Heavy Fire Loss During 1893.

Issue 26 and Volume 1893 14.

Heavy Fire Loss During 1893. Beyond doubt the year 1893 will show a fire loss representing more money than was ever lost before in twelve months with the exception of the year of the Chicago fire. The grand total will reach $160,000,000, and The Age of Steel wisely remarks that it is evident that either hazards are increasing by unjustifiable carelessness or by a lapse in public morals. It is a fact not in favor of normal causes for such numerous fires that the percentage keeps ratio with the conditions of trade. It may also be said that in the erection of houses and public buildings the minimizing of fire hazards is supposed to be a general practice with builders, which if so, as there really seems no grave cause to doubt, makes the rapid increase of fires the more mysterious. The range of causes outside those of criminal intent…

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