FIRE LOSSES OF WEEK

FIRE LOSSES OF WEEK

From reports covering the United States and Canada, the estimate of losses by fire, during the week ended Dec. 25, 1920, aggregated $5,449,850, as compared with $7,115,050 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.

VENICE, CALIF.—Amusement Pier heavily damaged ……..1000

BELIN VILLAGE, PA.—Fire followed explosion in pressing and packing mill of DuPont Powder Company, causing heavy damages, death of two men and injury to two ……… 10

MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Building and stock of Frank Dretzka & Son’s department store ……………………………. 30

CHURUBUSCO, IND.—Incubator and office building at Elmer Gandy’s poultry farm burned ……………………… 12

WINNIPEG, MAN.—Two hotels destroyed and two business buildings damaged ……………………………….. 35

GLOBE, MASS.—Block of stores and flats damaged. Cause, overheated stove …………………………………. 15

WASHINGTON, N. C.—Half of Pamlico Chemical Company’s buildings and stock destroyed ………………………. 200

ST. PAUL. MINN.—Six-story office building gutted ……….. 150

LYONS, N. Y.—Lyons High School totally destroyed …….. 200

DAYTON, CALIF.—C. L. Needham’s general store ………… 20

PARVIN, TEXAS—Fire of undetermined origin destroyed Thomas Hill’s barn …………….*………………… 12

MILANO, TEXAS—General merchandise stock owned by J. B. Newton & Sons burned ………………………….. 30

PHILADELPHIA, PA.—Two-story dormitory of the Lutheran Orphans’ Home and Asylum destroyed ………………. 100

TUXEDO PARK, N. Y.—Home of Pierre L. Barbey completely destroyed ………………………………………. 500

ST. STEPHEN, N. B.—H. Acker & Sons’ warehouse, filled with hides, skins and wool, and residence burned ………….. 60

MONCTON, N. B.—Plant of Daily Times damaged. Cause unknown …………………………………………. 20

HOUSTON, TEXAS—Price-Booker Manufacturing Company sustained heavy damages from fire ……………………. 175

HARTFORD, CONN.—Jewell Court apartment house heavily damaged ………………………………………. 80

MOUNT JEWETT, PA.—Safety Sled Company’s plant gutted.. 38 CHESTER, PA.—Fire, believed to have been of incendiary origin, destroyed the three-story building of the Chester Steam Laundry ……………………………………….. 150

NEW YORK CITY—Four-story brick building damaged. Origin undetermined ……………………………………. 10

AYDEN, N. C.—Midway Garage ……………………….. 40

KYLE, TEXAS—John E. Parke’s home, south of town …….. 10

GRAND BLANC, MICH.—Explosion of oil stove in domestic . science room resulted in burning of consolidated school.. 25

PITTSBURGH, PA.—Charles Mag’s trunk store damaged ….. 30

LATROBE, PA.—Blairsville Intersection public school destroyed 10 CHARLESTON, MISS.—McMullen Furniture & Hardware Company’s building and adjoining property destroyed ……… 100

ROCKAWAY BEACH, N. Y.—Empire Hotel and several frame buildings ………………………………………. 100

CLARKSVILLE, TEXAS—Number of buildings on east side of public square burned ……………………………… 50

PRINCETON, TEXAS—Four brick business buildings, including thirteen automobiles, destroyed …………………. 44

ATHENS, GA.—Sample rooms and offices in warehouse of Barrett & Company badly damaged by fire originating from overheated stove …………………………………. 10

ETOWAH, TENN.—Machine shops of Louisville & Nashville Railroad totally destroyed. All machinery lost ……….. 200

WYOMA, MASS.—Plant of United States Upper Leather Tanning Company burned to ground ……………………. 100

NEW ORLEANS, LA.—Fire damaged plant of Indian Refining Company ……………………………………. 100

LEHIGH GAP, PA.—Fire of unknown origin destroyed Prince Metallic Paint Company’s plant …………………….. 20

BLACKWOOD, N. J.—Samuel Garrigues’ barn and garage …. 12

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.—Home of James A. Love damaged … 10

BARTOW, FLA.—Sawmill, planing mill, dry kiln and 1,000,000 ft. of pine lumber owned by E. T. Roux & Son destroyed Three loaded freight cars and several negro houses also burned …………………………………………. 200

NEW ORLEANS, LA.—Theodore P. Mumme’s furniture store and dwelling destroyed ……………………………. 30

WEST DALLAS, TEXAS—Horse and mule exchange of Cotton & Chambers burned. Eighteen mules burned to death …. 25

McICINNEY, TEXAS—Richard Bass’ home ………………. 13

CALK, TEXAS—Goodwin Brothers’ cotton gin destroyed …… 25

MUSKEGON, MICH.—Fire damaged Brunswick, Balke, Collender Company’s plant ……………………………… 10

LYNN, MASS.—-Incendiarism is suspected in the burning of building occupied by Fisher Leather Company and Samuel Garfinkle …………………………………….. 10

ST. LOUIS, MO.—Explosion in one of the chemical mixing plants caused fire which resulted in destruction of three buildings of Monsanto Chemical Company …………… 50

