Fire Losses During May

Issue 26 and Volume 67.

Fire Losses During May The month of May this year was signalized by a very heavy increase in the record of losses by fire, a difference being apparent over the same month in 1919 of fully fifty-four per cent. The figures for last month, 1920, were $25,440,300, as against $16,516,300 in May, 1919, and $20,545,900 in the same period of 1918. As compared with April of this year there is also an increase in last month’s record, the April losses being $22,108,750. The amounts for the five months of 1920 also show a discouraging increase in fire losses, comparing them with the previous two years. For 1918 the losses for that time were $119,132,035; for 1919, $110,541,225 and for this year, $138,791,000, a heavy increase over both years, especially last, the difference in the latter case being $28,249,775, a decidedly startling state of affairs. Of course the natural inflation of…

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