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 THIRTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT
THE FIEE MARSHAL
FOR the province of
BEITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICS, 1934
PRINTED BY
AUTHORITY  OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY.
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1935.  To His Honour J. W. Fobdham Johnson,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honouk :
The undersigned has the honour  to present the Thirteenth Annual Report of  the  Fire
Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1934.
GORDON McG. SLOAN,
Attorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 1935. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Page.
Report of Fire Marshal  5, 6
Table I.—Inspections made and Orders issued  7, 8
Table II.—Fires reported  9,10
Table III.—Causes of Fires  11,12
Table IV.—Classification of Property  12-20
Table V.—Summary     21
Table VI.—Loss of Life     22 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL.
Office of Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1935.
The Honourable Gordon McG. Sloan, K.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—Pursuant to section 31 of the " Fire Marshal Act," I have the honour to submit my
Thirteenth Annual Report for the year ended December 31st, 1934, together with statistics
showing the number of fires, causes, and amounts of loss.
You will note that we have had a slight increase in our lire losses for the year, $136,248
over 1933. This is not unexpected in view of the economic conditions with which we are faced.
A large number of our local assistant fire marshals have been laid off, others have been put on
part time, and, in some cases, given other duties which take a great portion of their time. In
spite of this, however, the great majority of these men have been doing excellent-work and we
are pleased to note that the fire losses have been kept down as low as they have.
Educational Work.—Owing to financial conditions no grants have been made for educational
work during the year. Where such work has been carried on it has been done by the local
assistant fire marshals with the help, in some cases, of the city and municipal authorities. An
exception to this was the work that was carried on during Fire Prevention Week by the Insurance, Financial, and Real Estate Bureau of the Vancouver Board of Trade. Literature was
printed and paid for by the Board and the British Columbia Insurance Underwriters' Association. Fire-prevention addresses were given over the different radio stations without charge,
due to the courtesy of the managements. Through the kindness of Mr. H. N. MacCorkindale,
Superintendent of Vancouver Schools, permission was granted to a number of citizens to
address the school-children in the different schools of the city.
Fire Investigations.—Despite the shortage of funds, this work has been given careful attention during the year. Fifty suspicious fires were investigated. Six informations were laid
under the " Fire Marshal Act" and four convictions obtained. Six persons were charged with
arson and five convicted. Seven inquiries were held under section 12 of the Act. Nine appeals
from orders issued by local assistant fire marshals were received and passed on by the Fire
Marshal.
Theatres and Film Exchanges.—Ninety-nine theatres were licensed during the year and
197 projectionist licences issued from this office. One hundred and seventy-six theatre inspections were made, thirty-six inspections of film exchanges, and 1,530,000 feet of film removed
from service and destroyed.
Public and Private Hospitals.—During the year sixty-four inspections of hospitals and
sanatoriums have been made, a number of these at the request of the Department of the
Provincial Secretary, to which application had been made for licences.
Regulations passed pursuant to section 36 of the " Fire Marshal Act" are in force in this
Province. They govern the following : Film Exchanges ; Moving Picture Theatres ; Fire Gongs
in Public Buildings ; Inflammable Liquids and Oils ; Installation of Oil-burners ; Construction
of Chimneys; Use of Compressed Gas Systems. These regulations are being enforced by the
local assistant fire marshals more efficiently as they become acquainted with the requirements.
The necessity for such regulations is shown clearly with regard to chimneys. A study of our
statistics shows a loss during the past year of $147,835 due to defective stoves, stove-pipes, and
chimneys. The effect of the proper enforcement of these regulations may not be apparent at
the present time, but will certainly result in a reduction in fires from this source in the near
future.
The work of the laboratories of the National Research Council in inspection and approval
of oil-burners has been of immense value. Our regulations require that all such appliances be
referred to them for testing and approval. As a result of their work a number of burners have
been brought to a safe standard and the sale and installation of inferior burners has been
prohibited. I 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
It is only proper that in this report I should refer to the splendid work and assistance that
we have had from the Provincial Police Force in carrying out the work of the office and in
enforcing the law. We are deeply indebted to Colonel McMullin, the officers and men of his
Department for their co-operation and efficient work. Under existing conditions it would be
practically impossible to properly administer the Act without their help.
