Fire Losses Still Piling Up
November’s fire losses show an increase over October’s and also over the record of 1922, there being nearly a million dollars more loss in November than in October of this year and an increase of nearly $6,000,000 over 1922, for the same period. The record for the eleven months of 1923 and 1922 is as follows:
The number of fires during the month of November whose losses equalled or exceeded $10,000 amounted to 453, there being 467 in October, 335 in September, 365 in August, 357 in July, 341 in June, 421 in May, 497 in April, 450 in March, 474 in February and 439 in January, making a total of 4,599 for the year.
The fires occurring in November with losses which equalled or exceeded $10,000 show a slight falling off from those of October of 14 less than such fires. The fires of this nature reported for the month are as follows: $200,000 and over, 15; $100,000 to $200,000, 28; $75,000 to $100,000, 32; $50,000 to $75,000, 30; $40,000 to $50,000, 33; $30,000 to $40,000, 29; $20,000 to $30,000, 51; $10,000 to $20,000, 235.
Of the fires equalling or exceeding $200,000 and less than $300,000 there were 2; $300,000, 5; $400,000, 4. There were four fires whose losses equalled or exceeded one million dollars. One of these was in Enochs Lumber Manufacturing Company’s plant, Morris ice plant and a number of small buildings in Jackson, Miss., the second was in the shops of the Central Railroad of Georgia; the third in the Hermitage grain elevator in Nashville, Tenn., and the fourth in the plant of Jackson Cordage Company of Reading, Pa., all of these fires having had losses of one million dollars.
With only one month to be heard from the indications point to 1923 as a record-breaking year as far as fire losses are concerned. The history of this year therefore will not be a very encouraging one from the standpoint of the fire preventionist. However. this, rather than disheartening those that work toward this end, should act as a stimulus to greater exertions during the coming year looking toward the reduction of the disgraceful fire loss record of the country.