Fire-Loss in October.

Fire-Loss in October.

As will be seen from the accompanying comparative table, the October fire-loss was even more strikingly startling than that of the preceding month, and heavier by over $8,000,000 than the loss in the corresponding month in 1906 and 1907. The following table gives the figures for three years and includes those of every month up to October:

To. 10 mo.$424,46o,20o $180,757,200 $208,758,750 including San Francisco conflagration. During last October there was a larger number than usual of fires at which the loss was $10,000 and upwards—394 in all, classified as under: $10,000 to $20,000, 147; $20,000 to $30,000, 65; $30,000 to $50,000, 63; $50,000 to $75,000, 53; $75,000 to $100,000, 20; $100,000 to $200,000, 28; $200,000 and over, 18—total, 394. The number of fires during the month, at which the loss was $200,000 and upwards, was eighteen—-the extraordinarily prolonged dry spell being undoubtedly responsible for many as well as for the extent of the individual losses. The list (which as in that of September, does not include the forest fires and their attendant losses), is as follows: Denver, Colo., grain elevator. $600,000; Bizbee, Ariz., various, $570,000; Rock Island, Ill., sash and door works and lumber-yard, $550,000; Tarentum, Pa., glass-works, Blaine, Wash., lumber plant, St. Johns, N. F., business block, wharf and two vessels, $500,000 each; Richford, Vt., grain elevator and freight cars, Mullins, S. C., tobacco warehouse, $400,000 each; Buiffalo, N. Y., fur and hat store and others, Toledo, Ohio, wholesale grocery warehouse, $300,000 each; Newark, N. J., trunk factory and other, $270,000; Stetler, Alberta, various, Belton, Tex., cotton compress, $250,000 each; Newburgh, N. Y., river steamer, Amarillo. Tex., railway roundhouse and shops, Lincoln, Neb., military academy buildings, Beaumont, Tex., railway roundhouse and machine shop, $200,000 each.

The South Eastern Pennsylvania Volunteer Firemen’s association, at its recent South Bethlehem convention, elected the following officers for the ensuing year: Chief A. J. Wolfe, South Bethlehem, president; vicepresidents, B. H. Smith, Sellersville; W. H. Stahlnecker, Fountain Hill, Thomas E. Duhig, South Bethlehem, J. Paul MacElree, West Chester, Robert Austin, Phoenixville, Charles Barth, Rockledge, William Weir, Delaware, William Wertz, of Lebanon; John Shoemaker, Chester, secretary (re-elected); Philip McMunigal, Chester, treasurer (re-elected).

FIRE-LOSS IN OCTOBER.

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FIRE-LOSS IN OCTOBER.

Dust-Catcher at Zurich. Refuse-Destructor Electric Generating Plant.

While the fire-loss of the United States and Canada was slightly less during the October just passed than that of the same month in 1906, it was still considerably above that of 1905, as will be seen by the following table covering the losses of that and the next two years: It may be noticed that, except for the abnormal losses at San Francisco in 1906, the average for the month of October in that year and for the total for ten months in that year would have been considerably less than in 1907, possibly less than that of 1905. During last October, while the most destructive fire of eight that were the most noticeable caused a loss of $500,000, the next in order being $350,000, the number at which the damage amounted to $10,000 and upwards was large—256 in all, as follows: $10,000 to $20,000, ninety-three; $20,000 to $30,000, forty-five: $30,000 to $50,000, forty-two; $50,000 to $75,000 twenty-eight: $75,000 to $100,000, eighteen; $100,(xxi to $2ooo, twenty-two; $2 and over, eight total. 256. The eight fires that caused most loss wenthe following: Chicago, 111., shoe tactory and other, $500,000; Wavcross, Ga., car works, $350,000; Philadelphia, Pa., iron works, $300,000; New York city, street railway car barns, $225,000; San Jose, Cal., department store, $200,000; Kalama, Wash,, sawmill and lumber, $200.000: Chicago, III., box factory and other, $200,000; Evansville, Ind., department store, $200,000.

Chief Walter Lips, of Los Angeles, Cal., reports twenty alarms were responded to during October, the estimated loss being $4,400. The pay roll for the month amounted to $22,912.45.