FIRE-LOSS IN FEBRUARY.
Except for the abnormal loss in February, 1904, caused by the Baltimore fire, the fire-loss in the preceding month would have exceeded that of the corresponding period in 1905 and 1906, as will be seen from the accompanying table:
For the first two months of the year, therefore, the average fire-loss per month has been $21,970,750—an average which, it continued during the year, will make this another unprofitable year for the insurance companies. The most destructive fires in February were as under: Chelton Hills (Wanamaker residence). $850,000; Alpena, Mich., cement works; Astoria, Queens borough, New York, automobile factory, $350.000; Niagara Falls, N. Y., bleaching powder factory, $340,011; Troy, N. Y., waste factory, $300,000; Harrisburg, Fa., eight business buildings, $250,01×1; Brooklyn, New York, macaroni factory and other, $250,01×1; Syracuse, N. Y., hotel and business block, $238,000; Pittsburg. Pa , office furniture factories, $210,000. During February there were 370 fires in which the loss was from $10,000, upwards. They are classified as follows: $10,000 to $20,000. 147: $20,000 to $30,000, seventy-one; $30,000 to $50,000, forty-five; $50,000 to $75,000. forty-eight ; $75,000 to $100,000, twenty-seven; $ioo,oco to $200,000, twenty-nine; $200,000 and over, twelve.