Efforts to Keep Warm Cause Most Illinois Fires

Issue 8 and Volume 77.

Efforts to Keep Warm Cause Most Illinois Fires Illinois started the year 1925 with a fire loss of $2,784,097 for January, according to State Fire Marshal John G. Gamber. In January, 1924, the loss was $4,462,332. Efforts to keep warm contributed heavily toward last month’s loss, as the causes responsible for largest losses were: Sparks on roofs, $247,139; stoves and furnaces, $240,894; defective or overheated flues, $216,099. Stores were hardest hit with $800,896, hut dwellings were close behind with $752,117. Apartment houses contributed $162,306 to the toll. “If people would make sure that their heating equipment is in safe condition, and would not overheat it, there would be no occasion for these tremendous winter losses,” said Mr. Gamber. “Ordinary care with these and other common fire hazards would cut our fire losses tremendously.” Jeffersonville, Ind., Gets New Ladder Truck—A new $9,000 Scagrave ladder truck was been delivered to the fire…

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