In conclusion, I wish to express my sincere appreciation of the support I have had from
yourself and the officials of your Department and also of the co-operation I have received from
the members of my staff.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
J. A. THOMAS,
Fire Marshal. REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1931.
I 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS.
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
Oity Municipalities (.IS).
13
120
5
51
868
83
31
28
339
71
281
851
57
26
679
1,381
3,968
753
133
23
83
282
1,172
42
856
58
2,101
26,412
170
9,066
5
6
4
37
8
5
15
12
3
12
9
Merritt	
15
2
61
378
80
23
1
110
123
*>
40
3
Slocan	
Trail	
98
2,002
21
Victoria   	
183
Totals	
50,009
3,203
District Municipalities  (2S).
127
7
39
8
26
11
75
148
17
10
191
5
120
11
12
7
69
16
12
3
Delta      .   ...                     	
1
1
7
1
2
1
5
Oak Bay	
4
6
4 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Name.
District Municipalities—Continued.
Surrey	
Tadanac	
West Vancouver-
Totals...
Village Municipalities (n).
Abbotsford	
Burns Lake	
Creston	
Gibsons Landing..
Hope	
Mission...	
McBride	
New Denver	
Pouce Coupe	
Quesnel	
Silverton	
Smithers	
Stewart	
Terrace	
Tofino	
Vanderhoof	
Williams Lake	
Totals....
Fire Districts (12).
Cariboo, County of	
loco.—	
Kootenay, County of	
Nanaimo, County of	
Pacific Mills, Limited	
Powell River	
Prince Rupert, County of
University Area	
Vancouver, County of	
Victoria, County of	
Westminster, County of
Inspections.
inty of
Totals-
Grand totals	
Grand
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
1933	
Grand
1932	
Grand
1931	
Grand
1930	
49
25
973
105
26
38
332
14
33
9
32
32
32
8
55
63
7
786
114
9
171
544
147
314
9
74
1,382
53,150
50,998
74,441
72,821
60,136
Orders.
47
1
35
4
13
69
53
123
3,502
4,325
5,753
6,852
6,912 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1931.
I 9
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
City Municipalities (SS).
4
7
5
15
4
5
5
14
10
2
10
1
10
2
2
27
17
74
27
12
1
4
10
21
3
4
1
14
1,068
8
147
$942
3,507
591
1,042
87
2,061
655
2,971
6,233
70
2,626
1,000
12,836
32
200
7,797
23,501
15,826
1,647
500
7,372
1,511
1,400
1,308
3,030
40
Trail      	
1,293
226,580
5,286
105 297
Totals            	
1,540
$443,482
District Municipalities (28).
03
20
10
2
16
3
17
19
14
2
10
24
46
1
12
1
20
33
1
2
5
6
29
7
27
$29,632
32,033
4,003
935
Delta...	
4,888
Kent	
6,981
17,378
14,847
350
4,425
30,069
3,961
12
1,763
2,178
22,104
11,277
15
4,001
6,347
8,684
46,298
300
2,903
Oak Bay	
Totals	
390
$261,479 I 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued.
Districts reporting.
Village Municipalities (It).
Abbotsford	
Burns Lake	
Creston	
Gibsons Landing-
Hope	
Mission	
McBride	
New Denver	
Pouce Coupe	
Quesnel..-	
Silverton	
Smithers	
Stewart	
Terrace	
Tofino	
Vanderhoof	
Williams Lake....
Totals-
Fire Districts (12).
Cariboo, County of..
Ioco.—	
Kootenay, County of	
Nanaimo, County of	
Pacific Mills, Limited	
Powell River	
Prince Rupert, County of..
University Area	
Vancouver, County of	
Victoria, County of	
Westminster, County of....
Yale, County of	
Totals	
Grand totals..
30
Amount of
Loss.
$949
25
1,770
17,051
2,157
6.338
1,491
51
138
15
1.797
$31,782
$141, S60
79
161,799
80
194.676
2
2.509
4
322
33
357.071
4
335
30
42.204
38
226,265
17
16,622
71
108,095
399
$1,251,758
$1,988,501
Note.—Construction of buildings—
Pire-resisting        17,
Brick or concrete      177,
Frame  2,165.
