North Carolina’s Fire Record

North Carolina’s Fire Record

For the first six months of 1913 a total of 1,602 fires occurred in North Carolina, according to reports in the State insurance department. The causes or origin of 600 of these was given as unknown. Lightning caused 165, defective flues, 74; stove pipes, 37; exposure, 63; carelessness of adults, 10; of children, 4; carelessness with matches, 9; explosions, 16; sparks, 125; rats and mice, 29; external incendiaries, 9; internal incendiaries, 4; gasoline, 7; kerosene, 5; electricity. 9; gas, 6. For the year 1912 the total number of fires reported to the insurance commissioner was 3,025. Defective flues in that year caused 324 fires; carelessness of adults, 27; of children, 17; lightning, 104; internal incendiaries, 19; electricit”, 25; gas. 7; kerosene. 6; sparks, 284; spontaneous combustion, 20; rats and mice, 24. The other fires were caused by friction, explosion and other origins.

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