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 SIXTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT
OF
THE FIRE MARSHAL
for the province of
BEITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICS, 1937
printed by
authority of the legislative assembly.
VICTORIA, B.C. :
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1938.  To His Honour E. W. Hamber,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Sixteenth Annual Report of the Fire
Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1937.
GORDON S. WISMER,
Attorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 1938. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Page.
Report of Fire Marshal     5
Table I.—Inspections made and Orders issued     7
Table II.—Fires reported     9
Table III.—Causes of Fires -  11
Table IV.—Classification of Property burned  13
Table V.—Summary  22
Table VI.—Loss of Life  23 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL.
Office of Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1938.
The Honourable Gordon S. Wismer, K.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—Pursuant to section 44 of the " Fire Marshal Act," I have the honour to submit my
Sixteenth Annual Report as Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1937, together
with statistics showing fire causes and losses in the Province.
You will note that there has been an increase in the fire losses over the previous year,
amounting to $454,360, or approximately 27 per cent. Unorganized districts which have no
fire-protection are largely responsible for this increase. It is noted that in two districts
alone the loss from fire was $742,435. This, of course, is due to the burning of large industrial plants which are without fire-protection. It must be noted, however, that some of our
major cities, which are presumed to be equipped with fire-protection facilities, also show an
increased loss. With reference to this I can only refer briefly to a part of my report to the
Honourable Attorney-General on March 31st, 1937. The same conditions as noted then exist
to-day. We still have our conflagration hazards, careless smokers, defective chimneys, and
poor housekeeping. The same economic conditions exist as was noted at that time, and much
of the fire-fighting equipment is still obsolete or non-existent.
We are glad to note a decided increase in inspections made under section 18. There is
no question but that the enforcement of this section of the Act has aided materially in keeping
the fire loss down. The issuing of 5,826 orders to clean up dangerous conditions shows the
importance of constant vigilance in this work.
Public Buildings.—One thousand three hundred and seventy-eight inspections of public
buildings, other than hospitals, schools, theatres, and film exchanges, have been made by Mr.
Oswald, of our Staff, co-operating with the local Assistant Fire Marshals. Special attention
has been given to the safety of hotels, apartments, and rooming-houses. A large number of
these were found to be below the requirements of the Act with reference to fire-escapes and
fire-gongs. Orders were issued by the inspectors, and as far as humanly possible these buildings have been brought up to a reasonable standard of safety.
Sixty-four inspections of hospitals were made and orders for improvements issued by
the local Assistant Fire Marshals. Forty-two inspections of schools were made, and in all
cases where required, orders for improvements were issued.
In connection with the orders issued by the local Assistant Fire Marshals, 205 appeals
have been made to the Fire Marshal during the year and hearings granted. There were no
appeals from his decisions to the courts.
Wholesale Gasoline Storage.—One hundred and twenty-seven inspections were made of
wholesale gasoline and oil-storage plants under the direction of a member of this Staff,
assisted by the local authorities. Thirty-two orders to improve conditions were issued under
section 16 of the Act by the local assistants. The chief defects were found in plants installed
previous to the coming into force of the regulations governing the sale and storage of inflammable liquids, passed in 1931. Further fire-protection for these plants is now being given
consideration and recommendations will be forwarded to you in due course.
Government Buildings.—At the request of the department having jurisdiction, twelve
inspections of Government buildings were made and reports submitted.
One hundred and twenty-six plans of buildings, gasoline and oil-storage plants, and oil-
burning equipment have been received and checked during the year.
Fire Investigations.—This work, under the direction of Mr. Walker, Deputy Fire Marshal,
has been faithfully carried out during the year with the help of the local Assistant Fire
Marshals. One hundred and forty-seven special investigations have been conducted, and
fifteen inquiries under section 11 of the Act have been held. Four persons were tried for
arson, resulting in two convictions. Four persons were convicted of perjury and one for
false pretences, arising out of evidence given at inquiries. N 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Theatres and Film Exchanges.—Under the direction of Mr. Oswald, 216 inspections were
made of theatres and eighty-two orders issued to remedy defects. During the year 292
theatres were licensed to show moving pictures. Fifty-six inspections were made of film
exchanges. Approximately 90,000 feet of film were destroyed by burning and 3,600,000 feet
removed from service and shipped out of the Province. Fourteen orders were issued to
improve conditions in these exchanges.
