School fires are dangerous, destructive, and expensive. According to “Fire in New Jersey,” a new report from the Department of Consumer Affairs (based on 2014 data), there were 386 incidents that year, accounting for $343,643 in total dollar loss. Property loss ran to $225,923, while content loss — which includes everything from staplers and furniture to computer equipment — came in at $117,720.
Essex County had the highest number of fires, 72 — followed by Hudson (59), Union (38 ), and Bergen (33). At the other end of the scale, Cape May County had just one fire, while Atlantic and Warren had two each.