Comparative Fire Losses

Comparative Fire Losses

The Committee on Statistics of the National Board of Fire Underwriters at the annual meeting of the board held in New York this week presented the following table of comparative fire losses of the United States and several foreign countries. The report, in part, says: “Through the co-operation of fire

chiefs, fire patrols and others, which it has been our privilege to have for years past and whioh is hereby acknowledged, we are enabled to present a compilation of data which embraces practically all sections of the world, and which is the only record of its kind in this country or abroad. In our last annual report, we were unusually successful in having the record for the year from every city of 20,000 population or over in the United States, and from an increased number of foreign cities. This year five cities in this country—Niagara Falls, N. Y.; Lancaster, Pa.; Rock Island, Ill.; Danville, Va., and Key West, Fla.,—have not yet filed their reports, although every possible effort, even to the extent of writing the Mayor and prominent insurance representatives, w’as made to secure even partial data. While the chief of the fire department in a large majority of our cities keeps most satisfactory records which are worthy of commendation, we have not heretofore been able to secure as complete a report of New York City as has been furnished this year by Chief Kenlon. The extensive area covered by the Greater City, the valuation of its buildings and the population with the number of fires and fire losses in the several boroughs is of such general interest that the full report as filed is appended as a separate table. The chiefs of the fire brigades in other lands than our own have very willingly and promptly furnished all records possible, and to them we are indebted for the foreign fire loss records we are able to present, embracing a large number of cities from a greater number of countries than in any previous year.”

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