FIRE LOSSES OF THE WEEK
From reports covering the United States and Canada, the estimated loss by fire during the week ending Dec. 24, 1921, aggregated $3,258,800, as compared with $5,449,850 for the corresponding week in 1920. The total is derived by adding to the amount in the list given, which includes only those of $10,000 loss and over, a sum equal to fifteen per cent, of that amount, statistics showing that the smaller fires average about that proportion of the larger.
The figures published in this list, compiled from telegraphic reports of fires occurring during the past week, are based on estimates made at the time, which are necessarily hurried, and arc subject to later investigation and consequent correction. Taken as a whole, however, they give an approximately correct view of the losses incurred. The figures represent loss in thousands.
Chief Van Pelt of the fire department of Keyport, N. J., after a fire which destroyed a large plant and damaged another severely brought up the matter of a proper alarm system at the meeting of the mayor and council of the city, stating that it was not fair to the firemen nor the property holders to be without one. He claimed that had an immediate alarm been given undoubtedly the greater portion of the building destroyed could have been saved. Following the chiefs address the mayor and council voted to invite representatives of fire alarm systems to be present at the next meeting so that the question of an adequate fire alarm could be looked into and an appropriation made in the next budget.