2,359,
$705
144,803
1,842,993
$1,988,501 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1934.
I 11
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
2
$57
22
1,454
2
170
1
320
10
2.083
17
6,797
8
5,980
1
2
1
5
1
100
9
2,654
1
50
4
43
42
5,044
1
15
4
371-
3
137
1
110
1
137
2
014
4
105
1
250
2
486
173
133,311
22
8,372
fl
15,574
3
74
1
5,775
3
25
10
452
3
1.3S4
2
71
20
14,524
1
50
1
36
32
08,897
1
5,900
1
10
125
6,491
2
205,855
1
40
66
03,919
1
325
7
447
2
429
9
976
5
1.003
19
17,905
3
2,586
3
1.810
4
900
5
295
30
4,820
1
289
53
287,043
0
1.503
0
5,154
0
1,144
4
1,070
7
187
39
6,042
28
5,171
2
18
1
602
8
12,830
Acetylene torch carelessness	
Ashes against wood -	
Boiler insufficiently protected	
Bunsen burner, carelessness with	
Candle carelessness	
Carburettor back-firing	
Car upset	
Carvers ignited by gas-plate	
Chair too near stove	
Chemical explosion	
Children playing with fire	
Clothes falling on furnace	
Clothes too near fireplace _	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe ■	
Clothes too near water-heater	
Coal-gas explosion	
Coal-oil carelessness	
Collision	
Curtains from candle	
Curtains from lamp	
Curtains from stove	
Defective acetylene-tank	
Defective brooder	
Defective chimney	
Defective fireplace 	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe	
Defective gas connection	
Defective lamp _	
Defective matches.---	
Defective oil-burner	
Defective oil-stove	
Defective sawdust-burner	
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
Defective tank	
Defective vacuum-tank _ _	
Defective wiring	
Diesel-oil explosion	
Dust explosion ___	
Electrical appliances ,
Engine back-firing	
Exhaust-pipe insufficiently protected _	
Exposure _._	
Film breaking in projection machine	
Fire-crackers	
Friction in pulley -	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected..
Gas explosion	
Gasoline carelessness :	
Gasoline explosion	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe	
Gasoline-torch carelessness ..'..'.	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected	
Grease on stove	
Hot metal dropped on wood	
Incendiary	
Lamp explosion.--	
Lamp upset	
Lantern upset....	
Lightning	
Live coals	
Match carelessness	
Matches,  children with	
Mattress too near stove	
Molten metal ignited oil	
Oil-furnace back-firing	 I 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
1
$2,710
1
3,500
1
55,101
3
1,992
3
81
1
55
3
135
94
33,834
527
50,420
2
2,793
10
5,489
11
18,509
225
83,993
1
28
1
50
1
10
2
1,037
185
5,758
2
790
6
5,559
2
1,450
4
109,259
1
180
52
00.048
14
9,371
6
1,971
1
4
81
52.008
6
1,487
2
270
■    219
495,197
1
S
7
3,132
17
5,275
2,359
$1,988,501
Oil spraying on hot bricks	
Oil-switch explosion	
Overheated compressor	
Overheated electric motor	
Overheated machinery bearings	
Roast left in oven, ignited ,	
Sawdust-burner back-firing	
Short circuit	
Smokers'  carelessness	
Sparks from boiler	
Sparks from burning rubbish..-	
Sparks from bush fire	
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from Christmas crackers	
Sparks from cupola	
Sparks from electric welder	
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from fireplace __	
Sparks from forge..-	
Sparks from furnace	
Sparks from locomotive	
Sparks from mill burner	
Sparks from picker-machine __	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe	
Spontaneous combustion  	
Stove explosion.	
Stove-lid dropped on floor	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected..
