Government Fire Losses Down
Government fire losses in the last fiscal year dropped to the lowest total in eight years, with about $8.5 million in fire losses, according to the Federal Fire Council.
This is a decrease of 20 1/2 per cent from the previous year’s loss. The report states there were 545 fires in 1951 in which loss to the Government was $500 of more, and accounted for 89 per cent of the Government’s total fire damage. Fourteen of these fires had loss of $100,000 or more each.
It is recorded that 29 fire deaths occurred on Federal property last year, 20 fewer than were reported in the fiscal year 1950. Although recorded fire losses and casualties in Government business are improving, the Council cited statistics showing that 488 persons lost their lives in more than 47,000 fires during the last eight years, while monetary loss totaled nearly $187 million.