THE following list includes fires of $25,000 loss and over in the United States and Canada, for the periods designated in the headings. These figures, compiled from telegraphic reports, are based on estimates made at the time, and are subject to later investigation and consequent revision. Taken as a whole, however, they give an approximately correct view of the losses incurred. The figures represent loss in thousands.

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Cold Wave Hampers Firemen at Rochester, N. Y., Blaze Coming at the time when the city was suffering the coldest day in the history of the weather bureau, the firemen of Rochester. N. Y., battled with a fire that damaged the Upton Cold Storage plant. The official thermometer was seven degrees below zero and the intense cold hampered the work of the men. The department worked for three days at the fire which caused a half million dollar damage Icicles several feet thick coated the storage plant.Office Building Destroyed in Mason City, Ia. Fire starting from an unknown cause in the Central Trust Building in Mason City, Ia., caused $200,000 damage. When the firemen arrived at 3 a. m. the fire was breaking through the roof by way of the elevator shaft. While the fire did not communicate to the nearby buildings, sparks blown from this fire stated eight other small fires that were soon extinguished without much damage.Fashionable Girls’ School Destroyed in Greenwich, Conn. Fire, believed to have been started from a defective wiring, destroyed the Ely Court School, an exclusive finishing school for girls. All of the one hundred students and members of the faculty had left for the vacation, so that outside of the owners and the caretakers, the place was untenanted. By the time that the volunteer fire department had arrived from Cos Cob, Sound Beach and South Porchcstcr, the entire brick building was a mass of flames. A Persian rug valued at $50,000 and many art relies were destroyed, including an autograph of General Lafayette. Water had to be pumped from a lake on a nearby estate. By the time that the streams were in action, the buildings were too far gone to be saved.

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