MABANK, TEXAS—Fire, started by spontaneous combustion, destroyed Mabank Potato Cluing Company’s plant …….. 40

FAYETTE CITY, PA.—Barn and two residences fired by the firebug who has been operating in Fayette and Westmoreland counties for past two months ………………… 60

RACINE, WIS.—Flour mill …………………………… 40

YONKERS, N. Y.—Jacob L. Spitzer’s garage and fifty automobiles damaged …………………………………. 75

ROTHSVILLE, PA.—Alvin Weidler’s barn burned ……….. 25

READING, PA.—Patent fuel manufacturing plant of John A. Moore and Charles Weiser destroyed and J. A. Strunk’s coal yard damaged ………………………………. 12

TIPTON, IND.—Fire starting in pool room swept entire business block ………………………………………. 100

HUGHES, ARK.—Crossed circuit was the cause of the burning of Tucker & Firar’s cotton gin, two automobiles, two bales of cotton and several carloads of cotton seed………….. 30

RAYMOND. S. D.—Two grain elevators …………………. 150

FLAT TOP MINES, ALA.—Hospital belonging to state prison camp destroyed ………………………………….. 23

LONG BEACH, CALIF.-Plants of Golden State Tuna Packing Company, Halfhill Tuna Packing Company and Los Angeles Tuna Packing Company wrecked by fire of unascertained cause ………………………………………….. 200

WADLEY, GA.—City hall and three two-story frame business houses totally destroyed …………………………… 40

WAYCROSS, GA.—Residence of D. W. Anderson …………. 10

TALLULAH FALLS, GA.—Town swept by fire …………… 75

FIRE LOSSES OF WEEK

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FIRE LOSSES OF WEEK

From reports covering the United States and Canada, the estimate of losses by fire, during the week ended Dec. 18, 1920, aggregated $8,413,400, as compared with $3,772,000 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.

KANSAS CITY, MO.—New Nelson Building damaged …….. 29

DETROIT, MICH.—Apartment house ………………….. 14

WEATHERFORD, TEXAS—Charles Woodridge’s barn, ten miles southwest of town, destroyed ………………… 20

KANSAS CITY, MO.—Building occupied by Kansas City Light & Fixture Company damaged by fire of unknown origin …. 10

FAIRCHANCE, PA.—Plant of the Fairchance Lumber Company destroyed. Incendiarism suspected ………………… 50

TROY, N. Y.—Eastern Storage Company’s plant completely destroyed …………………………………………. 250

ST. LOUIS, MO.—Fire of unknown origin caused destruction of plant of C. Heinz Stove Company ………………….. 150

QUEBEC, CAN.—Historic College of Ste. Anne de la Pocatiere, situated about 70 miles from here, was destroyed ……… 500 PORTLAND, ORE.—Building owned by the Foster & Kleiser Co. gutted. Investigation being held as to origin of fire. . 210

BATTLEBORO, N. C.—Battleboro Oil Company’s seed and hull house burned ……………………………………. 35

GREENSBORO, N. C.—Portion of Bennett College badly damaged ……………………………………………. 40

OWOSSO. MICH.—Harrar block swept by fire…………….. 100

WASHINGTON, D. C.—Psychopathic wards of Walter Reed Military Hospital, just outside of city limits, burned …. 25

PALMER, MASS.—Barns of the Springfield Street Railway destroyed ………………………………………….. 150

SHEBOYGAN, WIS.—Sheboygan Cold Storage Company’s plant destroyed ……………………………………….. 190

ORANGEBURG, S. C.—Fire, believed to be of incendiary origin, caused complete destruction of warehouse of the Farmers’ Marketing Association ……………………………. 100

BLUE MOUNTAIN, CONN.—Summer home of Lewis A. Lehmaier, Jr., burned ………………………………… 50

BEAUMONT, TEXAS—Tony Toris’ grocery store and adjoining buildings ……………………………………. 45

PECKVILLE, PA.—Raymond colliery and washery of the Scranton Coal Company destroyed by fire which started in engine room …………………………………… 250

WASHBURN. WIS.—Pool room and several small stores …. 50

HARRISBURG, PA.—Warehouse of American Rag, Metal & Junk Company burned to ground …………………. 100

READING, PA.—Liberty Bag & Metal Company’s warehouse wrecked by fire ………………………………….. 40

WILMINGTON, DEL.—Overheated oil stove In ripening room caused a blaze in Third Street Market House ………… 45

QUEBEC, QUE.—Louis Deschenes’ shoe store and adjoining buildings damaged ……………………………….. 50

NEW CARLISLE. N. S.—Fire of unascertained cause, caused destruction of John Kelly’s home …………………… 50

BLUE GROVE. TEXAS—Nutter & Wiley’s cotton gin burned. Origin undetermined …………………………….. 20

PORTLAND. ORE.—Burning of Joseph R. Gerber’s home was caused by overheated furnace …………………….. 10

LIMOILON, QUE.—Canada Box & Lumber Company’s mill destroyed …………………………………………. 50

ORILLIA, ONT.—Plant of Electro Foundries, Ltd., wrecked by fire …………………………………………. 30

