North Carolina Fire Losses
According to Insurance Commissioner Stacev M. Wade of the state insurance department of North Carolina, the losses for December show a total of $1,118 892, against $1,026,000 in 1920. Up to December 24, according to Mr. Wade, the total losses were only $180,000. On that day the larger losses began at Wilson with $360,000 and continued to the end of the year with an average of $100 000. For the state at large, he declares, the record was excellent. Never before have so few fires or injuries been reported in connection with Christmas festivities, including New Year’s. This is shown by the figures of the fire loss, with only $261,607 exclusive of the nine big fires, with loss aggregating $857,285. These were at Kernersville, Roseboro, Charlotte. Wilson, Scott, High Point. Rockingham, Louisburg and Newbern. Commissioner Wade also gives the total for 1921 as $7,463,207. This is nearly 25 per cent, increase over 1920, when the losses for the state aggregated $6,032,000.