MARCH FIRES TOTAL $28,581,000
The losses by fire in the United States and Canada during the month of March, as compiled from the daily records of The Journal of Commerce, reached a total of $28,581,100, as compared with $27,597,700 in March last year. The fire losses of the country have been running exceptionally heavy for several months past and the losses for the first quarter of this year already reach $89,789,000. The losses of the past month were fairly well distributed throughout all the States, but the Pacific Coast States again appeared quite prominently. The largest loss of the month, that of the Northwestern Elevator at Chicago, involving property to the value of $2,500,000, was due to dust explosion supposed to have resulted from a small fire.
There were during March this year some 273 fires, each of which resulted in a property damage of $10,000 or over.