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Great Fires: 1906 Great Earthquake & Fire

Fire Department General Property Loss Report
San Francisco Fire Department
1906 Great Earthquake & Fire

List of property belonging to the fire department of the City & County of San Francisco that was destroyed or damaged by the earthquake or fire of April, 1906, together with the approximate value of the same, and the estimated cost of replacing and repairing the buildings damagaed or destroyed.

VALUE OF COST OF HOUSES DESTROYED BY FIRE
 
 
FIREHOUSE
Old Building
New Building
 
 
Engine House No. 1
South line of Pacific street 206 feet 3 inches west
of Sansome st, 25xl37 1/2. Size of old building 25x80,
$18,000
18,000
 
 
Engine House No. 2
North line of O'Farrell st, 197 1/2 feet from the east line
of Stockton street, 22x75. Three- story brick building, full size of lot
15,000
25,000
 
 
Engine House No. 3
South line of California street, 220 feet east of Hyde, 27 1/2x137 1/2. Size of old building, 27!/ 2 x80
Two-story frame
10,000
15,000
 
 
Engine House No. 4
North line of Howard st, 160 feet east of Third, 40x110.
Three-story brick building, full size of lot
35,000
40,000
 
 
Engine House No. 5
West line of Stockton street, 115 feet south of Broadway, 22 1/2x80.
Two-story brick building, full size of lot.
10,000
20,000
 
Engine House No. 6
East line of Sixth st, 115 feet south of Folsom, 25x75.
Two-story frame building
10,000
14,000
 
Engine House No. 7
Northwest corner
Albion avenue and Sixteenth street, 25x 85.
Two-story brick building, full size of lot
12,000
22,000
 
Engine House No. 8
North line Pacific street, 177 14 feet west of Polk, 30x137 feet 814 inches.
Two-story frame
$15,000
$23,000
 
Engine House No. 9
West side Main street, 192 1/2 feet south of Folsom, 27 1/2x137 1/2
One-story brick building
10,000
22,000
 
Engine House No. 10
North line of Bryant st, 115 feet west of Third, 41 1/2x80.
Two-story frame
18,000
25,000
 
Engine House No. 12
Southwest corner Commercial and Drumm, 25x59 ft 9 in.
Two-story brick, full size of lot.
11,000
18,000
 
Engine House No. 17
North line of Mint avenue, 175 feet west of Fifth, 25x75.
Two-story brick building on full size of lot
12,000
22,000
 
Engine House No. 19
Southerly line of Market street, 190 feet west of Tenth, 30x137 1/2.
Three-story brick building.
30,000
40,000
 
Engine House No. 28
Southwest corner Francisco and Stockton sts, 105x137 1/2.
Two-story frame, 30x80 feet.
10,000
14,000
 
Engine House No. 31
North side of Pacific, 137 feet 5 inches west of Jones, 23.1x60.
Two-story frame on full size of lot
8,000
11,000
 
Engine House No. 35
North line of Bluxome st, 250 feet south of Fourth, 50x120.
Three-story brick, 50x90.
25,000
35,000
 
Engine House No. 38
North line of Bush st, 915 feet east of Taylor, 535x137 1/2.
Two-story brick building, 50x80
25,000
30,000
 
Truck House No. 2
South line Broadway, 171.10 1/2 feet west of Dupont street, 22x137.
Two-story brick building, 22x100
$10,000
$20,000
 
Chemical House No. 1
West line of Second street, 30 feet south of Natoma, 25x80.
Two-story brick, 25x80
10,000
18,000
 
Chemical House No. 3
North line Bush street, 85 feet 11 inches west of Kearny street.
Three-story brick building, full size of lot
15,000
25,000
 
Chemical House No. 4
South line of McAllister, 170 ft 9 in east of Van Ness ave, 30x120.
Two-story frame building, 27x80
8,000
20.000
 
Corporation Yard No. 1
North line of Sacramento st, 75 feet east of Drumm, 50xl19 1/2.
Two-story brick building, full size of lot.
30,000
50,000
 
Corporation Yard No. 2
Francisco street, near Stockton.
Two-story frame
10,000
14,000
 
Drill Tower No. 2
Francisco and Stockton streets.
Steel structure, five stories high.
5,000
7,500
 
