Leadership

Death Toll Unchanged in ’73 But Fire Losses Rise Slightly

Issue 3 and Volume 127.

Death Toll Unchanged in ’73 But Fire Losses Rise Slightly Fire killed approximately 11,900 people in the United States during 1973, according to preliminary estimates by the National Fire Protection Association. The same number of fatalities were report in the previous year. Deaths in dwelling fires during 1973 were estimated at 6600, remaining the same for the third year in a row. Property destroyed by fire during 1973 totaled $3.1 billion, an increase of $150 million over 1972, according to the NFPA’s preliminary estimate. Damage to buildings and contents represents $2.6 billion of this total. Fires involving aircraft, ships, motor vehicles and similar equipment, as well as forests, cost about $500 million. The worst loss-of-life fire disaster was a gas tank explosion February 10 in Arthur Kill, N.Y., where 40 workmen were killed. On June 24, 32 persons died and 14 were injured in a second-floor New Orleans tavern in…

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