AUSES OF FIRES.
fiimCTER IXTESTIGAHOX URGED. -■ (By Xelegrapn.—Press Association.! DUXEDIX, Wednesday, 'lie proposal to attempt to lessen the frequency of fires by holding an official; .inquiry into every outbreak nas been re-1 .;. serving considerable attention lately, and it was mentioned at a meeting of ■the Bunedin Fire Board to-day. -Sir. Stronach, referring to the state- 1 /jnent recently credited to Inspector Hugo, concerning the prevention of outbreaks i of fire, remarked that the matter had been taken up by the newspapers, and it -was said that a remedy would be an ' inquiry into every fire. 'He moved, This board is of opinion that the view ascribed by the newspapers to Inspector Hugo, namely, that a coroner's inquest saould be held as to the cause of every fire, is sound, and the Minister for In- j t-nal Afiairs be written to with the ob.jeet of enlisting his support in an effort to'induce the Government to so arrange , initters; a copy of the resolution to be ; forwarded to the other fire boards in the Dominion." i _ The Chairman was of opinion that an inquest held into every fire would, hy making people more ea.refill, considerably reduce the percentage of outbreaks. I .Wilson did not see the advisablenees of holding an inquiry into the circumstances of every little fire, and favoured - a--seheme by which the holding of inquiries would be subject i-j the discretion of the chairman; otherwise, where were they going to draw the line! In a general discussion which followed, 3<lr. Arkle expressed the opinion that the Board already po6S?ssod the power to hold an inquiry intii L:a cause of a &"£ -whenever it cc_=:i?iT.-l such neees--"-—■ry, and that the motion in its present form was therefore not 'jeeessary. The motion was duly seconded and carried.
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