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 TWELFTH ANNUAL REPORT
OP
THE FIEE MAESHAL
FOR   THE   PROVINCE   OF
BEITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICS, 1933
PRINTED BY
AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE  ASSEMBLY.
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Chables F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1934.  To His Honour J. W. Fordham Johnson,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour :
The undersigned has the honour to present the Twelfth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal
for the year ended December 31st, 1933.
GORDON McG. SLOAN,
Attorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 1931,. :
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TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Page.
Report of Fire Marshal  5
Table I.—Inspections made and Orders issued  6, 7
Table II.—Fires reported  8, 9
Table III.—Causes of Fires  10,11
Table IV.—Classification of Property  11-18
Table V.—Summary  19
Table VI.—Loss of Life  20 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL.
Office of Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 29th, 1934.
The Honourable Gordon McG. Sloan, K.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—Pursuant to section 34 of the " Fire Marshal Act," I have the honour to submit my
Twelfth Annual Report for the year ended December 31st, 1933, together with statistics showing
the number of fires and causes responsible.
Our records show a fire loss throughout the Province amounting to $1,852,253, a decrease
of $1,446,752 over the year 1932, or 43.8 per cent., and 61 per cent, lower than the peak year, 1930.
There were six lives lost through fire. One serious conflagration, ascribed to a defective
chimney, occurred during the year in the City of Cumberland. Two other cities, Armstrong and
Grand Forks, reported fires involving a considerable amount of property. Conditions such as
caused these fires may be duplicated in many other cities and towns in the Province, and while
they do exist we may expect to have serious losses should fires occur. A disturbing factor in
this connection is that, owing to the economic conditions, many cities and municipalities are
cutting down the work of fire prevention. If this continues we can look for a serious increase
in our fire losses in the not-far-distant future.
Educational Woi-k, Fire Prevention Week.—This work has been carried on in the cities of
Victoria by the Arictoria and District Fire Insurance Agents' Association; Arancouver, by the
Fire Chief and the Insurance and Financial Bureau of the Vancouver Board of Trade; and in
Nelson by the Fire Chief, members of the Council, and other prominent citizens.
Fire Investigations.—This work has been diligently carried out during the year. Seventy-
three suspicious fires were investigated. Nine persons were charged with arson; five convicted
and four acquitted. Four persons were charged with fraud arising out of claims for insurance;
three were convicted and one acquitted.    Nine inquiries were held under section 12 of the Act.
Twenty appeals under section 20 have been received and passed on by the Fire Marshal.
One appeal from the decision of the Fire Marshal was made to the Courts, but was dismissed
and the Fire Marshal upheld.
Theatres and Film Exchanges.—Under Part IV. of the Act eighty-four theatres were licensed
to operate during the year. One hundred and sixty-five inspections were made and 1,400,000
feet of nitro-cellulose film was removed from service and destroyed. Fifty-four inspections of
film exchanges were made and sixteen orders for changes issued.
Public and Private Hospitals.—Owing to the economic situation prevailing the conditions
found in many of these hospitals were far from satisfactory, but, taking into consideration the
lack of funds, everything humanly possible is being done to keep a reasonably safe standard.
Government Institutions.—Regular, and special inspections as requested, of all Government
institutions and buildings, including the Parliament Buildings and Court-houses, have been made
by the staff of this office and reports on conditions found sent to the departments having jurisdiction. While, as noted in my report of 1932, conditions in some of these buildings, due to their
construction and occupancy, is not ideal, yet we feel that under careful supervision they are
reasonably safe.
Unorganized Districts.—In the unorganized districts of the Province the work of fire prevention, inspection, and investigation has been carried on by the members of the Provincial
Police Force, acting with the consent of Colonel McMullin. The men employed are increasing
in efficiency and they achieved splendid results during the year. Our thanks are due to Colonel
McMullin and the members of his force for their splendid co-operation.
Thanks are also due to the officials and officers of the several municipalities who assisted in
our investigations, and to the members of my staff who have carried out their duties in their
usual efficient manner.
I have the honour to be,
Sir.
