FIRE LOSSES OF WEEK

FIRE LOSSES OF WEEK

From reports covering the United States and Canada, the estimated losses by fire, during the week ended July 24, 1920, aggregated $3,913,450, as compared with $3,494,850 for the corresponding week in 1919. 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 are 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.

WINNIPEG, MAN.—Part of McRae block burned ………… 35

NEWPORT, VT.—Bobbin mill operated by J. A. Aubin and Oscar J. Prouix, destroyed. Cause unknown ………………. 15

GLENS FALLS, N. Y.—Gasoline becoming ignited caused destruction of building occupied by O. R. Mitchell as Stearns-Knight service station . . . ………………………….. 10

CHARLESTON, S. C.—Box factory, planing mill and bungalow department of Tuxbury Lumber Company totally destroyed (Outside of city limits) …………………………… 200

OMAHA. NEB.—Northwestern Railroad’s icehouse burned …. 50

MONTREAL, QUE.—Joseph Clement’s showcase factory …… 20

OBERLIN, KAN.—Spark from locomotive started fire which destroyed 3.000 acres of grain ………………………. 35

OAKVILLE, IOWA—D. F. Strawbaker’s elevator ………… 10

VANCOUVER, B. C.,—Thirty automobiles and garage damaged 75 TAFT, CAL.—Fire starting in rear of Ryan Building soon spread to adjoining property. Several business establishments destroyed ………………………………………… 150

FRESNO, CAL.—Building occupied by Brooks Furniture Company, and F. G. Palumbo, jeweler, wrecked by fire ……. 165

FRESNO, CAL.—Hill hay barn ………………………… 10

LAKE PLACID—Guests of Lake Placid Inn had thrilling escapes during fire that caused destruction of hotel …………. 75

AKRON, OHIO—Roth building, occupied by Nicholas Landos’ restaurant and Roth Sag Hotel damaged …………….. 25

PERU, IND.—Lightning caused burning of consolidated school building …………………………………………. 30

DALLAS, ORE. Engine house and main sawmill of Willamette Valley Lumber Company destroyed ………………….. 200

Picture Shows Set of Rethreading Tools Used by Moorhead, Minn., Department.Chief Remley in Act of Rethreading First Coupling

MATTOON, ILL.—Lightning struck and set fire to Hawthorne school building …………………………………… 75

NORTHFIELD, MINN.—Sparks from pumping engine, igniting gasoline caused disastrous blaze in plant of Bartles Oil Company. Five gasoline tanks and one kerosene tank lost 23

ODELL, IND.—Marion Duncan’s barn burned. Caused, lightning 10

BALTIMORE, MD.—Lightning struck and set fire to two large tanks containing thousands of barrels of crude and light oil at the plant of the United States Asphalt Refining Company, at Wagner’s Point, south of this city ……… 700

BOSTON, MASS.—Main buildings of James S. Bent. Cause unknown …………………………………………. .50

TRENTON, N. J.—Cook Linoleum Company’s cork shed partially destroyed by fire of undetermined origin …………… 50

JERSEY CITY, N. J.—Fireworks caused disastrous conflagration on Mercer and Montgomery streets……………… 75

WEST HARTFORD, CONN.—A. C. Sternberg’s hay barn near PENN YANN, N. Y.—Ice house and garage of Keuka Hotel 10

Foote’s crossing burned. Cause, lightning ……………. 10

WEST HARTFORD, CONN.—A. G. Sternberg’s hay barn near Foote’s crossing burned. Cause, lightning …………… 10

ANNISTON. ALA.—Garage and storage building containing forty-five automobiles wrecked. Cause unknown ……… 75

ROCKTON, ILL.—Monarch Cabinet Company’s plant burned to ground ………………………………………….. 50

DUBUQUE, IOWA—Spontaneous combustion caused blaze which seriously damaged stationery store of C. E. Fitzpatrick Company ………………………………………… 10

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.—Art Hall and roof of concrete stand at Comstock Park danaged …………………………. 40

VANCOUVER, B. C.—Continental Motor Company’s garage gutted ………………………………………….. 25

PRICE, UTAH—Fire of unascertained cause destroyed local warehouse of Consolidated Wagon & Machine Company …. 30

CALIPATRIA, CAL.—Hotel Calipatria ………………….. 10

GLENS FALLS, N. Y.—Arcadia Camp, located on Lake George, damaged ………………………………………… 30

PHILADELPHIA, PA.—Five-story building occupied by Fritz & Larue, Inc., rug and carpet dealers, destroyed ……….. 400

BEAVER FALLS, PA.—Plant of Murphy Foundry Company burned ………………………………………….. 50

MILWAUKEE. WIS.—Explosion of acetylene tank in machine shop of Milwaukee railroad resulted in destruction of repair shop ……………………………………………. 250

HUNTSVILLE, ALA.—Spring City Milling Company’s flour mill destroyed. Cause, short circuit …………………….. 115

ELMIRA, N. Y.—Through an error in the telegraphic report received by Fire and Water Engineering the destruction of seven business houses by fire was credited to Elmira, N. Y. This fire did not occur in Elmira, but at Watkins, N. Y., which is situated about twenty-six miles from that city.

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