Twenty-two candidates for projectionist licence were examined, of which twelve were
successful and received certificates.
Oil-burner Regulations.—Pursuant to these regulations, 475 inspections of oil-burning
equipment were made. Acting as the representative of the National Research Council Laboratories, Mr. Oswald has issued 4,561 labels after inspection of equipment. Approximately
2,500 additional oil-burners of all types have been brought into the Province, carrying the
labels of the National Research Council or the Underwriters' Laboratories. This makes a
total of 7,100 oil-burners of all types which were brought into the Province during the year
and approved by the Fire Marshal. One hundred and forty-one inspections of installations
were made and thirty-two orders issued correcting same.
I wish to express my appreciation of the co-operation given by the members of my staff
in carrying out the duties of our Office, to Assistant Fire Marshals for the work done in the
cities and districts, and to Colonel McMullin and the members of the Provincial Police for
their splendid support in the unorganized districts.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
J. A. THOMAS,
Fire Marshal. REPORT OF FIRE  MARSHAL, 1937.
N 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS.
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
Alberni..	
City Municipalities (SS).
6
62
189
81
1,105
39
22
23
430
113
3
309
5
Armstrong                                                                          	
15
48
8
1
37
12
1
28
809
51
70
717
1,670
5,985
878
114
29
81
206
1,124
'll2
1 314
j
27
8
8
30
3
892
67
38
3
58
32
8
99
Trail _   — - — - - 	
2,087
35,917
493
10,979
99
3,795
153
273
65,045
5,721
District Municipalities (28).
9
20
5
6
114
60
Delta - ....	
3
5
1
5
Kent            '	
18
5
124
260
468
20
132
33
4
3
6
12
16
4 N 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
District Municipalities—Continued.
West Vancouver-
Totals	
Village Municipalities (19).
Abbotsford	
Burns Lake	
Chapman Camp...
Creston 	
Dawson Creek	
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	
Yale, County of 	
Totals 	
Grand tota Is __
Grand totals, 1936-
Grand totals, 1935..
Grand totals, 1934..
Grand totals, 1933..
572
69
85
2
4
522
70
289
16
66
1,131
68,079
66,549
52,849
53,150
56,998
1,331
27
	
12
4
377
34
27
12
13
12
15
4
39
77
2
22
5,826
5,929
4,742
3,502
4,325 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1937.
N 9
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
City Municipalities (33).
3
15
7
8
5
14
6
8
10
20
23
6
2
45
34
94
31
12
2
6
5
16
5
17
4
25
1,428
13
229
$25
9,287
186
367
135
2,420
5,109
2,393
1,692
8,132
Kaslo ._           	
16,771
189
40
21,053
17,774
14,866
3,568
1,839
4,009
10,440
245
5,155
Revelstoke   	
11,364
3,135
12,356
Trail   —     _	
4,249
547,761
3,993
75,366
Totals	
2,093
$783,919
District Municipalities (28).
Burnaby...  	
77
9
2
8
5
IS
1
1
3
19
17
11
15
27
60
18
1
32
61
1
14
6
22
6
31
$19,943
12,930
35,316
Delta     	
2,101
1,475
4,000
29
Glenmore     ...
Kent       	
3 672
33,008
15 729
Maple Ridge    	
Matsqui    	
12,116
Mission        _	
North Cowichan. 	
18,319
9 513
North Vancouver 	
Oak Bay               	
3,896
Peachland	
Penticton  _ '	
14,092
2,347
24,948
14,002
Pitt Meadows 	
Richmond     	
Salmon Arm	
16,387
5,901
16,832
Summerland    	
Surrey  —. '	
Tadanac  	
West Vancouver               	
2,536
465
$272,012 N 10                                                    BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Village Municipalities (19).
Abbotsford	
6
3
1
2
4
5
3
1
1
1
3
$3,704
Burns Lake                         ....
14,565
Chapman Camp	
Creston              ...   .
52
Dawson Creek              	
Gibsons Landing..             	
14
Hope           	
New Denver   __ _	
Quesnel   	
3,186
1,176
Tofino 	
15
Totals           	
30
$23,743
Fire Districts (12).