Your obedient servant,
J. A. THOMAS,
Fire Marshal. C 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE I.
-INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS.
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
City Municipalities (33).
8
149
73
1,032
45
18
424
154
261
687
19
4
513
1,368
3,731
1,433
130
70
244
840
1,002
20
1,924
35,548
178
5,189
3
11
27
23
16
14
8
2
9
7
3
2
44
329
138
30
6
86
277
89
6
Trail	
81
2,832
57
99
Totals    .    .
55,064
4,199
District Municipalities  (28).
6
19
206
50
23
123
17
3
Delta     ..              . .            	
2
9
Oak Bay	
5 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1933.
C 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
District Municipalities—Continued.
18
Totals	
462
19
Village
Mnnicipah
ties  (IS).
84
288
119
38
48
60
4
26
13
8
Torino	
Totals	
637
51
Fire Districts
(12).
59
2
138
476
118
42
9
10
2
35
Totals	
835
56
56,998
74,441
72,821
60,136
56,954
4,325
5,753
6,852
6,912
6,832
1932..
1931-
1930-
Grand totals,
1929 C 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
City Municipalities (33).
3
11
9
8
9
44
5
2
12
13
13
1
21
4
4
34
13
62
32
7
3
2
17
29
9
19
1
18
1,132
9
202
$1,869
20,258
37,181
7,191
1.840
123,903
1,799
66
15,947
19,870
894
4,984
8.555
438
2.442
4,903
3,603
8,548
11,733
5,464
1,062
621
19,047
26,013
7,579
12,506
10
Trail	
1,098
334,018
9,383
44,777
Totals	
1,748
$737,602
District Municipalities (28).
85
17
3
9
1
24
2
7
16
30
14
9
9
22
44
14
4
25
44
3
8
6
29
3
35
$42,947
20,264
2,192
5.853
Delta	
966
3,472
749
Kent         	
7.731
16,509
Maple Ridge	
66,514
15,787
24,496
1,382
31,837
Oak Bay	
1,882
15,334
Pitt Meadows           ..    .
9,613
35,152
20,956
Salmon Arm	
4.536
Spallumcheen _                                     ..    .
21,048
14,194
Summerland	
28,977
612
Tadanac	
West Vancouver            	
5,036
Totals	
463
$398,039 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1933.
C 9
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Village Municipalities  (16).
8
1
2
5
1
4
2
2
4
1
3
$17,516
903
684
2,301
19
4,300
16,572
5,100
4,650
175
12,600
Totals    	
33
$64,820
Fire Districts (12).
41
2
98
68
5
5
30
7
24
34
15
62
$81,839
85
231,294
72,806
3,067
202
47,350
140
60,470
20,747
26,185
107,607
Totals	
391
$651,792
2,635
$1,852,253
Note.—Construction of buildings—
Fire-resisting         19,
Brick or concrete      174,
Frame  2,442,
loss
2,635,
$950
117,815
1,733,488
$1,852,253 C 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE HI,—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Ashes against wood	
Boiler insufficiently protected	
Boiling wax ignited from hot bar	
Brush drying in oven ignited	
Candle carelessness	
Carburettor back-firing	
Car upset	
Children playing with fire	
Clothes too near fireplace	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe	
Coal-gas explosion	
Coal-oil carelessness	
Curtains from candle	
Curtains from lamp	
Curtains from stove	
Defective battery connection	
Defective chimney ...
Defective fireplace	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe	
Defective gas connection	
Defective gasoline-lantern	
Defective gasoline-stove	
Defective gasoline-torch	
Defective matches	
Defective oil-burner ,	
Defective oil-stove	
Defective range oil-burner	
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances	
Emulsion piling up on tension-shoes	
Exposure	
Fire-crackers	
Friction on rope-drive	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected
Gas explosion	
Gas-furnace back-firing	
Gasoline carelessness	
Gasoline explosion	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe	
Gasoline-pump damaged by car	
Gasoline-torch carelessness	
Gas-radiator back-firing '.	