Stables for Corporation Yard No. 1
North line of Sacramento street, 150 feet east of Drumm, 25x59 feet 9 inches.
Two-story frame
2,000
20,000
 
Supply Stables
North line Jackson street, 139.1 feet east of Front, 20x60.
Two-story brick building, full size of lot
12,000
16,000
 
Extra House (Occupied as quarters for Battalion Chief)
East line of Stockton street, 25 ft north of Greenwich st, 20x60 feet.
Old two-story brick building
10,000
11,000
 
Totals
380,000
$505,500


HOUSES DAMAGED BY EARTHQUAKE
 
 
FIREHOUSE
Damage Amount
 
 
Engine House No. 13
1458 Valencia street.
Two-story brick building.
Amount of damage sustained by earthquake $ 2,000
 
 
Engine House No. 18
317 Duncan street.
Two-story brick building.
Amount of damage sustained 2,000
 
 
Engine House No. 19
34 Waller street.
One-story brick building.
Amount of damage sustained 500
 
 
Engine House No. 27
621 Herman street.
Two-story frame building.
Amount of damage sustained 2,000
 
 
Engine House No. 29
1305 Bryant street.
Two-story frame building.
Amount of damage sustained 3,000
 
 
Engine House No. 30
1737 Waller street.
Two-story frame building.
Amount of damage sustained 500
 
 
Engine House No. 33
117 Broad street.
Two-story frame building.
Amount of damage sustained 500
 
 
Truck House No. 7
3050 Seventeenth street.
Two- story frame building.
Amount of damage sustained 500
 
 
Department Stables
534 Tenth street.
Two-story frame building.
Amount of damage sustained 2,000
 
Total $137,000


APPARATUS DESTROYED
 
APPARTUS
Value
 
1866 Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine, 1st size, No. 175
$4,000.00
1872 Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine, 2d size, No. 390.
4,500.00
1897 LaFrance Steam Fire Engine, 1st size, No. 374
5,000.00
Hayes Hook and Ladder Truck, No. 17
22,800.00
1896 Gorter Monitor Battery, No. 2
1,750.00
1901 Studebaker & Bros., Automobile (Electric Auto Car), No. 1
3,000.00
Automobile (Auto Car), No. 3
1,050.00
Automobile (Auto Car), No. 4
1,050.00
Winton Automobile, (Auto Car) No. 5
2,650.00
Hose Wagon
1,200.00
Hose Wagon (unaccounted for)
1,200.00
2 Buggies
700.00
2 Buggies (unaccounted for)
700.00
Total
$29,600.00


ENGINES DAMAGED
 
APPARATUS
Repair Amount
 
1894 Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine, 1st size, No 710
$ 750.00
1895 American Steam Engine, 1st size, No. 2399
800.00
1894 Clapp & Jones Steam Fire Engine No. 2290
600.00
1872 Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine, 2nd size, No. 389
800.00
Total:
$2,950.00
 
Small Tools, etc., carried on apparatus
$1,800.00


HOSE DESTROYED
 
HOSE
Loss Value
 
13,150 feet of 3 inch cotton
$9,310.20
23,850 feet of 2 1/2-inch cotton
16,695.00
100 feet of 2 1/2-inch cotton
65.00
3,200 feet of 1 1/2-inch cotton
1,408.00
250 feet of 1 inch cotton
75.00
1,050 feet of 1-inch rubber chemical
420.00
Hose Total: 41,600 feet
Total:
$27,973.20


REPAIR SHOP EQUIPMENTS (YARD NO. 1 )
 
