Large January Fire Loss in Arkansas
The state of Arkansas suffered a $535,500 fire loss for the month of January this year. This large loss is partly attributed to the cold spell insofar as fifty-nine of the total number of 107 fires occured in dwellings with the corresponding loss of $112,600. The dwelling fires were mostly caused by over-heated stoves or stove pipes and defective flues. Other causes are escaping gas, thawing frozen pipes with big fire, defective electric wiring, smoking in garage, explosion gasoline cleaning plant, incendiarism, gasoline cleaning machine, igniting from spark from motor; child playing with matches, heating device improperly installed, sparks on shingle roof, vestments banging too near gas heater in church.