45
1
84
101
9
6
19
2
36
38
14
66
$97,979
494,004
248,431
3,646
402
23,430
17
72,669
10,956
78,102
Totals     	
421         |     $1,064,404
3,009
$2,144,078
Note.—Construction of buildings—■
24, loss       $24,013
243,   „         613,117
2,742,    „      1,506,948
•
3,009,   „   $2,144,078 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1937.
N 11
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Amount of
Loss.
Acetylene-torch carelessness..
Ashes against wood 	
Asphalt boiling over	
Boiler insufficiently protected..
Broken oil-line —	
Candle carelessness  —
Carburettor back-firing	
Car upset..  	
Children playing with fire-
Clothes too near fireplace....
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe 	
Cloth used on stove, thrown in cupboard..
Coal-oil carelessness . 	
Collision- _ - 	
Curtains from candle-
Curtains from lamp.....
Curtains from stove	
Defective chimney	
Defective fireplace	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe..
Defective gas generator 	
Defective lamp. —	
Defective matches.  	
Defective oil-burner   	
Defective oil-stove .— — 	
Defective stove or stove-pipe..
Defective wiring  	
Dust explosion  	
Electrical appliances	
Engine back-firing   —
Exposure  —	
Film piling up in sound-head..
Fire-crackers 	
Friction of logging-cable..
Friction on brake-drum....
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected-
Gas-burner insufficiently protected	
Gas explosion....  	
Gasoline carelessness  	
Gasoline explosion  _   	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe	
Gasoline-torch carelessness..
Grease on stove... 	
Hot brick placed in bed-
Incendiary	
Incense-burner upset-
Kettle boiling dry..	
Lamp explosion	
Lamp upset	
Lantern upset	
Lightning —	
Live coals.	
Match carelessness	
Matches, children with..
Mattress too near stove-
Molten metal	
Oil-furnace back-firing	
Oil overflowing on heater..
Oil-stove explosion- 	
Overheated electric motor-
Overheated generator	
Overheated machinery bearings..
Paper from stove 	
Sawdust-burner back-firing	
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected-
1
39
1
3
1
13
35
7
4
4
48
1
2
1
5
3
4
193
38
6
1
1
11
6
1
24
21
3
117
2
57
1
18
1
1
17
2
7
65
7
8
10
34
1
48
1
1
5
10
2
6
18
32
44
1
1
3
1
1
1
2
5
6
9
1
$370
6,919
450
76
30
2,259
13,240
2,406
473
44
7,375
611
353
245
181
22
76
187,174
5,924
577
188
300
151
1,109
110
4,443
24,836
554
14,126
2,418
18,697
2
1,083
1,147
17
2,545
11
289
11,205
14,410
1,068
121,021
3,266
193
123,946
20
4
5,765
5,175
967
19,885
250
635
2,220
17
149
1,090
26,935
2,724
5
3,515
5,971
83
6,496
125 N 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from acetylene-torch—
Sparks from boiler 	
Sparks from bonfire. 	
Sparks from burning rubbish-
Sparks from bush fire 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Sparks from forge. —	
Sparks from furnace 	
Sparks from grass fire 	
Sparks from grinding-machine..
Sparks from mill burner.. 	
Sparks from picking-machine ...
Sparks from slash fire 	
Sparks from smudge fire	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe-
Sparks from welding-machine	
Spontaneous combustion 	
Static electricity  	
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected..
Stove explosion-   	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected..
Sulphur burning  	
Sun's rays    — 	
Tar boiling over    	
Thawing pipes     -	
Unknown  	
Welding-machine insufficiently protected..
Wood too near furnace 	
Wood too near stove  	
Woodwork ignited from exhaust-
Totals.- 	
1
7
14
249
1
234
1
6
1
1
4
1
2
1
41
2
19
1
2
9
132
1
5
4
11
282
1
2
6
3
$71,285
57,423
6,312
1,343
52
8,289
5,477
58,497
1,444
4,178
10
6,959
270
25
15,495
144
10,295
255
10,350
520
36,890
577
714
2.644
56,942
486
3,937
864
2,611
1,119.450
8
1,891
432
38 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1937.
