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Fires in Virginia.

Issue 11 and Volume 44.

Fires in Virginia. According to official reports, during 1907 the ratio of fire-losses in Virginia to insurance premiums was 47.1 per cent; the average premium received was $1,443 Per $100 of insurance. The total number reported from May 1, 1907, to April 30, 1908, was 1,285; value of property involved, $10,564,698; amount of loss, $2,020,993.89; amount of insurance, $6,080,568.90. The following is a description of the buildings in which fires took place: Brick or stone, 319; outdoor, 17; vacant, 60; occupied, 1,208; frame, 949. The causes of fire were as under: Unknown, 388; incendiary (internal), to; lightning, 18; burning chimneys, 14; carelessness (adults), 25; carelessness (workmen), 13; spontaneous combustion, 15; electricity, 35; explosions, 72; friction, 1; gasoline, 15; rats and mice, 16; stoves and pipes, 143; exposure, 5; incendiary, (external), 61; ashes, 9; burning trash, 11; carelessness (children), 12; carelessness (matches), 40; defective flues, 153; entertainments, etc., 11; fireworks, 10;…

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