Issue 7 and Volume 22.

FIRE LOSS IN JULY JULY, like the preceding months of this year, shows a lighter fire loss than that of the same month in 1896. There were, indeed, some very destructive fires; but, taken all round, these were neither as destructive as others have been nor as many in number. Of fires where the loss amounted to not less than $10,000, there were 132, classified as under: Of these fires the most serious were : The insurance in the first four fires as given above was practically as full as the destruction was complete, and some of the buildings burned were thoroughly equipped with automatic sprinklers; while, as at the Yonkers, N. Y., hat factory fire, much of the loss might have been averted, had there been an organized paid fire department, instead of a crowd of volunteers, the majority of them inexperts, and all of them requiring to be…

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