Fire loss in 1958 set at $48,819
Property damage caused by fire in the city limits of Covington during 1958 amounted to an estimated $47,819.80, according to Fire Chief R.T. Floyd.
This was a decided decrease over 1957, when the damage was set at $153,000, due mainly to one large conflagration that did damage to some $85,00 to two business firms in downtown Covington — Ginn Auto Parts Co. and W.T. Greer Stock Barn.
The number of calls that the Covington Fire Department made during the past year was up somewhat as 121 calls were made. In 1957 the department made 73 calls. Most costly fire of the year here happened during the latter days of the year when a Central of Georgia Railroad engine caught on fire, and the damage was estimated at $30,000, Chief Floyd said. A generator was supposedly the cause of the fire starting. Chief Floyd said that most of the other fires to which his department was summoned were to homes. Also a great number of grass fires were extinguished during the 12-month period.
Fighting fires inside the City limits did not take up all the time of the fireman in the year 1958, as more than 29 calls were made outside the city limits. Chief Floyd said that these were “courtesy calls” and gave the department a chance to use their 1,200-gallon Tanker-Pumper. The Covington fire Department now has five regular fireman including Chief Floyd. The other fireman are: Clayton Bailey, assistant chief; Calvin Fincher, captain; Jack Parker and Harold Picket, truck operators.
The department has 21 volunteer firemen who are as follows; W.T. Austin, Ralph Batchelor, Grady Berry, J.M Bolton, J.O. Costley, Sam Cowan, G.L. Dennison, Jimmy Gardner, Jr., Dan Gibbs, Charles Harwell, Joe Heard, A.R. Hooten, Joe Hooten, John Mask, Junior Odum, Otis Parish, H.B. Potts, Hulon Pullin, Chester Sellars, Joe Hunt Jr. Joe Hunt Sr