N 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Apartments  - 	
133
1
Ashes against wood    —
Curtains from stove	
Defective chimney    	
1
1
5
2
1
1
7
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
78
12
4
1
6
4
1
2
1
29
7
1
1
10
1
4
1
$5
9
174
85
20
499
54
66
17
25
15
75
17
15
6,443
4,758
25
5
178
337
Defective furnace-pipe
Defective stove  	
Electrical appliances  	
Grease on stove   	
Match  carelessness
Matches,  children with  	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from fireplace	
Stove explosion    	
Grease on stove  	
$12,822
250
3
263
2
1
1
$27
179
206
$6,961
2,406
245
2
1,110
5
211
2
17
111
442
535
1,068
670
85
12,137
4,589
52
158
5,678
38
Car upset     	
Collision      	
Defective chimney  	
Defective  wiring    	
Electrical  appliances        	
Exposure       	
1
1
8
1
8
5
1
87
67
1
1
25
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
2
1
1
1
3
23
1
Gas explosion  ._  _.
Gasoline carelessness    .
Gasoline explosion 	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe  _	
Match  carelessness    	
Smokers'   carelessness       	
Sparks from bonfire     .
Unknown      .
36,522
$622
15
Sparks from stove    	
Exposure    	
637
75
Banks    	
10
39
1
$800
20
2,300
957
85
502
917
255
636
3,295
39,327
Incendiary    	
Matches,  children with 	
Smokers' carelessness   —	
Sparks from chimney   	
Sparks from smudge fire 	
Sparks from stove   	
Spontaneous combustion  	
-
49,094
175
Bath-houses    	 N 14                                                       BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND
CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
.   Causes.
Amount of Loss.
i
l
l
l
l
l
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
]
1
1
1
4
2
1
10
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
9
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
24
13
4
4
42
1
2
5
$87
15
3,512
10
$70
■    25
185
10
15
Sparks from chimney  	
$57
300
Bridges              1
10
$347
150
11,303
Canneries             4
Sparks from stove  .	
Dust explosion   	
$225
50,000
1,746
39,032
Sparks from chimney	
7,800
$35
300
110
240
10
5
520
200
154
1,220
138
Sparks  from  chimney     _ 	
$19
35
10
6,227
Clubs                                    14
$23
44
10
457
151
Smokers' carelessness ___    „ _	
Spontaneous combustion     -  	
33
Cooperages              1
23,679
$2,250
80
Dry-cleaning establishments ....         4
Dwellings                    -  1,827
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected  ,.	
$11
25
577
Ashes against wood     _	
$4,946
2,259
473
44
2,322
611
353
181
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe   	
Cloth used on stove, thrown in cupboard 	 REPORT OF FIRE  MARSHAL, 1937.
N 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
3
3
160
35
5
9
4
19
6
78
22
11
11
4
9
1
4
22
1
18
1
1
5
9
2
17
22
24
1
2
1
5
6
19
480
5
10
203
227
3
1
30
3
7
95
1
4
3
9
106
2
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
$22
67
87,373
5,804
557
129
882
3,844
13,557
3,718
5,899
470
1,930
147
632
800
231
1,376
193
16,911
20
4
5,765
4,935
30
235
383
1,426
17
863
2,724
73
4,564
10,967
19,241
1,689
4,957
48,646
4,114
4,481
270
6,839
777
2,636
44,417
486
3,895
830
1,568
111,834
1,891
198
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected,.
Gas explosion   — ..	
Gasoline explosion   	
Gasoline-torch carelessness - —	
Hot brick placed in bed	
Incendiary     	
Matches,  children with  	
Oil-stove  explosion   	
Sparks  from bush fire	
Sun's rays   	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown    	
Wood too near furnace	
Wood too near stove  	
Sparks from chimney 	
$446,506
20
2,000
75
Electrical  sub-stations  	
Electric-light poles 	
Short circuit           	
$140
1,000
1,140
144
Factories   (bed and mattress).
Overheated machinery bearings .
$935
893
1,828
Factories   (broom)	 N 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND  CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Amount of Loss.