Tar boiling over	
Thawing pipes _	
Unknown	
Water-heater explosion	
Wood too near furnace	
Wood too near stove	
Totals	
TABLE IV.-
-CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY
BURNED
AND
CAUSES.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
         1
1
1
1
1
2
1
4
3
1
1
9
2
1
2
2
1
1
3
1
Apartments   	
113
$15
11
Carvers ignited by gas-plate 	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe 	
Curtains from stove 	
Defective chimney 	
Defective oil-burner  	
2
13
19
301
206
Defective stove-pipe 	
Defective wiring 	
5
2,425
254
1.S44
286
Electrical appliances 	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Gasoline-torch carelessness 	
Grease on stove 	
124
29
Match carelessness 	
Matches, children with 	
Oil-furnace back-firing 	
Overheated machinery bearings
1
.5
516
16 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1934.
I 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Automobile   painting   estab- 1
ments
Automobiles      167
Bakeries
Barns
36
Bath-houses 	
Beauty-parlours   ..
Blacksmith-shops
Boarding-houses ..
10
Boat-houses
Short circuit   1
Smokers' carelessness   61
Sparks from chimney     '     6
Sparks from fireplace  5
Sparks from stove   1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Tar boiling over   1
Gasoline-torch carelessness   1
Acetylene-torch carelessness   1
Carburettor back-firing   14
Car upset   8
Collision   1
Defective vacuum-tank   1
Defective wiring   9
Electrical appliances  )  1
Exposure  4
Fire-crackers  2
Gasoline carelessness   6
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe   3
Incendiary  7
Match carelessness  2
Short circuit   51
Smokers' carelessness   34
Sparks from bush fire   1
Unknown     22
Short circuit  1
Sparks from chimney   1
Boiler insufficiently protected   1
Defective wiring   2
Engine back-firing   1
Incendiary   1
Lamp upset   1
Lightning  1
Match carelessness  1
Short circuit  :  1
Smokers' carelessness -  3
Sparks from burning rubbish   2
Sparks from bush fire   1
Sparks from chimney   1
Spontaneous combustion  :  4
Unknown  16
Stove insufficiently protected  —\  1
Electrical appliances  1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Defective acetylene-tank  ,  1
Exposure  '.  1
Sparks from forge  ':  1
Unknown    '.  1
Defective chimney  - i  1
Electrical appliances  j  2
Smokers' carelessness  \  5
Sparks from chimney  ,  1
Sparks from fireplace  1  1
Unknown    -  1
$90
1,341
107
58
30
2,495
75
$32
767
5,986
110
30
589
10
4,660
130
9,303
1,810
1,787
125
3,668
2,040
190
7,750
$08
10
$20
1,538
9,039
100
2,000
972
300
3,170
1,560
1,259
50
450
4,425
23,914
$7
22
$250
300
750
2.357
36
171
30
$10,328
38,999
78
48,797
50
29
3,657
326
15 I 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Bottlng-works   1
Bunk-houses     2
Canneries   1
Carpenter-shops     1
Chicken-houses   11
Churches
Clubs   ..
Dairies
Dry-cleaning establishments.
Dwellings   1,486
Sparks from chimney   1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Overheated compressor   1
Short circuit   1
Defective brooder   2
Defective oil-stove  1
Defective stove   1
Stove insufficiently protected   2
Unknown  5
Ashes against wood  1
Candle carelessness   1
Exposure   1
l^urnace-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Sparks from chimney   4
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Smokers' carelessness   2
Exposure   1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Sparks from chimney   1
Unknown     1
Gasoline explosion   1
Incendiary    1
Sparks from chimney   2
Ashes against wood   11
Candle carelessness   6
Chair too near stove -  1
Chemical explosion  1
Children playing with fire   8
Clothes falling on furnace   1
Clothes too near fireplace   4
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe   38
Clothes too near water-heater   1
Coal-gas explosion   2
Coal-oil carelessness   3
Curtains from candle   1
Curtains from lamp   2
Curtains from stove   3
Defective chimney   140
Defective fireplace   20
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe   4
Defective gas connection   l
Defective matches   2
Defective oil-burner   1
Defective oil-stove   2
Defective sawdust-burner   1
Defective stove or stove-pipe   21
Defective wiring   12
Electrical appliances   92
Exposure   31
Fire-crackers    2
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected 7
Gas explosion   3
Gasoline carelessness   8
Gasoline-torch carelessness  1
Grease on stove  24
8,902
900
$486
30
800
48
2,320
$770
5
516
50
3,351
7
500
11,103
5
50
2,055
5
100
2,634
50
43
5,022
15
37
137
157
614
86
103,328
5,619
15,534
22
23
15
1,354
5
13,670
18,949
4,401
19,323
12
911
157
6,278
40
3,620
$06
7.808
55,101
14
3,684
4,098
11,035
S3 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1934.
