THE YEAR JUST CLOSED
The smallest fire loss in the history of the State Fire Marshal’s Department is the enviable record for the year just closed. In keeping with the reduction in property loss is the number of fires reported.
For the year 1919 the total property loss by fire in Minnesota, as reported to the fire marshal’s department and verified by personal inspection, was only $3,891,544, as against $5,658,535, which, exclusive of a loss of $12,728,423, by reason of the forest fires in northern Minnesota, is the actual loss from preventative causes the year previous. The grand total for 1918 was $17,386,958, the major portion of which, as explained, was invested in the forest fires of that year.