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.