Fire Loss for the Month of April.
The fire loss for April is the least of any for three years, being $19,345,300, as against $21,925,900 in 1907 and $26,009,000 in 1908. The total fire loss for the first three months of 1909 amounted to $72,006,700, as against $80,426,200 in 1907 and $90,814,000 in 1908. During April there were 278 fires that caused a loss of $10,000 or over, one in a grain elevator in Chicago causing a loss of $1,000,000, and they various at Fort Worth, Tex., a loss of $800,000, there being ten fires, of which these were the worst, where the loss was from $266,000 and over. On the whole, although there were some heavy losses, the month of April was not unfavorable to the insurance companies. Yet, taken all round, the month brought an abnormal number of heavy losses. In Rochester, N. Y., alone there were four fires causing losses, according to the insurance companies, of from $32,000 to $464,000, besides numerous minor fires.