Grease dripping on hot sawdust	
Grease on stove	
Hot metal dropped on car	
Incendiary	
Incense-burner upset -	
Lamp explosion	
Lamp igniting paint-fumes	
Lamp upset	
Lantern upset	
Lightning	
Live coals	
Loose pulley caused friction	
Match carelessness	
Matches, children with	
Mattress too near stove	
Naphtha carelessness	
Oil-furnace back-firing	
Oil-stove upset	
Overheated electric motor	
Overheated machinery bearings	
Paper from fireplace	
Paper from stove	
24
3
1
1
24
35
6
2
2
67
13
4
9
1
9
1
183
22
1
2
1
6
11
2
1
19
30
135
1
10S
14
1
14
4
2
20
2
4
2
3
1
1
31
1
49
1
2
1
6
4
1
30
1
34
22
2
1
3
1
1
1
1
5
$5,249
285
18
9
496
5,633
1,475
19
123
15,367
12,451
742
197
35
194
100
137,376
6,471
5,441
1,047
2,750
2,837
95
160
2,833
40
1,057
12,045
34,920
15,402
191
163,921
2,531
3,000
6,590
205
53
10,123
138
902
107
423
95
26
18,500
14
163,125
6
3,298
2,261
4,025
2,038
1,423
851
100
786
2,307
1,369
644
45
5
72
85
27
83 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1933.
C 11
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued.
Causes of Fires.
Amount of
Loss.
Roofing material being heated, ignited	
Sawdust-burner back-firing	
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from boiler	
Sparks from burning rubbish	
Sparks from bush fire	
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from Christmas crackers	
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from fireplace	
Sparks from furnace or furnace-pipe	
Sparks from mill burner	
Sparks from picker-machine	
Sparks from smudge fire	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe....	
Spontaneous combustion	
Static electricity	
Stove explosion	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Sulphur burning	
Sun's rays	
Tar boiling over	
Thawing pipes	
Turpentine upset on stove	
Unknown	
Varnish boiling over ...
Wood too near furnace :.	
Wood too near stove	
Totals	
2,635
$248
59
53
24,550
107,744
40,375
1,117
12,768
91,646
9
75
3,397
197
9,302
14,178
2,555
33,355
33,977
930
375
69,164
79
42
6,545
2,907
52
730,818
221
3,298
7,981
$1,852,253
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Apartments      125
Armouries
Ashes against wood   1
Candle carelessness   2
Clothes too near stove   2
Curtains from stove   2
Defective chimney   ■      4
Defective fireplace   3
Defective matches   2
Defective oil-burner   5
Defective wiring   4
Electrical appliances   11
Exposure   1
Grease on stove   4
Match  carelessness  2
Oil-furnace back-firing    1
Sawdust-burner  back-firing    2
Smokers' carelessness   61
Sparks from chimney   8
Sparks from fireplace   3
Spontaneous combustion  1
Stove explosion   1
Stove insufficiently protected  1
Unknown   3
Wood too near furnace   1
Smokers' carelessness   1
$20
47
7
5
88
401
30
401
7,043
349
15
197
17
8
53
8,107
1,633
41
4,048
1,707
2,218
$26,446
20 C 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Automobile camps
Automobiles 	
139
Bakeries 	
Banks 	
Barber-shops
Barns 	
Clubs
Beauty-parlours  	
Blacksmith-shops  ....
Boarding-houses 	
Boat-building works
Boat-houses 	
Bunk-houses	
Chicken-houses  	
Churches   	
Paper from stove
Carburettor back-firing 	
Car upset  	
Defective battery connection
Defective wiring 	
Gasoline  carelessness   	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe 	
Hot metal dropped on car ....
Incendiary 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown	
Stove insufficiently protected
Exposure 	
Smokers' carelessness
2   Electrical appliances
Exposure 	
Exposure	
Fire-crackers 	
Incendiary 	
Lantern upset 	
Smokers' carelessness ....
Sparks from bush fire ....
Sparks from smudge fire
Spontaneous combustion
Unknown 	
Exposure
Defective furnace 	
Gasoline-torch carelessness
Exposure 	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from chimney
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
Short circuit .
