British Fire Losses Also Have Doubled
It would seem according to recent advices that America is not the only country suffering from exaggerated fire losses. According to figures the aggregate loss by fire, in Great Britain during October, were more than double those of October of last year. The actual figures are for October, 1920, £1,155,000 and for the same period in 1919, £498,000. The same thing applies to the month of September, the loss for 1920 being £940,000 and those for 1919, £445,000. One reason that may be assigned for the heavy increase in October was the very disastrous fire in the Hop Exchange near London Bridge, which was illustrated on the cover of the November 24th issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING and which caused a loss of £600,000. While the figures for the past two months have been heavy as compared with those of the previous year, the total for ten months falls two million pounds behind the record of that for 1919, the figures being for 1920, £7,175,000, and for 1919, £9,199,550.