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Excerpt from First Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce: Division of Fire Prevention, July 1, 1917 to June 30, 1918
Since July 1, 1917, this branch of the work has been in charge of a supervisor of fire investigations, and it is the duty of the supervisor and of the men assigned to him to make investigation of the cause, origin and circumstances of every fire occurring in each city, village, town or township by which property has been destroyed or damaged, and especially to make investigation as to whether or not such fire was the result of carelessness or design. Should it be established, as a. Result of such investigation, that there is sufficient evidence to charge any person with the crime of arson, or with the attempt to commit the crime of arson, or of conspiracy to defraud, or criminal conduct in connection with any fire, the person so charged is arrested and charged with such offense, and all information in connection therewith is turned over to the state's attorney of the proper county for prosecution according to law. Full and complete power is given to the Fire Marshal and to his assistants to subpoena and examine witnesses in connection with such investiga tions.
The work of this branch of the division has been especially stressed during the past year. In 1912 it is said that half of the fire losses in the city of Chicago were due to incendiarism. The annual tribute paid to the fire bug by the honestly insured was estimated to be in the United States and Canada. In 1917, in the United States alone, it amounted to nearly In contemplating these figures, it must be remembered that, in the last analysis, it is those who pay the premiums, and not the insurance companies, who pay these losses.
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