November Fire Losses Show Increase
The fire losses in the United States and Canada for the month of November, according to figures on file in the office of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING have
shown an upward trend but not of sufficient importance to cause any great alarm as they hover around the year’s apparent average. Several large fires helped to make the total larger—there were three fires of $1,000,-000 size or larger. The losses by months are as follows:
During November there were 326 fires whose losses equalled or exceeded $10,000 fires. In January there were 473 fires; 348 fires in February; 348 fires in March; 566 fires in April; 400 fires in May; 382 fires ii> June; 500 fires in July; 265 fires in August; 370 fires in September, and 297 fires in October.
The fires equalling or exceeding $10,000 which occurred during the month of October may be classified as follows : $10,000 to $20,000, 135 ; $20,000 to $30,000, 50; $30,000 to $40,000, 30; $50,000 to $75,000, 27; $75,000 to $100,000, 15; $100,000 to $200,000. 20; $200,000 to $300,000, 9; $400,000 to $500,000, 1 ; $500,000 to $600,000, 1; $800,000 to $900,000. 1; $1,000,000. 1; $1,500,000, 1; $3,000,000, 1.
After the exceptionally promising figures of the October fire losses, the total of the losses for the month of November is somewhat discouraging. There is no reason why the followers of fire prevention work can not hope for a reduction this year in the annual fire losses. It remains for December to show as to whether or not there is ground for hurrahing over the reduction of the annual fire waste.