Leadership

More Fires But Less Damage in Massachusetts

Issue 1 and Volume 74.

More Fires But Less Damage in Massachusetts The report of Commissioner Foote of the department of public safety, of Boston, Mass., filed June 12 with the insurance commissioner, shows that for 1922 there were 8,119 fires in the state, causing a total loss of $14,745,779, while for 1921 there were 7,188 fires with a loss of $15,587,906. The report further showed that careless smoking, which was the cause of the largest number of fires, caused 1,362 fires, with a $2,526,953 loss, as compared with 1,173 fires with a loss of $1,978,864 in 1921. Matches caused 772 fires with a loss of $800 280. and children caused 484 fires with a loss of $223,473. During the year 4.532 inspections were made by the fire marshal’s office, and 48 arrests were made. There were 91 incendiary fires, causing a loss of $220,771, and 440 fires of unknown origin, which caused a loss…

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