JULY FIRE LOSSES IN ILLINOIS SHOWS INCREASE
Springfield, Ill.— The July fire loss just compiled by State Fire Marshal John G. Gamber shows a total loss in Illinois during that month of $2,184,002, the largest monthly loss of the year except that of March, when the $2,000,000 Armour Grain Elevator explosion occurred in Chicago. The increase in July loss was due to two fires, a $453,000 warehouse loss in Stickney, Cook County, and a $364,000 loss at the Rock Island arsenal.
Both of these losses were due to spontaneous combustion, which leads all other causes of fire for the month with a total of $953,190. Electricity caused the next largest loss, $163,201, and lightning was next with $156,010. By classes of buildings the largest losses were as follow s: Warehouses, $486,535; arsenals, $364,000; dwellings, $256,983; stores, $245,163; barns and stables $203,134.
Eight persons lost their lives and forty were injured during the month as a result of fire and burns.