The May Fire Loss

The May Fire Loss

During the month of May the fire losses in the United States and Canada, as carefully compiled from records, totaled $24,968,800, as compared with May, 1916, an increase of $8,-995,300 over the month of May, 1916, when the figures were $15,973,500. The table following shows the losses for the first five months of 1917 and 1916 and for the balance of 1916:

In May, 1917, there were 261 fires, causing an estimated damage of $10,000 or more. The larger fires, causing a loss of $200,000 or over, included: Columbus, O., department store, $300,000; Pocatello, Idaho, garage and autos, $340,000; Toronto, Ont., munition factory, $350,000; Sioux Falls, S. D., warehouse, $1,-000,000; Macon, Mo., railroad station, etc., $550,000; Lexington, Ky., business houses, $600,000; Atlanta, Ga., conflagration, $5,000,-000; Fort William, Ont., stove works, $500,-000; Bowie, La., lumber yards, etc., $1,000,000; Greenwich, Conn., residence, $300,000.

The May Fire Loss

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The May Fire Loss

The losses by fire in the United States and Canada during May. as compiled by The New York Journal of Commerce, aggregated $15.507,800, as compared with $17,225,850 reported in May last year. The following table gives a comparison of the losses by months this year with those of the same months in 1913 and 1912:

There were during May, 241 fires, each of which caused an estimated property damage of $10,000 or over. While May, 1914, shows a reduction as compared with the aggregate for May. 1913, the total for the year so far exceeds the sum chargeable against the same period of 1913 by about ten million dollars.