I 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued:.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Electrical plants
Factories (bed and mattress)
Factories (bolt and spike) —
Factories (candy)  	
Factories   (cotton  and  wool
waste)
Factories (fireclay products)
Factories  (lamp)  	
Factories   (roofing material)
Factories (sash and door)....
Fishing-boats 	
Fishing-nets 	
Fish-salteries 	
Flour-mills 	
Incendiary    21
Lamp explosion   4
Lamp upset   4
Lantern upset   3
Lightning   1
Live coals   6
Match carelessness   23
Matches, children with  23
Mattress too near stove   2
Oil-furnace back-firing   3
Roast left in oven, ignited   1
Sawdust-burner back-firing   3
Short circuit   18
Smokers' carelessness   295
Sparks from burning rubbish   6
Sparks from bush fire  7
Sparks from chimney   187
Sparks from Christmas crackers   1
Sparks from fireplace   171
Sparks from furnace   4
Sparks from locomotive   1
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe   43
Spontaneous combustion  .-  3
Stove explosion   5
Stove-lid dropped on floor   1
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected  62
Tar boiling over  „  2
Thawing pipes  2
Unknown  109
Water-heater explosion   1
Wood too near furnace   6
Wood too near stove   14
Short circuit   1
Unknown     1
Sparks from picker-machine   1
Unknown     1
Sparks from chimney   1
Smokers'  carelessness   1
Defective chimney   2
Sparks from stove   1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Sparks from boiler   1
Overheated machinery bearings   1
Sparks from mill burner   1
Unknown     2
Carburettor back-firing   1
Gasoline explosion   1
Unknown    1
Incendiary   1
Incendiary   1
Overheated electric motor   1
$19,504
1,327
3,139
64
75
183
642
4,965
18
894
55
135
4,809
11,174
3,769
12,953
54,985
28
5,489
177
500
34,390
2,392
1,907
4
41,912
501
270
137,034
8
3,102
5,163
$212
300
$180
250
$50
22
527
$2,500
2,200
63
$550,120
512
430
74
25
254
515
39
2,371
599
4,763
10,301
16,397
367 I 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Foundries
Freight-cars   1
Fruit-packing plants          1
Garages        35
Gasoline-stations
Golf Club houses
Grandstands  	
Greenhouses 	
Halls  	
Hospitals
Hotels
64
Defective chimney   1
Hot metal dropped on wood   1
Sparks from cupola  1
Sparks from forge   1
Sparks from stove-pipe   1
Sparks from burning rubbish   1
Unknown     1
Children playing with fire   1
Defective chimney   2
Defective wiring   1
Exposure  7
Gasoline carelessness   1
Gasoline explosion   1
Incendiary    1
Lantern upset   1
Matches, children with  3
Short circuit   4
Smokers' carelessness  5
Spontaneous combustion   2
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected  2
Unknown    -  3
Wood too near stove   1
Short circuit   1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Unknown--   3
Defective chimney   1
Smokers' carelessness  2
Sparks from fireplace   1
Unknown     1
Furnace insufficiently protected   1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Unknown     1
Exposure   2
Incendiary    1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Sparks from fireplace   1
Unknown     1
Exposure   1
Short circuit   1
Defective chimney   4
Defective oil-burner   2
Electrical appliances   1
Exposure   2
Fire-crackers    1
Incendiary    2
Match carelessness   1
Matches, children with   1
Short circuit   2
Smokers' carelessness   41
Sparks from chimney   4
Sparks from fireplace   1
Sparks from stove  :  1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   1
$92
289
50
40
3,000
$20
25
3,203
11,235
4
358
387
1,060
149
14,097
2,447
70
40
843
25
$143
58
2,769
$62
315
16
$15
70
156
$42
1,125
8
75
760
$4,305
202
$9,233
120
20
8,389
185
5,159
29
11
12
1.522
2,988
25
22,502
58
$3,471
25
450
33,963
2,970
393
25,495
241
2,010
4,507
50,253 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1934.
