February Fire Losses Low

February Fire Losses Low

According to figures made public by the National Board of Fire Underwriters, fire losses in the United States for February totalled $36,661,481, an amount which is $3,153,141 or 7.94 per cent less than the fire losses for February, 1932. In January of this year the losses were $35,547,565 while for January 1932 the total was $39,224,783.

C. W. Pierce, Vice-President of the Continental Insurance Company calls attention to the fact that while the use of motorized fire apparatus and department efficiency have increased, fires have been spreading from point of origin to neighboring structures, and from one floor to another, causing destruction of about $30,000,000 worth of property. New York State is the chief sufferer from this class of fires. Its losses reached $3,850,000; losses of that nature in Pennsylvania, about $2,000,000; California, $1,787,000; Virginia, $1,700,000; Massachusetts, $1,600,000; Illinois, $1,500,000; Ohio, $1,355,000, and New Jersey, $1,197,000.

In dwelling house districts, much of the communicated fire destruction is due to inflammable roofs, according to Mr. Pierce, while in congested business areas, “exposure” fires, as a rule, enter through unprotected windows, doors and other openings.

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