Factories   (candy)
Factories  (coffee and spice)	
Factories (cotton and wool waste)
Factories   (glove)
Factories  (marmalade)  	
Factories   (roof products)
Fences
Fishing-boats
Fish-reduction plants
Foundries  	
Garages
Gasoline-shovels
Gasoline-stations
Golf-club houses
Greenhouses 	
Halls
15
Grease on  stove  	
Overheated machinery bearings
Sparks from grinding-machine __
Boiler insufficiently protected
Sparks from chimney 	
Defective chimney 	
Defective chimney 	
Asphalt boiling over
Unknown   	
Matches, children with
Smokers'  carelessness _
Gasoline  carelessness  —
Sparks from stove „	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unk nown 	
Unknown    - 	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from furnace ~~	
Stove insufficiently protected
Ashes against wood
Defective wiring  	
Exposure   	
Gasoline carelessness
Gasoline explosion
Gasoline-torch carelessness
Incendiary    _	
Lightning  —: 	
Matches,   children  with   	
Overheated generator _	
Short circuit 	
Smokers'  carelessness 	
Spontaneous  combustion  	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Welding-machine insufficiently protected
Gasoline-torch carelessness ..-..
Defective  gas  generator	
Exposure   	
Gas explosion 	
Gasoline  carelessness    	
Short circuit   —
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown    	
Defective oil-burner
Defective stove 	
Sawdust-burner back-firing
Sparks from boiler 	
Unk no wn   	
Ashes against wood
Exposure    __ _.
Fire-crackers    	
Furnace-pipe  insufficiently protected
Incendiary    	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown _	
$117
74
$15
105
$450
2,850
$5
32
$475
600
100
50
$50
119
73
$7
16
147
6,297
100
723
376
10
337
15
208
7,102
1,854
60
2,762
$188
15
16
15
285
377
$177
6
606
400
900
$30
15
83
448
10,287
636
7
2,560
$191
25
120
49
3,300
37
1,225
2,149
20,022
1,000
33,259
2,089
14,066 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1937.
N 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Hop-kilns
Hospitals
Hospitals  (dog and cat).
Hotels   ......  1	
1
102
Launches
Laundries
Libraries
Logging-camps
Lumber-yards
Machine-shops   ....
Mining property
Motor-cycles
Offices _„	
Unknown  _ _. _
Electrical  appliances  	
Gasoline-torch carelessness 	
Overheated machinery bearings
Smokers* carelessness __	
Sparks from chimney    :
Tar boiling over  „	
Unknown    __ 	
Unknown  —._ „_  	
Defective chimney    	
Defective fireplace    	
Electrical appliances 	
Furnace-pipe insufficiently protected .
Grease on stove  _.   	
Match carelessness     _.
Oil-furnace back-firing  _ 	
Short circuit __ _ _. 	
Smokers'  carelessness  _ 	
Sparks from chimney  —__	
Spontaneous combustion  ___
Thawing pipes      __
Unknown  	
Carburettor back-firing
Gasoline explosion  	
Gasoline-torch carelessness 	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown __   „	
Sparks from chimney .
Unknown   ._	
Sparks from furnace	
Spontaneous combustion
Clothes too near stove _.
Electrical  appliances  	
Friction of logging-cable
Sparks from engine
Stove   insufficiently   protected
Unknown    	
Ashes against wood	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from mill burner
Electrical  appliances   	
Acetylene-torch carelessness
Oil overflowing on heater ....
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from slash fire —_	
Unknown   	
Carburettor back-firing
Exposure __
Gas-burner insufficiently protected
Grease on stove 	
Match  carelessness    	
Short circuit   	
Smokers* carelessness ..	
