Total Fire Loss in Country Shows Decrease for 1925
Figures Show Reduction from That of 1923 and 1924— Fire Losses by Months—Noteworthy Large Fires of Year
IT is gratifying to the leaders in the fire prevention movement and to the chiefs who have worked so diligently to keep the fire losses down, to learn that the total fire losses for 1925 for the United States and Canada, according to the records of FIRE ENGINEERING, show a most pronounced decrease. These records only take into account those fires which had a loss of $10,000 or over. The total loss for 1925 was $309,281,850; this may be compared with the $362,298,177 for 1923 and $377,161,135 for 1924.
Year’s Fire Losses By Months
The losses by months for the years 1923 to 1925 are as follows:
Classification of the Number of Fires
There were 4,102 fires during 1925 whose loss amounted to $10,000 or over. This can be subdivided into the following classifications: $10,000 to $20,000, 1,973; $20,000 to $30,000, 661 ; $30,000 to $40,000, 337; $40,000 to $50,000, 365; $50,000 to $75,000, 393; $75,000 to $100,000, 348; $100,000 to $200,000. 317; $200,000 to $300,000, 127; $300,000 to $400,000. 37; $400,000 to $500,000, 41; $500,000 to $600,000, 14; $600,000 to $700,000, 2; $700,000 to $800,000. 6; $800,000 to $900,000, 2; $1,000,000 and over, including one $3,000,000, one $4,000,000 and one $5,000,000 fire, 15.
The fires may be again classified according to months: January, 473; February, 348; March, 393; April, 566; May, 400; June, 382; July, 500; August, 265; September, 370; October, 297; November, 326, and December, 382.
Million Dollar Fires During Year
The following fires of $1,000,000 size or over are of noteworthy importance and stand out as the important fires of the year:
In February there occurred a large fire and explosion in the National Evans Film Laboratory at Fort Lee, N. J. The Luce Furniture Company fire at Grand Rapids, Mich., and the fire which occurred at the Kansas City Motor Show at Kansas City, Mo., are outstanding fires of the month.
During March, seven ships were destroyed at Beamont, Tex.; a fire at the Breakers, Palm Beach, Fla., spread to the Palm Beach Hotel and destroyed a number of nearby cottages and shops.
The Igloe Brothers’ nail manufacturing plant at Newark, N. J., was the large fire in April.
In May, the lumber mills of J. Arnold were destroyed at Groveland, Fla.; twenty-three stores, factory buildings, and residences were destroyed at St. Joseph D’Alma, Quebec, Canada.
In June, a lumber yard and a manufacturing plant was destroyed at Hammond, Ind.
July, the celebrated month for fires resulting from the careless use of fireworks, will be remembered for the large fire caused by an explosion of fireworks in a warehouse at McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.
An entire block was destroyed in Tia Juana, Cal., in September.
In November, seven blocks of wharves along the Mississippi River at New Orleans, La., were destroyed with the resulting damage of $3,000,000. The “Lenape” of the Clyde Line was burned to the water’s edge at a point near Delaware Bay, while the boat was on its way to Florida. A fire occurred in Seattle, Wash., which damaged the plants of the Wiliys-Overland factory, and that of the Firestone Tire Co., and destroyed seventyone carloads of automobile tires.
A fire in. a creosoted pier at New Orleans, La., during December, resulted in a $4,000,000 loss. A large fire in which several buildings were destroyed occurred at Lake Charles, La.
Interesting Studies in the Figures
Several interesting studies can be made of tbe figures as presented. The largest number of fires occurred during April, and the January loss of $34,027,550 was the largest in the amount of property value destroyed. July, with its inherent fireworks fire danger, was on par with the month of March and was greater than the loss which took place in December, even though that month has the great danger of the Yuletide celebration with its candles, tinsel and all.
The fires during the month of December whose losses equalled or exceeded $10,000, totaled 382. These may be classified as follows: $10,000 to $20,000, 161; $20,000 to $30,000. 52; $30,000 to $40,000, 23; $40,000 to $50,000, 35; $50,000 to $75,000, 25; $75,000 to $100,000, 33; $100,000 to $200,000, 11; $300,000 to $400,000, 6; $400,000 to $500,000, 1; $700,000 to $800,000, 2; $800,000 to $900,000, 1; $1,000,000 and over, 3.
In looking forward to 1926, the fire chiefs will have the more elevated standard of 1925 with which to compare the monthly and annual loss of the new year.
Clermont, Fla., to Have New Quarters—The fire department of Clermont, Fla., will have new quarters in the city hall which is now being constructed.
January Issue of “Fire Alarm”—The January issue of “Fire Alarm,” the organ of the Motion Pictures Producers and Distributors of America, is fully up to the standard of previous numbers. There are several important features in connection with fire protection in the motion picture industry, and hints toward the elimination of waste and danger from fire in theselines.