — I I 2 0. K.
8 Central Avenue 250 — — I I 2 0. K.
9 Creech & Central 200 — — I I 2 0. K.
I0 Park Avenue — 200 - I I 2 0. K.
II Scale House · I00 — I I 2 0. K.
I2 Maggard Street 250 ~ — I I 2 0. K.
I5 Maggard Street 200 — ~ I I 2 0. K.
I4 Maggard Street 200 — ~ I I 2 0. K.
I5 Carpenter Shop — 500 · I I 2 0. K.
I6 McKnight Street ~ I00 — I I 2 0. K.
I7 Main & Highline 200 — — I I 2 0. K.
IB Central Avenue 200 — — I I 2 0. K.
l9 Supt's Residence 200 — - I I 2 0. K.
20 Central & 0ak 200 — ~ I I 2 0. K.
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24 Hemlock Street 250 ~ ~ I I 2 0. K.
25 Hemlock Street I50 — — I I 2 0. K.
26 Cedar Street 200 ‘ · I I 2 0. K.
27 Poplar Street 250 — — I l 2 0. K.
28 Mountain View Hotel — 200 ~ I I 2 0. K.
29 Maple Street 250 — — I I 2 0. K.
50 Chestnut Street 250 — — I I 2 0. K.
5I Pine Street 250 — — I I 2 0. K.
52 Kentucky Avenue 250 — — I I 2 0. K.
` 55 Railroad Avenue 250 - » — I I 2 0. K.
54 Spruce Street 200 - — I I 2 0. K.
55 Cunberland Avenue 200 — — I I 2 0. K.
56 Railroad Avenue 500 ~ — I I 2 0. K.
57 walnut Street 525 · — I I 2 0. K.
58 Locust Street 250 — - I I 2 0. K.
. 59 Holly Street 200 — — I I 2 0. K.
40 Beech Street I50 — — I I 2 0. K.
4I Clutts - I50 — I I 2 0. K.
Theatre Building 240 — — I I 2 0. K.
Lachine Shop - I00 — I I 2 O. K.
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REPORT OF INSPECTION OF FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT
February · 1948
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PUBLIC BUILDINGS: __ .
Store -· 200 4 - 4 2 0. K.
Hotel — 2OO 5 — 4 6 O. K.
White Club — 50 l ·· l l O. K.
White School — 225 3 - 5 - O. K.
Supt's Residence —· lOO -· — l - O. K.
Filter Plant — 50 l ·- l -— O. K.
Note:
All fire plugs and flush valves flushed out this month.
HOSE 1-IAGON AND EQUIPDLENT:
. BOO ft. 2 5/8 in. Hose O. K. A
GOO ft. I I/2 in. Hose O.K.
2 2 5/8 in. Nozzles (Shut off type) O. K.
2 l l/2 in. Nozzles 0. K.
Ladders O. K.
Extinguishers O. K.
Axe 0. K.
Bar O. K.
Spanners O. K.
Hydrent Wrenches O. K.
All Service Gas Masks 0. K.
First Aid Kit O. K.
Gasoline Tank Full.
Oil in Engine Full.
Tires (figspounds pressure) O. K.