ILLINOIS FIRE LOSS IN 1920 BREAKS ALL RECORDS

ILLINOIS FIRE LOSS IN 1920 BREAKS ALL RECORDS

Preliminary figures of State Fire Marshal John G. Gamber place the Illinois fire loss for 1920 at $19,831,188, Final figures will probably increase it to $20,000,000.

This is the largest annual loss in the history of the department and is attributed by Mr. Gamber to the moral hazard due to falling prices. This is indicated by an increasing number of large losses of mysterious origin.

The December loss was $2,410,443, caused by 1,193 fires. Fifty-six factory losses contributed $1,058,430 to this total. Twenty-one persons lost their lives and twenty-one were injured as a result of fires atid burns during the month.

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