Five people lost their lives in fires last year and 10 people were injured in fires in the South Davis Fire District - the highest number of deaths and injuries since 1981, according to a report issued Wednesday by Fire Chief Brent Argyle.
Dollar losses due to fires in the district, which includes North Salt Lake, Woods Cross, West Bountiful, Centerville and the unincorporated areas of Davis County south of Farmington, totaled $522,310 - the highest figure since 1981.Argyle said the district's two full-time and 62 part-time fire-fighters and emergency medical technicians answered a total of 1,282 calls during 1988.
These included 305 fires - 59 structure fires, 138 grass and rubbish fires, 47 vehicle fires and 61 other fires; 45 hazardous materials calls, 778 medical calls, 19 false alarms and 135 calls that included rescue, extrication, police assistance and other incidents.
Centerville had the highest property losses due to fire - $182,175. Other area losses include North Salt Lake, $119,905; Woods Cross, $111,285; West Bountiful, $46,245; and Davis County, $62,700.
The highest dollar loss to fire and smoke damage - $100,000 - was sustained by an LDS church building at 610 N. First East, Centerville, which caught fire Jan. 19, 1988.