CLEVELAND, O.—Four-story building on West 6th Street practically destroyed …………………………….. 400

RANGER. TEXAS—Weiss Brothers’ dry goods store damaged 30

ABILENE. TEXAS—The Woody gin burned …………….. 20

ATLANTA. GA.—Brick building occupied by the J. S. Fields Company badly damaged ………………………….. 100

VALDOSTA, GA.—Country residence of T. B. Converse, two miles from this place ……………………………. 15

ATLANTA, GA.—One-story brick and frame garage and storage building completely destroyed …………………….. 50

CHEPACHET. R. I.—W. A. Read’s barn and wool storehouse 20

LONG BRANCH, N. J.—House formerly owned by Arthur Hearn destroyed by fire believed to be of incendiary origin 100

SIOUX FALLS, S. DAK.—Barn owned by F. W. Schultz and Joseph Seubert ……………….. 10

LISBON. N. J.—Wing of hospital at State Colony for FeebleMinded destroyed. One woman burned to death; two others injured …………………………………………. 15

GREENWOOD S. C.—In the burning of a cotton mill’s warehouse 350 bales of cotton were lost. Cause unknown …. 20

VIENNA. GA.—Howell-McCormick garage and eighteen automobiles burned ………………………………….. 25

MURCHISON. TEXAS—Nine business buildings destroyed …. 75

CADDO. TEXAS—Fire caused destruction of two hotels and three business buildings …………………………… 50

PARRYVILLE, PA.—Several residences ………………… 10

SYKESVILLE, MD.—Fire starting in grain elevator wrecked Sykesville Milling Company and damaged several other buildings ……………………………………….. 160

FIELDS POINT, R. T.—Coal barge Irwin, tied at dock of Providence Gas Company’s plant, damaged. Origin undetermined ……………………………………… 30

SLEEPY EYE, MINN.—Pietrus flour mill destroyed by fire of unascertained cause. Investigation being held ……….. 25

BROOKLYN, N. Y.—Top floor of three-story building damaged 25

NEW YORK CITY—Building occupied by Bell Blank Book Company damaged ……………………………….. 10

MOUNT PLEASANT, UTAH—Wasatch Mercantile Company’s store sustained heavy loss by fire ………………….. 30-

BAYTOWN. TEXAS—Wharf of Humble Oil & Refining Company destroyed ………………………………….. 200

ALTA LOMA, TEXAS—Defective flue caused blaze in home of J. Singer …………………………………….. 10

PORTAGE CENTER, MICH.—Schuuring Brothers’ celery packing house and barn destroyed …………………….. 15

HALEYVILLE, ALA.—Building occupied by Burdick & Freeman Produce Company ………………………………… 10

CHICAGO, ILL.—Overheated furnace caused a fire which resulted in heavy damages to building occupied by Ruphrecht & Company ………………………………… 80

NEW HAMPTON, N. H.—Home of Major George Osgood destroyed. Cause, overheated chimney ………………… 45

NEW YORK CITY—Three-story brick building badly damaged 75

NEW ORLEANS, LA.—The Jahncke Dry Docks, near the Industrial Canal, destroyed and four steamers damaged. Cause, breaking of electric wire, which fell into the Mississippi River, creating a short circuit ……………………..2000

WORCESTER, MASS. — St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church totally destroyed ………………………………… 100

PENNIMAN, Va.—Colonial home on York River burned …… 10

MONTREAL. QUE.—Building occupied by Lewis S. Jaslow, Inc., damaged ……………………………………. 10

VAUDREUIL, QUE.—Edouard Labelle’s summer home …….. 10-

LA GRANGE, N. C.—Norfolk Southern Railroad’s station and garage destroyed ………………………………… 35

HICKORY, N. C.—Catawaba Creamery Company’s packing and refrigerator rooms burned …………………………. 30

COLLEGE CORNERS, OHIO—Fire destroyed eight business buildings ……………………………………….. 150

CYGNET, OHIO—Block containing livery stable, restaurant and pool room swept by fire ………………………. 50

KEY WEST, FLA.—Cigar factories of M. Perez & Co. and Mauel Pino Cigar Company, destroyed and Jefferson Hotel and Pan-American College damaged …………………… 75

QUINAPOXET, MASS.—Spontaneous combustion caused burning of Arthur E. Farnum’s cement brick plant ……….. 26

BARRE PLAINS, MASS.—Hotel Brunswick …………….. 20

KISSIMMEE. FLA.—Mixing, pressing and finishing departments of Trucker Tex-Brick plant destroyed. Cause unknown …………………………………………. 20

GLEN ROCK, PA.—Enterprise Furniture Company’s plant …. 20

WOODSTOCK, QUE.—Top floor of Sentinel-Review building damaged ……………………………………….. 15

SAN JOSE. CALIF.—Fire of undetermined origin caused heavy damages to F. W. Gross fr Son’s dry goods store, M. Marcus’ fur store, Security Savings Bank and Metropolitan 60-cent store …………………………………………… 350

GREEN BAY, WIS.—Plant of Green Bay Drive Calk Company destroyed by fire which started by spark from trip hammer 45