Springfield, Illinois—The Illinois fire loss for April was $957,954, according to State Fire Marshal John G. Gamber. This is the first time since December, 1919, that the monthly loss has been under one million dollars. Losses for the preceding months of this year were: January, $1,781,942; February, $1,736,632; March, $3,426,289. The March loss was swelled by the $2,000,000 Armour grain elevator explosion in Chicago.

Carelessness as a cause of fires is strikingly shown in the April report. Matches and smoking caused 142 fires and a loss of $125,930, the largest loss due to one cause. One fire in every six and 13 per cent of the month’s loss were the result of careless use of matches and smoking materials.

The brief return of winter during April cost the state $162,897 in fires due to defective flues, sparks on roofs and overheated or defective stoves and heating equipment.

One conviction for arson was secured.

Six persons lost their lives and 10 were injured as a result of fire or burns.

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