Pennsylvania Railroad Fires

Pennsylvania Railroad Fires

Figures compiled by the insurance department of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, shows that $656,483 damage was done to the company’s property by fire during 1914. There were 851 fires. The greatest loss for a single fire was $335,540.03. This was caused by a watchman carrying a broken lamp into an elevator. Ignition of fuel, oil, gas and gasoline were among the least frequent causes of fire, the total being only 10 instances with a combined loss of $2,865.17. Other causes which numbered ten or more follow: Sparks from locomotives, 405, $84,003.93; ignited from adjoining burning property, 43. $18,080.88; hot ashes from engine, 29, $1,505.30; hot lading (ashes), 14, $1,470.39 ; incendiary, 12, $11,145.11; overheated stove, 20, $5,736.42; overheated stovepipe, 10, $19,621.73; spontaneous combustion, 19. $2,730.74; tramps, 18, $1,641.98; wrecks, 15, $14,072.53.

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