The August Fire Loss

The August Fire Loss

During the month of August the fire losses in the United States and Canada, as carefully compiled from records, totaled $21,751,000, as compared with $10,745,000 in the corresponding month of 1916. The table folowing presents a comparison of losses by months for the first eight months of this year with the same period in 1916, together with losses for the balance of last year:

The larger fires in August, causing a loss of $200,000 or over, included: Gibson, Ind., freight transfer yards, $1,000,000; Henderson, Ky., grain elevator and contents, $225,000; New Brighton, Minn., rendering plant, $400,000; Des Moines, la., wholesale hardware store, $450,000; Drumright, Okla., oil tanks and contents, $750,000; Sumpter, Ore., business section, $750,000; Rigand, Que., munition plant, $2,000,000; Brooklyn, N. Y., piers and ships, $1,000,000; Drumright, Okla., 17 tanks of oil, $2,000,000; Boston, Mass., wool and leather warehouse, $300,000; Pittsburgh, Pa., packing plant and other, $400,000; Barren Island, N. Y., garbage reduction works, $1,000,000.

The August Fire Loss.

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The August Fire Loss.

Losses by fire in the United States and Canada during the month of August, 1916, as carefully compiled from records, aggregated $10,745,000. During the same month last year tile loss was $10,067,100, and during August, 1914, the losses amounted to $11,765,650. The following table gives a comparison of the fire losses for the first eight months of 1916 with those of 1915, together with the monthly losses for the balance of 1915:

There were two hundred and two fires during August, 1916, causing an estimated property damage of $10,000 or over. This compares with 169 fires of $10,000 or over in July, 150 in June and 215 in May. The larger fires during August included: Philadelphia, Pa., spice importers’ warehouse, $200,000; Amsterdam, N. Y., several business blocks, $200,000; Port Arthur, Tex., oil tanks, $300,000; Chicago, 111., lard refinery, $200,000; Vallejo, Cal., flour warehouse, $500,000; Green Bay, Wis., grain elevator, $345,000; Merrill, Wis., tannery, $500,000.