Fire-Loss in April.

Fire-Loss in April.

The April of 1908 has been a very disastrous month not only for the fire insurance companie’s but, what is of much higher importance for the sufferers direct and indirect by fire. The losses have amounted to nearly $5,000,000 more than in April, 1907, and, if the San Francisco fire of 1906 is not considered, far above that of the corresponding month of that year. The following comparative table will show the losses for the first four months of the years 1906, 1907, 1908.

T’l 4 mos. $347,202,050 $86,427,100 $91,464,600 The April losses were swelled by 376 fires in which the losses reached or exceeded $10,000—a number greatly exceeding the average. Those in each class are as follows: $ro,ooo to $20,000, 169; $20,000 to $30,000, seventy-two; $30,000 to $50,000, fifty-one; $50,000 to $75,000, thirty-one; $75,000 to $100,000, sixteen; $100,000 to $200,000, twenty-eight; $200,000 and over, nine—total, 376. Chelsea conflagration, with its loss of $10,500,000 is, of course, responsible for swelling the amount to what it is. There were eight fires during the month in which the damage done was from $200.coo upwards. They were the following: Chelsea, Mass., conflagration of $10,500,000; London, Ont., glassworks and Joliet, Ill., department store, $300,000 each: Peoria, Ill., distillery, $290,000; New Orleans, La., woodenware factory and other, $250,000; Lynchburg, Va., tobacco factories and other, $225,000; Cleveland, Ohio, candle and grease-works, $203,000; St. Catharines, Ont., edge toolworks, $200,000.

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FIRE LOSS IN APRIL.

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FIRE LOSS IN APRIL.

With the loss at San Francisco set down as at least $225,000,000. it is no wonder that the grand total of loss during last April amounted to $237,501,150. Even without the San Francisco figures, the $12,501,160 was above that of the corresponding month in 1904. The losses for the first four months of this year and for the corresponding months in 1904, 1905 are given in the following table:

The number of fires in April in which the loss was from $10,000 .upwards was large—298, as follows: $10,000 to $20,000. 131 ; $20,000 to $30,000. fifty-three; $30,000 to $50,000, forty-two; $50,000 to $75,000. thirty-two; $75,000 to $100,000, fifteen; $100,000 to $200,000. eighteen; $200,000 and over, seven—total, 298. The fires at which the value of property destroyed was from $200,000 upwards were seven in number, as follows: San Francisco, Cal., general conflagration, $225,000.000: Utica. X. Y., spring mattress factory. $350,000; Oil City, Pa., electric power plant, $350,000; Evansville, Inti., bottle works, $260,000; Rhinelander. Wis., sawmill and lumber, $230,000; Elizabeth, X’. J., oil refinery, $200,000: Belleplain, Kan., various, $200,000.