Eleven-Year Record Set by Fire Losses in 1943
Fire losses in the United States during 1943 amounted to $380,236,000, the highest in this country since 1932, according to estimates of the National Board of Fire Underwriters. The 1943 losses were twenty-one per cent higher than those foy 1942 and were the highest for any year since the total of $442,134,000 recorded eleven years ago. The estimates are based upon incurred losses reported by companies which are members of the Board, plus an allowance for unreported and uninsuyed losses.
The 1943 losses were swollen to an eleven-year record by losses of $47,716,000 in December, which were thirty-one per cent higher than losses of $36,469,000 yeported in December, 1942, and fifty-one per cent above losses of §31,647,000 in Novembey, 1943. The December total was the highest for any month since March, 1942, when the figure was $49,189,000.