I 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICA
Property.
House-boats     1
Irrigation-flumes    1
Launches     5
Laundries     2
Libraries   .'  1
Locomotives   1
Logging camps   6
Lumber-piles   I
Lumber-yards    2
Machine-shops   2
Meat-packing plants   1
Mining property  5
.   . i
Motor-cycles  1
Mushroom-houses   3
Offices  -  14
1TON OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Causes.
Unknown
Unknown
Carburettor back-firing
Grease on stove 	
Incendiary  	
Smokers' carelessness ..
Sparks from stove 	
Sparks from boiler ....
Sparks from chimney
Unknown   	
Boiler insufficiently protected
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness ....
Sparks from engine 	
Sparks from locomotive
Unknown , ...
Incendiary
Unknown  .
Defective stove 	
Sparks from electric welder
Sparks from chimney
Engine back-firing  	
Oil spraying on hot bricks
Sparks from bush fire 	
Spontaneous combustion ....
Unknown   	
Acetylene-torch carelessness
Defective chimney 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Offices and dwellings .
Oil-houses 	
Photographic studios
Power-houses  —
Bunsen burner, carelessness with
Coal-gas explosion 	
Defective gas connection 	
Defective wiring  '.	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected
Matches, children with 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from chimney	
Spontaneous combustion 	
Stove insufficiently protected 	
Unknown  	
Gasoline carelessness
Tar boiling over 	
Diesel-oil explosion	
Exhaust-pipe insufficiently protected
Oil-switch explosion 	
Amount of Loss.
$1,565
749
300
125
15
$422
650
$5,900
40
3,500
$200
31
2,754
1,072
4S
150
$224
9,433
1,037
950
798
  12,442
18
  9,129
$10
10
  20
  20
$256,816
2,710
4,745
1,000
463
        265,734
25
$350
757
1,107
$326
230
4
5,000
18
6
85
8
100
20
5,797
4,415
410
450
9,440 I 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Printing-offices
Babbitries  	
Railway-stations .
Recreation parks
Restaurants 	
Rooming-houses
Sawmills
Schools
Sheds
44
18
12
Causes.
Match carelessness   1
Matches, children with   1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Unknown     1
Lamp upset   1
Unknown       1
Exposure   1
Sparks from chimney   1
Unknown     1
Defective chimney   2
Defective stove   1
Incendiary   1
Match carelessness   1
Smokers' carelessness   2.
Ashes against wood   1
Candle carelessness   1
Clothes too near stove   1
Defective chimney   2
Defective match   1
Defective wiring   1
Electrical appliances   3
Gas explosion  1
Gasoline-torch carelessness   1
Gas-plate insufficiently protected  1
Incendiary    1
Live coals   1
Match carelessness  1
Matches, children with   1
Short circuit   2
Smokers' carelessness   17
Sparks from chimney   3
Sparks from fireplace   2
Sparks from stove   1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Wood too near furnace   1
Friction in pulley   1
Incendiary    2
Molten metal ignited oil   1
Overheated electric motor   1
Short circuit  1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Sparks from bush fire   1
Sparks from mill burner   3
Unknown  7
Clothes too near stove   1
Defective chimney   1
Defective wiring   1
Film breaking in projection-machine  1
Incendiary  5
Sparks from burning rubbish  1
Sparks from fireplace  1
Unknown     1
Ashes against wood   4
Defective chimney   1
Exposure   3
Fire-crackers  1
Amount of Loss.
$24
30
28
50
$15
570
$1,237
17,713
$42
5
1,300
220
90
$32
5
4
174
2
1.4
38
71
4
100
765
4
2
90
268
452
131
13
35
28
30
$385
204,865
602
1,603
6,044
200
571
109,237
111,613
$5
100
25
325
10,039
436
5
9,183
$182
50
1,422
75
$132
585
18,950
27,777
1,057
2,262
435,120
20,118 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1934.
