Heavy Fire Loss in Massachusetts
Carelessness and conflicting local Fire Prevention laws are given by Col. Alfred F. Foote, commissioner of public safety of Massachusetts as the cause of a great increase in fire losses in 1921 over 1920. According to an announcement by Col. Foote during the year 1921, the fire losses of the state increased $3,337,906 over the previous year, the largest increase in any one year since the losses have been tabulated. The losses last year amounted to $15,587,906 as against $12,250,000. The losses last year are greater than any previous year. Col. Foote stated that the large fire losses are due to carelessness and largely to the conflicting fire prevention laws in effect in the state. For the purpose of correcting the evils of conflicting laws Col. Foote has had introduced in the Massachusetts legislature a bill making uniform fire prevention laws for the entire state. It is expected many representatives from outside the Metropolitan district will urge the passage of the bill. At present the Metropolitan district has strict laws relating to fire prevention and many cities and towns outside the district have asked that the laws be extended. The fire chiefs’ club of the state is on record in favor of the law pending in the Legislature and is waging an active campaign to have the bill enacted into law.