Leadership

Fire Loss in Nebraska

Issue 5 and Volume 57.

Fire Loss in Nebraska The 1914 report of State Fire Commissioner W. S. Ridgell, of Nebraska, shows that the loss during the year was $1,873,071. This is complete as to cities and village but only partial as to farm losses. There were 1,325 fires in cities and towns, causing a loss of $1,796,904.50. The farm losses so far as reported were $76,170.75. The value of property involved was $5,949,801, and of their contents, $4,654,087. The insurance on buildings was $735,288, and on contents $2,488,217. Losses on buildings reached the total of $757,292, and on contents, $1,115,783. The four largest fires reported for the year were: Beatrice, $144,500; Grand Island, $134,924; Fremont, $129,422; Wymore, $86,290. The causes of fires were principally as follows: Bonfires, 10; defective or unguarded flues, 90; hot ashes in boxes and barrels, 23; matches, candles, etc., in clothes closets, 11; cigars, cigarettes and matches carelessly thrown down,…

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