February Fire Losses in Illinois
Illinois fire losses in February reached the total of $2,517,900, an increase over the loss in January of $812,267, according to the monthly report of State Fire Marshal John G. Gamber. The largest loss from a single cause was $376,096, due to open lights. Other leading causes of fire were: stoves and furnaces, $251,288; sparks on roofs, $196,199; defective flues, $146,389; electricity, $134,066; matches— smoking, $73,162. The largest losses according to occupancy were; factories, $727,888; dwellings, $669,418; stores, $328,086; flour mills, $135,000; warehouses, $115,085. During the month five convictions were obtained as a result of investigations of suspicious fires. Deaths from fire were seventeen and injuries twenty-eight.