Issue 23 and Volume 39.

FIRE LOSS IN MAY. “The fire loss in May is the largest for that month in three years as will be seen from the accompanying table. It brings this total amount for the first five months of the year up to $353,714,900, which, of course, has been swelled to that enormous figure by the San Francisco disaster. The losses for the first five months of 1906 were as follows: Total 5 mos. $161,891,750 $81,358,100 $353,714,900 There were 285 fires during May, the loss at each which was from $10,000 upwards, as follows: $10,000 to $20,000, 108; 20,000 to $30,000, sixtythree; $30,000 to $50,000. forty-two; $50,000 to $75,000, twenty-seven; $75,000 to $100,000, seven; $100,000 to $200,000, twenty-five; $200,000 and over, thirteen—total. 285. The most destructive fires during May were as follows: Barren Island. New York City fertiliser works, $1,000,000; Chicago, grain elevator, $650,000; Fairbanks, Alaska, many business and other buildings, $600,000;…

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