FIRE LOSSES IN JUNE.
With a fire loss of nearly ten million dollars over that of June, 1917, the fire prevention record is not an encouraging one. The fact that this increased amount of loss is largely due to extensive fires in works connected with or engaged in work for the Government is not calculated to decrease this discouragement. If these fires are of accidental origin, then it would seem that there is still a lack of proper appreciation of the fundamental principles of fire prevention in these quarters, and if caused by the acts of incendiaries, then there is room for a greater display of vigilance. The figures for June are $24,890,600. as compared with $15,513,270 for the corresponding month of 1917, and $12,247,500 in June, 1916. For the first six months of 1918 the losses by months were as follows: January, $37,575,100; February, $20,688,155; March, $20,213,980; April, $20,108,900; May, $20,545,900; and June, $24,890,600, making a total of $144,022,635. This compares with the same period of the previous two years as follows: 1917, $143,621,725; 1916. $125,776,420. Thus it will be seen that the half year total of 1918 is considerably ahead of that of last year and even more so of 1916. The fires during the month of June that exceeded in property loss the sum of $10,000 were according to the amount of losses as follows: those of $200,000 and over numbered 23; $100,000 to $200,000, 24; $75,000 to $100,000, 22; $50,000 to $75,000, 21; $30,000 to $50,000, 31; $20,000 to $30,000, 43, and $10,000 to $20,000, 76. There were 248 fires of this character in May, 201 in April and 266in March, while for the entire period of six months of this year there were 1,736 fires with a loss of $10,000 and over. Of the more extensive fires, there was one involving a loss of $3,000,000; one of $2,250,000; two of over a million dollars loss, one of $500,000; two of $400,000, and three involving the sum of $300,000. Among the heaviest losers are several tanneries and grain elevators, and munition works have not by any means escaped the general tendency toward fire loss in the class of buildings engaged in Government manufacture and supplies.