Sparks from burning rubbish
Sparks from stove  	
Unknown      	
$147
75
1,250
250
20
34
14
$15,273
35"
49
10
51
35
227
39,751
2,380
407
110
700
33,417
$2,668
5,000
40
2,000
200
$64
500
$2,359
2,359
$4,964
6,000
1,147
1,444
331
54,635
$122
5
185
$370
26,935
2,531
10,295
372,963
$4,247
11
1,284
3
16
46
6,000
7
48,841
$2,792
1,790
149
92,445
564
68,521
312
100
413,094
320
60,455 N 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
1
3
1
$2,641
1
1
$110
17
175
3
Spontaneous combustion    :	
1
2
302
$17,845
5,148
8
3
Short circuit   	
Electrical appliances  	
1
1
1
22,993
Printing-offices  	
$183
57
1,296
125
50
25
93,782
1
1
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness    	
1
1
2
1
95,518
$52
1,080
1
Unknown     	
2
1
1,132
200
1
Incendiary  	
Boiler insufficiently protected    	
Clothes too near stove    	
1
1
1
1
$12
5
50
10
50
217
10
61
1,172
325
43
Defective stove-pipe 	
1
.   .         1
1
1
6
1
2
2
Clothes too near stove   	
1,587
$31
2,202
12
17
68
1
15
482
480
4
343
10
27
17
1
3
24
Electrical appliances 	
Matches,  children  with .... — 	
Sparks from  chimney                                                ....         5
Sparks from  fireplace                                                             1
Unknown                          .   ...                    ....        1
3,665
$29
15
118,952
100
3,500
40
7,905
2,500
50
15,300
25,861
130,287
Smokers' carelessness ...           2
Sparks from boiler   	
Sparks from mill burner    	
Spontaneous combustion	
14
304,539
$51,600
71
9
80
22,599
51
5
Match carelessness 	
Short circuit   ..:—  	 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1937.
N 19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND  CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
33
Spontaneous combustion  — —	
1
2
3
I
$25
500
Ashes against wood   -....	
$74,940
Sheds	
$19
400
25
50
20
85
5
35
190
50
340
15
881
7
1
1
1
2
Match carelessness       	
1
3
6
Sparks from chimney —  	
Spontaneous combustion  	
Stove insufficiently protected  	
1
2
1
10
1
2,115
$2,403
20,000
10
514
4,971
»
Incendiary 	
Sparks from mill burner .    	
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected -..	
1
1
1
3
1
27,898
$10
200
15
1
1
Steam-pipe insufficiently  protected	
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
3
1
2
2
8
8
2
2
1
2
1
8
27
3
2
1
6
1
6
1
1
1
225
107
30
1
$30
30
300
75
149
300
11,222
7
S
Furnace insufficiently protected _ ..
Molten metal	
884
Stables	
$2,958
600
150
91
Sparks from burning rubbish 	
3,708
$39
3
22,690
10
35
4,625
1,364
1,219
161
68
275
5
30
400
1,101
166
1,937
1,453
3,918
42
5,122
9
16
Clothes too near stove   	
Defective  chimney    	
Defective matches	
Electrical  appliances   	
Exposure      -     .    ...
Sawdust-burner   back-firing   	
Short circuit  	
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe	
Spontaneous combustion ....	
Unknown     	
Wood too near stove   	
Defective  wiring	
44,672
Stores and apartments 	
$5,478
25
Electrical appliances	 N 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND
GAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
85
Exposure      	
l
l
2
2
1
2
1
3
1
1
5
2
3
1
1
7
1
1
1
1
5
6
1
3
1
1
1
1
4
1
2
1
1
1
16
3
3
2
1
2
2
6
$3,512
15
51
19
11
130
25
333
87
Live coal    	
Matches, children with           	
Sparks  from chimney   .*.	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected  	
$9,686
$3,291
2,389
11
2,881
350
25
944
163
25
14
3
1,577
20,229
12
30
Electrical  appliances	
31,902
$104
102
18
45
3,660
272
2,592
Match  carelessness     	
Short circuit        	
Ashes against wood ..   	
Defective chimney   	
6,793
$280
54
95
1,086
106
263
31
51
18,738
3
Matches,   children  with  — 	
Sparks  from chimney
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected 	
Overheated electric motor    	
Short circuit .—    	
20,704
$5
1,471
1
4
1,476
125
$30
2
33
450
6
13
515
$50
1,000
4,800
75
700
6,625
$49
4,500
50
30
279
1,735
19,343
\
Sparks  from  welding-machine 	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected 	
25,986 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1937.
N 21
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes*
Amount of Loss.
1
Sparks from welding-machine —         1
Unknown   —         1
                $241
1
1,838
1
               1,713
.   .        2
$125
3,009
845
  _  3,009
Totals	
       $2,144,078 N 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1933-37.
Cause of Fire.
Loss of Life.
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1
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4
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VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Charles F. BankielDj Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1938.
$75-438-3739 

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