 EQUIPMENT
Loss Value
 
1 24-inch lathe (Hendy-Morton), 20-ft. bed
1,750.00
1 24-inch lathe (Gap), 1 6-ft bed
1,200.00
1 16-inch lathe
50.00
1 14-inch lathe
600.00
2 large drill presses, 28x24
900.00
small drill press 
150.00
7-ft. planer
1,100.00
24-inch shaper
450.00
emery wheel
80.00
grindstone
35.00
jointer
125.00
36-inch band saw
275.00
turret lathe
1,000.00
tool grinder
150.00
circular saw
250.00
pony planer, 24-inch
550.00
borer
280.00
mortising machine
225.00
2 Singer sewing machines
100.00
1 letter press
40.00
1 hydraulic hose testing machine and accumulator
2,000.00
2 electric motors, 15 H.P.
600.00
200 feet (about) shafting, pulleys, hangers, belting, etc.
700.00
1 West hydraulic tire setting machine and motor
2,600.00
1 tire upsetter
75.00
1 tire roller
75.00
2 blacksmith forges, complete, with blower and fan
300.00
1 hydraulic elevator, capable of lifting six tons
3,000.00
Chucks, assortments for different lathes
300.00
1 boring bar, with heads and accessories
250.00
Patterns, all kinds
3,000.00
Hardwood, stock, wheels of all kinds, spokes, felloes, rims, etc.
5,000.00
Duplicate parts of engines and apparatus, springs, hitches, general hardware stock, tubes, pipe fittings, etc.
8,000.00
Harness, hardware, leather stock, all kinds canvas, and finished harness, etc.
3,000.00
Screws, nails, brads, etc.
200.00
Commissary supplies of all kinds
1,500.00
Brass goods and copper, pipes and fittings
800.00
Assortment of small shop tools, such as drills, taps, dies, wrenches and special reamers, etc.
1,800.00
Lamps, lanterns, reflectors, all kinds.
500.00
Stand-pipe testing machine
150.00
Suctions, brass and rubber
500.00
Office furniture and equipments
100.00
Typewriter and desk
100.00
1 safe
100.00
1 watchman's clock
15.00
Total:
$44,675.00


SHOP EQUIPMENTS (YARD NO. 2)
 
EQUIPMENT
Loss Value
 
1 24-inch lathe (Hendy-Morton), 15-ft. bed
1,350.00
1 14-inch lathe (Hendy-Morton), 8-ft. bed
750.00
1 16-inch shaper
500.00
1 Universal milling machine
1 ,450.00
1 Universal grinder
350.00
1 drill press, 20-inch
250.00
2 emery wheels
120.00
1 electric motor, 25 H. P.
450.00
1 electric motor, 2 H. P.
100.00
1 blower and fan, with forge
195.00
80 feet (about) shafting, with belts, pulleys, etc.
300.00
1 milling machine, with tools and accessories, complete
350.00
Cutters and hobs, special
200.00
3 bench vises, files, taps, reamers, drills, etc.
200.00
Blacksmith's tools
50.00
1 six-ton hydraulic elevator
3,000.00
1 watchman's clock
15.00
2 oil tanks
400.00
Patterns of all kinds
800.00
Drill Tower exercising outfit, including Pompier Ladder, nets, ropes, etc.
400.00
500 feet hardwood stock, second growth pole plank
90.00
1500 feet hardwood stock, selected birch
160.00
Ladders, extension and drilling
150.00
Crotch pole stock and house boilers
118.00 
Total:
$11,748.00


FURNITURE IN ENGINE HOUSES
 
Items
Loss Value
19 single and double heating outfits
$11,650.00
248 beds
2,480.00
248 lockers
2,232.00
Total:
$16,362.00


FIRE COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE
 
ITEMS
Loss Value
Office furniture, desks, tables, filing cabinets, typewriters, carpets, books, stationery, etc..,
34,000.00


HYDRANTS
 
HYDRANTS
Repair Est.
500 double and single hydrants to be retopped, and the cost of replacing same, estimated.
$2.500.00


TOTAL ESTIMATED LOSS OF PROPERTY OTHER THAN BUILDINGS
$190,608.20


RECAPITULATION
Amounts
Total estimated value of buildings destroyed by the fire
$380,000.00

Total estimated damage to buildings by the earthquake

13,000.00
Total estimated value of apparatus destroyed by fire
29,600.00
Total estimated value of hose destroyed or lost
27,973.20
Total estimated value of apparatus damaged
2,950.00
Total estimated value of tools carried on apparatus
1,800.00
Total estimated value of Repair Shop equipments (Yard No. 1 )
44,675.00
Total estimated value of Repair Shop equipments (Yard No. 2)
11,748.00
Total estimated value of furniture in Engine Houses
16,362.00
Total estimated value of furniture in Fire Commissioners' Office
3,000.00
Total estimated value of hydrants destroyed and disabled
52,500.00


GRAND TOTAL LOSS
$583,608.20

Source: 1907 Municipal Report, pages 705-14

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