Falling Off in July’s Fire Losses
The fire losses of July show a very substantial falling off compared with those of June, being some eight million dollars less than those of the preceding month. The total losses for July were $24,509,065 as against $32,399,525 for June, $29,953,800 for May, $37,954,157 for April, $33,593,909 for March, $38,855,650 for February, and $26,593,909 for January.
On the other hand there were more fires equalling or exceeding $10,000 in July than there were in June, the figures being 357 in July, sixteen more than in June. Comparatively few heavy valued fires accounts for the falling off in the total damage as against the increase in the number of fires. The number of fires during the preceding months are to be enumerated as follows: 341 in June. 421 in May, 497 in April, 456 in March, 474 in February, and 439 in January.
The fires occurring in July with losses which equalled or exceeded $10,000 are as follows: $200,000 and over, 18; $100,000 to $200,000, 30; $75,000 to $100,000, 23; $50,000 to $75,000, 33; $40,000 to $50,000, 37; $30,000 to $40,000, 17; $20,000 to $30,000, 43; $10,000 to $20,000, 157.
Of the fires equalling or exceeding $200,000 and less than $300,000 there were seven; $300,000, 1; $400,000, 5; $500,000. 1; $600,000, 1. Of the fires equalling or exceeding $1,000,000 there were three, which were as follows: the towns of Mace and Burke, Idaho, with a loss of $1,350,000; well No. 1 of the Mitchell-Hones-Cranfill Company of Beaumont, Texas, with a loss of $1,000,000, and the large distillery warehouse at Corbyville, Ont., loss $1,000,000.
The actual significance of the falling off it is hard to estimate without further knowledge as to what may follow in the succeeding months. The fact that while the losses decrease the number of fires increase rather shows that the good result is more apparent than real. However, it is to be hoped that the falling off in losses means a real improvement along the lines of Fire Prevention.