Big Fire Losses in 1910.
The committee on origin of fires reported to the National Board of Underwriters at its 45th annual meeting last week, that the fire losses for 1910 exceeded those for 1909 by $25,000,000, and that there was a large increase in the number of fires in which the loss exceeded $500,000. The excessive fire loss was more generally distrihuted throughout the country than had heretofore been the case, according to the committee. Comparing the lire situation in this country with that of the countries of Europe, the committee said: The following tabie is a striking comparison of the care, forethought, supervision and sense of responsibility of the people of Europe with the lack of the same by the people of the United States, resulting in the enormous and, to a very large extent, preventable destruction by lire of hundreds of millions of dollars of our country’s wealth and resources annually:
In the discussion of fire prevention following the report of the committee on origin of lires, George W. Hoyt, chairman of the committee on fire prevention, recommended that a movement for a national building code he started at once. Charles G. Smith, chairman of the committee on building construction, said that he believed the foundation was being laid by the National Fire Underwriters for a far-reaching influence on general building methods in America.