Unknown 	
Incendiary 	
Lamp upset 	
Thawing pipes
Unknown 	
Ashes against wood 	
Exposure 	
Furnace-pipe insufficiently protected
Matches, children with 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Spontaneous combustion 	
Stove insufficiently protected 	
Electrical appliances 	
Furnace insufficiently protected .
Match carelessness	
Sparks from chimney 	
33
$2,325
6
1,475
1
100
3
709
4
230
4
902
1
14
2
700
46
2,473
24
1,055
15
4,440
1
882
2
$0,097
2
65
1
$12
1
444
1
$718
1
200
3
4,205
2
1,287
2
13,052
1
2,275
1
1,755
2
8,121
23
35,020
66,633
650
1
1
$3,550
1
15
3,565
1
$1,700
3
27
1
10
1,737
1
$115
1
1,550
1,665
1,300
1
2
3,729
1
$1,100
1
60
1
40
5
3,359
1
$26
1
1,800
1
21
1
181
1
100
2
1,580
1
26
3,734
1
$51
1
24
1
67
2
23
165 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1933.
C 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Dairies          1
Dry-cleaning establishments- 2
Dwellings  1,797
Sparks from chimney   1
Gasoline carelessness  1
Static electricity   1
Ashes against wood   18
Brush drying in oven ignited   1
Candle carelessness   22
Children playing with fire   2
Clothes too near fireplace   2
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe   64
Coal-gas explosion  12
Coal-oil carelessness  2
Curtains from candle   9
Curtains from lamp   1
Curtains from stove  5
Defective chimney   153
Defective fireplace  20
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe   5
Defective gas connection  1
Defective gasoline-stove    1
Defective gasoline-torch   1
Defective matches  '.  3
Defective oil-burner   1
Defective oil-stove   1
Defective range oil-burner   1
Defective stove or stove-pipe   16
Defective wiring   22
Electrical appliances   103
Exposure   37
Fire-crackers   8
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected 10
Gas explosion   3
Gas-furnace back-firing  2
Gasoline carlessness   9
Gasoline-torch carelessness   1
Grease on stove   22
Incendiary   26
Incense-burner upset   1
Lamp explosion   2
Lamp igniting paint-fumes   1
Lamp upset   5
Lightning  1
Live coals   30
Match  carelessness  27
Matches, children with   19
Mattress too near stove   2
Oil-furnace back-firing  2
Oil-stove upset   1
Paper from fireplace   1
Paper from stove  3
Sawdust-burner back-firing   1
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected   1
Short circuit   15
Smokers'  carelessness   30S
Sparks from burning rubbish   8
Sparks from bush fire   2
Sparks from chimney   220
Sparks from Christmas crackers   1
Sparks from fireplace   192
Sparks from furnace   4
Sparks from mill burner   1
Sparks from smudge fire   1
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe   42
Spontaneous combustion   7
$260
17
$4,529
9
449
19
123
16,515
2,080
434
197
35
98
121.301
0,072
1,869
975
29
95
29
10
15
1,057
6.980
26,946
10.S06
14,342
371
5,584
187
53
550
60
865
36,240
6
3.298
2,261
3,965
1,423
851
661
2,108
1,369
37
5
27
53
6
8
3,872
16.353
911
2,512
85,463
9
3,349
197
30
800
25,310
7,370
$13
277 C 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Stove explosion 	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected-
Sulphur burning	
Sun's rays 	
Tar boiling over 	
Thawing pipes 	
Turpentine upset on stove 	
Unknown 	
Varnish boiling over 	
Wood too near furnace 	
Wood too near stove 	
Electrical  plants    1
Electric-light poles   1
Elevators (grain)   2
Engines     1
Factories (bed and mattress) 3
Factories (biscuit and candy) 1
Factories (box)   1
Factories (broom)   1
Factories (furniture)   1
Factories (jam)     1
Factories (metal and rubber) 1
Factories (paint)     1
Factories (rubber mat)   1
Factories (sash and door).... 2
Fishing-boats   1
Fish-salteries  1
Flour-mills  2
Foundries     1
Gaols     1
Garages    26
Unknown
Exposure
Loose pulley caused friction
Static electricity 	
Short circuit
Defective chimney 	
Sparks from picker-machine
Sparks from stove 	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from mill burner 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Boiler insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Gasoline-torch carelessness 	
Varnish boiling over 	
Smokers' carelessness
Incendiary 	
Unknown 	
Carburettor back-firing
Exposure 	
Overheated electric motor ....
