Fire-Loss in May.

Fire-Loss in May.

The fire-loss for last May shows a decrease of $1,105,150 and $1,331,700 over the corresponding month in 1907 and 1906 respectively, as will be seen from the accompanying comparative table, which also shows that the total fire-loss for the first five months of the present year was $3,942,400 above the corresponding period in 1907 and $257,069,150 below that of 1906—the year of the San Francisco conflagration.

Total 5 mos..$863,714,900 $102,713,400 $106,645,750 During the May just past there were 255 fires at which the loss was from $10,000 up to $200,000 and over. These are classified as follows: $10,000 to $20,000, 92; $20,000 to $30,000, 47; $30,000 to $50,000, 49; $50,000 to $75,000, 32; $75,coo to $100,000, 2; $100,000 to $200,000, 19: $200,000 and over, 14—Total. 255. During the last month the following eight fires, at which the loss was over $200,000, took place: Atlanta, Ga., two blocks of business houses. $1,250,000: Omaha, Neb., meat packinghouse. $500,000; Chicago, box factory and other, $400,000: New Orleans, La . book store and other. $366,000; Sault Ste. Marie. Ont , paper mill and power plant, $350,000: Memphis, Tenn.. warehouse and grain elevator, $325.000; Bernardsville, N. J., summer hotel, and Oskaloosn, la., distillery warehouse, $300,000 each.

FIRE LOSS IN MAY.

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FIRE LOSS IN MAY.

“The fire loss in May is the largest for that month in three years as will be seen from the accompanying table. It brings this total amount for the first five months of the year up to $353,714,900, which, of course, has been swelled to that enormous figure by the San Francisco disaster. The losses for the first five months of 1906 were as follows:

Total 5 mos. $161,891,750 $81,358,100 $353,714,900 There were 285 fires during May, the loss at each which was from $10,000 upwards, as follows: $10,000 to $20,000, 108; 20,000 to $30,000, sixtythree; $30,000 to $50,000. forty-two; $50,000 to $75,000, twenty-seven; $75,000 to $100,000, seven; $100,000 to $200,000, twenty-five; $200,000 and over, thirteen—total. 285. The most destructive fires during May were as follows: Barren Island. New York City fertiliser works, $1,000,000; Chicago, grain elevator, $650,000; Fairbanks, Alaska, many business and other buildings, $600,000; Gulfport. Miss., naval stores plant, $400,000: New Brighton (S. T.), borough of Richmond, cotton warehouse. $350,000; Knoxville, Tenn., candy factory and other, $335,000: Ogden. Utah, implement warehouse, etc., $289,000; Manhattan, New York, business block. $250,000; Evansville, Tnd., lumberyard, flour mill and other, $225,000; Charlotte. N. C., cotton waste plant, $200,000.

Worcester, Mass., is starting a drill school for the fire department