Minnesota’s Fire Loss
The bulletin published monthly by the office of the Minnesota Fire Marshal, George H. Nettleton, in its February number states that the fire loss in January amounted to $726,069, distributed as follows; St. Paul, $117,700; Minneapolis, $196,906; Duluth, $20,040; outside the three cities, $391,423. The total number of fires was 283. These figures show an increase over those of the preceding year, when there were 256 fires, causing a fire loss of $634,509.
At the recent conference in New York of the Fire Marshals’ Association of North America and the actuarial bureau of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, Charles H. Lum, chief of the bureau, asserted that the greatest single producing causes of fires are electricity and misuse of electrical appliances.’ In California, for instance, there is a custom of warming beds by rubbing lighted electric light bulbs over the sheets which leads to many fires. Neglected or overheated electric irons are also a common cause of fires, he said.