Heavy March Fire Loss.
The fire losses of the United States and Canada for the month of March, as compiled from the carefully kept records of The Journal of Commerce, show a startling increase over the customary sum chargeable to March, the total being $31,569,800, as against $18,465,550 for the same month in 1910 and $13,795,400 for March, 1909. During March there were no less than 354 fires where the loss in each instance reached or exceeded $10,000. March was disastrous from a fire underwriting standpoint and has unquestionably weakened some of the smaller companies. Barring September, 1910, in which there were several forest fires, March, 1911, exhibits the highest loss in one month ever shown except where some general conflagration occurred.