Spontaneous Combustion as a Cause of Fires

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1917-07-01
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Lamb, Alvin
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The reports of the state fire marshal of Iowa for the years 1912- 1916 show that spontaneous combustion, or the overheating of a substance from causes within itself, is a very prominent cause of fires in the state. In the five years of the reports, spontaneous combustion has regularly ranked 5th or 6th among the various known causes of fires and the total number of fires traced to It annually hr.cs ranged from 83 to 153. In the amount of loss, it has ranked from 2nd to 6th among the known causes, Its total running as high as $468,599 in a single year.

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