Stove insufficiently protected
Sparks from chimney	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected .
Ashes against wood 	
Exposure 	
Fire-crackers 	
Furnace insufficiently protected ...
Gasoline carelessness 	
Gas-radiator back-firing 	
Short circuit  :	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from burning rubbish 	
Spontaneous combustion 	
Unknown 	
7
$349
89
63,699
1
79
2
42
1
1,234
8
2,477
1
52
180
238,351
1
65
5
1,080
20
7,981
$736,587
1
3,800
1
2,000
1
$100
1
913
1,013
1
300
1
$19
1
14,178
1
185
14,382
1
2,341
1
434
1
8
1
120
1
1,003
1
348
1
156
1
820
1
$176
1
17,211
17,387
1
2,308
1
235
1
$72
1
25
97
25
1
1
15
1
$10
3
671
1
10
1
683
1
50
1
95
2
1,634
2
7,376
1
51
1
5
12
39,392
49 977 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1933.
C 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND
CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
10
Electrical appliances	
Gasoline-pump damaged by car 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
l
l
1
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
4
1
1
4
1
1
1
3
4
1
1
2
1
34
5
5
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
$1,000
96
125
107
23
402
385
5,410
1
1
Unknown 	
Gasoline carelessness	
$7,548
125
$145
100
2,875
766
4
11
2
3,120
Halls 	
$148
3,636
1,950
46
4,311
13,654
Sparks from chimney 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Defective chimney 	
Defective fireplace 	
Defective matches 	
23,745
$12
2
63
7
14
Hotels 	
$1,011
18
101
25
41
20,316
15
16,552
14,913
75
1,173
2,120
64,112
Exposure 	
Grease on stove 	
Incendiary 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Coal-oil carelessness	
120,472
$300
25
3,810
100
1,300
3
2
2
3
12
Unknown 	
Exposure 	
5,535
$1,750
85
16
Unknown 	
Coal-oil carelessness 	
1,851
19,111
Logging camps 	
$500
18,611
Machine-shops	
$8
45
Incendiary 	
Sparks from bush fire 	
53
$17,399
481
3,911
21,791
$648
72
291
109
1,800
Defective gas connection 	
Exposure 	 C 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Paper-mills    2
Pole camps   3
Power-houses   2
Printing-offices     3
Pump-houses   1
Railway-coaches   3
Relief camps   1
Restaurants   10
Rinks  	
Rooming-houses
32
Sawmills
Schools
12
11
Smokers' carelessness   2
Sparks from chimney   1
Sparks from stove   1
Spontaneous combustion   1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Boiling wax ignited from hot bar   1
Friction on rope-drive   1
Incendiary   2
Unknown   1
Overheated machinery bearings   1
Short circuit   1
Exposure   1
Naphtha  carelessness    1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Unknown   1
Defective stove   1
Sparks from stove   1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Incendiary   1
Defective chimney   2
Defective  gasoline-lantern    1
Defective stove-pipe   1
Exposure   1
Grease oh stove   1
Smokers' carelessness   2
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Unknown   1
Unknown  1
Clothes too near stove   2
Curtains from stove  1
Defective oil-burner   2
Electrical appliances   2
Gas explosion   1
Incendiary   1
Match carelessness  1
Matches, children with   1
Paper from stove  1
Smokers' carelessness   10
Sparks from chimney  : 5
Sparks from fireplace   1
Sparks from stove  1
Stove explosion   1
Stove insufficiently protected   2
Smokers' carelessness   1
Sparks from boiler   2
Sparks from bush fire  1
Sparks from mill burner   2
Unknown   6
Exposure   1
Furnace-pipe Insufficiently protected   1
Incendiary   1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Sparks from chimney   1
Unknown   6
$30
42
3,492
297
200
$18
3,000
$48,125
1,900
$85
27
644
56
$5,000
40
76
$113
2,750
5
30
45
19
60
860
$20
89
1,385
19
18
5
5
10
5
449
99
5
263
20
484
$22,362
36,600
7,500
8,500
82,287
$32
25
1,000
75
6
10,772
$6,981
3,018
50,025
112
734
525
5,116
1,253
3,882
5,500
2,876
157,249
11,910 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1933.
