THE MAY FIRE-LOSS.
The fire-loss in the United States and Canada keeps up month by month and is abnormally heavy. During the month of May the amount reached the high figure of $16,286,300, although, with two exceptions, there were no fires at which the loss was exceptionally high. The following comparative table shows the damage done by fire, month by month, during the years 1905, 1906, 1907, and the total up to date in each year:
In May there were 349 fires, at which the less was $io.oco or more. These are classified as follows: $10,000 to $20,000, 151 ; $20,000 to $30.oco, 58; $30,000 to $50,000, 55; $50,000 to $75,000, 34; $75,000 to $IOO.OCO, 22: $100 000 to $200 000, 20; $200,000 and over, 9—total, 349. During the past month there were nine fir’s which ranked as destructive. They were as follows: Detroit, Mich., steamship in process of construction, $700,000; New York city, steamboat pier. $500,000: New York city, furniture store and oth -r, $370,000; Belleville, Out.,.distillery and grist mill, $250,000; Rochester, N. Y„ clothing store and other, $250,000; lake Michigan, passenger steamer, $250; Kansas City. Mo., business block, $250,000; Chicago, Ill., business block, $239,000; Kansas City, Mo., hat factory and other, $220,000.