Fire Loss in Indiana for June
The fire marshal’s office for the State of Indiana has issued its report, showing the total loss in Indiana during the month of June, 1913, was $532,581, there having been 689 fires reported. In this report the fire marshal states that most of the fires were of the type looked upon as preventable, which include fires caused by careless handling of matches, sparks, arson and lightning. While lightning and sparks may not be preventable, the fire marshal declares that buildings may be so constructed and protected as to keep lightning and sparks from causing fires. The number of fires caused by lightning during the month was 69 and the loss $67,000. Forty-six of the buildings were without protection of rods, and it is not known whether the other 23 buildings were thus equipped or not. Much of the $99,048 loss caused by the sparks could have been avoided if the buildings had been equipped with properly constructed roofs. The fires due to matches numbered 35, with a total loss of $7,292, while there were eight fires of incendiary origin with a loss of only $3,030. The complete returns of Fourth of July fires have not been received, but to date 26 such fires have been reported, showdng a loss of $9,391, but all of this may not be charged to fireworks.