“LOSS IN JACKSONVILLE FIRE.
THE great fire which swept through Jacksonville, Fla.,on the 3d burned the residence, new Arctic ice factory and office of Mr. W. S. Ware, and also destroyed the 10-ton ice making plant of Mr. Guy R. Pride, operated as the Hygienic Ice Works. Serious complaints are made about the insurance adjustments on these fire losses, the 75 per cent co-insurance clause being inserted in all Jacksonville policies. Besides, it is asserted, the insurance companies deduct as salvage machinery that is practically worthless, so that this, together with the 75 per cent co-insurance, so reduces the amount received under the policy that the rate paid, figured on this basis, is almost prohibitive. This experience will, no doubt, serve as stimulus to the insurance committee, of the Southern Ice Exchange, of which committee Mr. Chas. H. Behre, of Atlanta, Ga., has been appointed as chairman, to perfect plans for the proposed Ice Manufacturers’ Insurance Co., plans for which are to be presented at the next convention of the Southern Ice Exchange. The Jacksonville people will not suffer for lack of ice on account of the fire, as the Crystal Ice Co. are just starting in operation their new 15-ton plate machine; there is also left the Jacksonville Refrigerator Ice Works, with forty tons capacity; the Commercial Ice and Produce Co., thirty tons capacity, and People’s Ice Co., twenty tons daily capacity. Mr. Ware, of the Arctic Ice Co., and the Refrigerator Works, besides the loss of his new plant, writes that he mourns the loss of a complete fire of Ice And Re-Frigeration, which cannot be restored, as several of the back numbers have long been exhausted.”
Ice and Refrigeration, Vol. 20, by Southern Ice Exchange, 1901, page 275