Fires in Texas

Fires in Texas

The State Fire Insurance Commission at Austin, Tex., has issued a bulletin stating that 53,000 fires occurring in Texas since December 10, 1910, have been reported to the state fire marshal. These have been classified as follows, as to causes and numbers: Fires in dwellings, apartment houses, boarding houses and private outhouses, preventable fires, flues, 3,711; exposures, 3,692; conflagrations, 256; stoves and heating, 2,333; kerosene lamps, 863; curtains, gas, 750; electric wiring, 921; ashes, candles, carelessness, 939; parlor matches, 841; gasolene and volatiles, 788; kerosene stoves, 533; fireworks, 82; burning grass and rubbish, 239; spontaneous combustion, 186; cigars and cigarettes, 320; electrical appliances, 280; total, 16,734. Unpreventable fires, sparks on roof, 1,182; incendiary, 535; lightning, 994; total 2,711. Unknown causes, 5,233. Totals 24,678. Mercantile, special hazards and other classes preventable fires, exposures, 7,319; conflagrations, 661; cigars and cigarettes, 785; stoves and heating, 609; flues, 590; electric wiring, 1,194; gasolene and volatiles, 819; kerosene, 171; fireworks, 116; spontaneous combustion, 493; parlor matches, 611; curtains, gas, 242; lights, miscellaneous, 488; burning grass and rubbish, 123; rubbish, 224; ashes and coals, 46; electrical appliances, 260; fuel oil, 22; kerosene stoves, 20; ashes, rubbish, carelessness, 74; Total, 14,872. Unpreventable fires, incendiary, 1,111; sparks on roof, 275; lightning, 533; machinery, 499; boilers, 84; slab pits, shaving vaults, 43; dry kilns, 22; cotton fires, 1,601; dust explosions, 7; cotton gin fires, 1,155; total, 5,330. Unknown causes, 8,120; total 28,322. The following classes contribute the greatest number of losses: Dwellings—owner; frame, 13,914; dwellings—tenant, frame, 8,798; dwellings—owner, brick, 403; dwellings—tenant, brick, 166; dwellings—owner or tenant, 88; total 23,369. Mercantile buildings, brick, 6,426; mercantile contents, brick, 9,210; mercantile buildings and contents, frame, 3,428; total 19,064. Special hazards and other classes, 10,567; Grand total, 53,000.

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