The July Fire Loss

The July Fire Loss

The fire losses in the United States and Canada for the month of July, 1917, as carefully compiled from records, totaled $24,564,575, as compared with $23,013,800 in the month of July last year. The table following presents a comparison of the losses by months so far this year with the same period last year together with the losses for the balance of last year:

Total for year. $231,442,995 . July of this year had 211 fires, each of which caused a propertv damage estimated at $10,000 or more. The larger fires in July, causing a loss of $200,000 or over, included: Rochester, N. Y., elevator and warehouse, $700,000; Drumright, Okla., oil tanks and dwellings, $500,000; Alameda, Cal., factory, $300,000; Fast St. Louis, Ill., dwellings, $500,000; Chicago, Ill., moving picture studios, $500,000; Paris, Tex., cotton compress, $400,000; Harrison, Ida., business section, $500,000; Seneca Falls, N. Y., mills. $500,000.

The July Fire Loss

The July Fire Loss

Losses by fire in the United States and Canada during the month of July, 1916, as carefully compiled from records, including the Black Tom pier explosion and fire, aggregated $23,013,800. During the same month last year the loss was $9,006,800 and during July, 1914, the loss amounted to $17,539,800. The following table gives a comparison of the fire losses for the first seven months of 1916 with those of 1915, together with the monthly losses for the balance of those years:

During July this year there were 169 fires, each causing an estimated property damage of $10,000 or over. This compares with 150 such fires in June and 215 in May. The larger fires during July included: Austin, Tex., center of business district, $250,000; Pittsburgh, Pa., theatrical storehouse and other, $200,000; Denver, Cal., standing timber, $250,000; Ashcroft. B. C., hotel. Government building, stores, etc., $200,000; McNary, La., lumber plant, $200,000; Whiting, Ind.. four sections of oil plant, $250,000; New York City, storage warehouse, $1,000,000; Jersey City, N. J., railroad terminal, warehouse and steamers, $11,000,000. The Black Tom Island disaster is responsible for about half of the loss last month, and it gives July, 1916. the worst fire record which any July has been charged with for many years.