Fire loss in 1958 set at $48,819

The Covington News - - LOOKING BACK -

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

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