I 19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES— Continued.
Property.
Shingle-mills 	
Sidewalks  .-...
Slaughter-houses
Smelting-plants „
Stables	
Stores
Stores and apartments
Stores and dwellings
62
Causes.
23
32
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from stove 	
Unknown   	
Spontaneous combustion
Unknown	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown   	
Defective furnace	
Dust explosion	
Short circuit 	
Spontaneous combustion
Lantern upset 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown	
Ashes against wood  ."	
Candle carelessness 	
Defective chimney 	
Defective gas connection 	
Defective oil-burner  	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances   	
Exposure 	
Friction in pulley  	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected
Grease on stove 	
Incendiary  	
Lamp explosion 	
Match carelessness 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Sparks from furnace 	
Sparks from stove 	
Stove insufficiently protected 	
Unknown   	
Wood too near stove 	
Defective chimney 	
Defective oil-burner 	
Defective stove	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure	
Grease on stove 	
Matches, children with
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness ...
Sparks from chimney ...
Stove explosion 	
Tar boiling over 	
Unknown	
Ashes against wood
Coal-gas explosion ..
Defective chimney ..
Defective fireplace ..
Defective lamp  	
Amount of Loss.
2
1
2
1
1
1
10
6
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
1
13
q
i
i
i
2
5
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
$5
36
250
$100
12,292
$40
10
125
$20
430
5,412
$156
7
469
48
35
9,509
903
5,678
44 .
66
165
286
4,405
176
124
146
237
412
12
049
25
1,868
22,573
44
$425
50
34
257
1,800
41
15
112
197
17
4
428
1,505
$12
104
17,158
2,690
5,775
$2,020
12.392
25
800
200
i.802
48.037
4.885 I 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Stores and offices
Stores, offices, and rooms-
Stores and rooms
Street-cars
Tug-boats
Warehouses 	
29
16
Wharves   1
Woollen-mills   1
Totals   2.359
Defective wiring   1
Electrical appliances   1
Exposure   4
Fire-crackers    1
Incendiary  2
Match carelessness  1
Overheated machinery bearings   1
Short circuit   1
Smokers' carelessness   5
Sparks from chimney   2
Sparks from fireplace   1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Tar boiling over   1
Unknown  4
Wood too near stove   1
Electrical appliances   2
Gas-plate insufficiently protected   1
Match carelessness  1
Smokers' carelessness  1
Unknown     2
Defective oil-burner   1
Sparks from chimney   1
Ashes against wood   1
Defective chimney   5
Defective  fireplace    2
Defective wiring   1
Incendiary    1
Oil-furnace  back-firing    1
Smokers' carelessness   13
Sp'arks from chimney  3
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Unknown    1
Overheated electric motor   1
Short circuit  2
Carburettor back-firing   1
Sparks from stove   1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Defective oil-burner   1
Defective  sawdust-burner    1
Defective wiring  1
Electrical appliances   1
Exposure   1
Gas  explosion    1
Incendiary  1
Match carelessness  :  1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Sparks from furnace   1'
Spontaneous combustion   1
Unknown  5
Smokers'  carelessness   1
Unknown     1
 2,359
$10,000
15
4,487
45
4,094
4,100
15
31
4.911
101
35
3,250
33
10,043
43
12
4
4.418
$0
2
$5
831
93
45
15
11,390
5,616
3,539
400
1,137
$22
360
$1,965
5,500
191
$20
66
17,600
525
500
775
7,077
371
10
4,733
1.259
54,354
$00,942
4,464
23,071
7.650
87.290
15
2,030
$1,988,501 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1934.
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TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1930-34.
Occupancy.
Cause of Fire.
Loss of Life.
Adults.
Children.
Barn	
Dwelling..
Dwelling..
Totals, 1934..
Totals, 1933..
Totals, 1932..
Totals, 1931..
Totals, 1930..
Incendiary	
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Sparks from burning rubbish..
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Ciiaui.es F.  Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1935.
375-435-3787  

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