Fires In and About London
Home fire losses in April were, according to the London Times, fairly heavy. There were recorded 49 fires, in which the loss was $5,000 upward, and the total of these losses reached $11,700,000. This total was, however, exceeded by the March returns, and also by those of April in last year. But for one fire—that at the Dundee Calendering Works, on April 27, 1913— would have been an exceptionally light month. The fire in question added $270,000 to the figures representing the month’s fire losses. In only five other cases did the loss reach $50,000, these being the shipbuilding works fire at Sunderland, $50,000; engineering works at Dundalk, $60,000; silk plush factory near Banbury, $50,000; cotton mill at Failsworth, $65,000; and bleach works near Glossop, $50,000. Scotland was responsible for 10 serious fires, and $365,000 loss; Ireland for 7 fires and $185,000 loss; London for 10 fires and $147,500 loss; and the northern counties for 11 fires and $344,000 loss. Four of’ the 49 fires were attributed to the action of suffragettes.