Fire Lose for 1908.
The fire losses for the United States and Canada during the calendar year 1908, aggregate the enormous sum of $238,562,250—figures never before equaled, except in two instances, 1904 and 1906, the years of the Baltimore and San Francisco conflagrations. Aside from the Chelsea conflagration in April, which destroyed property valued at $10,500,000, there were no sweeping fires of any magnitude. The losses throughout the year in all parts of the country have been steady, if smaller. A great deal of the heavy loss credited to the late months of the summer is attributable to the dry season and the spread of forest fires. The following comparative table shows the monthly and yearly totals of loss during 1906, 1907 and 1908:
* Including San Francisco conflagration.
During 1908 there were 4,068 fires, at which the loss amounted to or exceeded $1,000, classified as follows: Ten thousand dollars to $20.(XX). 1,644: $20,(XX) to $30.(XX), 754; $30,000 to $50,000, 587; $S0,(XX) to $75.000;, 407; $75.(XX) to $100,(XH), 192: $100,(XX) to 2(XI,000, 339: $200,(XX) and over, 145. In 1907 there were 4,173 such fires; in 1906, 3,439; in 1905 , 3,363; in 1906), 3,1 (X); in 1903. 2,680: in 1902, 2,400; in 1901, 2,522. In 1908 there were thirty-three large tires that caused an estimated property loss of $500,000, the worst being that of Chelsea, Mass., the loss by which was $10,500,000. In order the following: Fernie, B. C., conflagration, $3,470,(XX); New York city’, 12-story business block, $2,430,000; Three, Rivers, Qne., conflagration. $2,000,000; Chisholm, Minn., entire town, $1,7(X),(XX); Boston, Mass., railway piers and elevators. $1,500,000; New Orleans, Da., three business blocks, $1,400,(XX); Atlanta, C>a., two business blocks, $1,250,000: Chicago, III., wall-paper store and other, $1,120,000; Kcnora, Out., flour mill and elevator, $1,000,(XX): Chicago, 111., grain elevator and other, $890,000;; Portland. Me., wholesale drygoods store and other, $800,000; Shelby, Ohio, tube works, $780,000; Duluth, Minn., grain elevator, $761,(XX): Indianapolis, Ind., storage warehouse, $730,(XX); Tampa, Fla., cigar factories and dwellings, $680.(KX); Trenton, N. J., wirerope works, $640,000; Midway, Ky.. whisky warehouse, $680,000; New York city, street railway car barn. $606,000: Denver. Colo., grain elevator, $600,000; Portland. Me., rail way docks and steamship, $580,OCX); Risbce, Ari/„ various. $570,000: Rock Island. Ill., sash and door works and lumberyard, and Toronto, Out., storage-warehouse, $550,(XX) each: Pembroke. Out., business section, Blaine, Wash., lumber plant, Tarentum. Pa., gear works, Concord, N. CD, cotton mill, Lansing, III:, Portcheater, X. Y.. various, Omaha, Neb., meat packing plant, Portland. Me., city hall building, $5,(XX) each.