C 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Sheds
Shingle-mills
Stores and apartments
Stores and dwellings
Stores and hotels
13
Shipyards    :  1
Smelting plants    1
Smoke-houses  1
Stables  2
Stores  87
11
40
Defective chimney   1
Exposure  1
Gasoline carelessness   1
Gasoline explosion   1
Lantern upset „  1
Sparks from burning rubbish   3
Sparks from chimney   1
Tar boiling over  1
Unknown   3
Short circuit  1
Sparks from engine   1
Sparks from mill burner  1
Spontaneous combustion  1
Unknown  2
Unknown  ' 1
Sparks from boiler  1
Grease dripping on hot sawdust  1
Unknown   2
Defective chimney  2
Defective gasoline-stove  1
Electrical appliances   7
Exposure    30
Fire-crackers  2
Gasoline carelessness  1
Incendiary  2
Short circuit   5
Smokers' carelessness  .'  16
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected  5
Unknown   16
Grease on stove   1
Match carelessness   2
Matches, children with  1
Short circuit   1
Smokers'  carelessness    5
Unknown   1
Ashes against wood   1
Curtains from stove  1
Defective chimney  6
Electrical appliances   3
Exposure  10
Gasoline carelessness  1
Gasoline explosion   1
Grease on stove   1
Incendiary   2
Roofing material being heated, ignited   1
Short circuit  1
Smokers'  carelessness   4
Sparks from chimney   2
Sparks from fireplace   1
Sparks from stove   2
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected  2
Thawing pipes  1
Unknown   6
Smokers'  carelessness   1
$590
50
65
120
125
155
o
1,000
220
$5,568
75
338
12,108
11,933
$14
2,808
1,767
54,988
22
5,195
1,467
366
2,701
3,204
67,029
$722
11
8
14
2,492
1,001
$10
o
11,788
2,170
36,311
1,660
18
10
1.255
248
49
112
2,040
2
2,333
230
5
23,074
$2,327
30,022
1,018
400
26
2,017
139,561
81,323
87 C 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
17
8
23
1
1
2
1
Defective chimney 	
1
1
          1
$10,371
15
222
47
11,569
47
29,543
Electrical appliances 	
     '    8
          1
          3
Defective stove 	
1
4
1
          1
$51,814
Stores, offices, and rooms...
$60
215
22
32
2,786
Unknown 	
Defective chimney 	
Defective oil-burner 	
          1
3
2
          1
3,115
$2,018
1,032
15
12,811
1,913
275
1,347
114
5,793
Exposure 	
          5
          1
Furnace-pipe insufficiently protected ......
Gasoline carelessness 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown 	
Short circuit 	
Exposure 	
1
1
6
3
1
1
1
25 318
Street-cars 	
571
5,000
$55
191
Emulsion piling up on tension-shoes 	
1
          1
246
626
3
1
13
1
1
$200
12,050
Unknown 	
2
           1
12,250
5,828
$20
5
27,659
218
1,700
46
70
14,629
Warehouses 	
Boiler insufficiently protected 	
1
1
Incendiary 	
Sparks from stove 	
o
2
1
1
1
4
Smokers' carelessness 	
1
44,347
19,000
Wood-working plants 	
Totals	
2,635
$1,852',253 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1933.
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TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1929-33.
Occupancy.
Cause of Fire.
Loss of Life.
Adults.
Children.
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Dwelling.	
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Totals, 1932..
Totals, 1931-
Totals, 1930..
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VICTOR1A, B.C.:
Printed by Charles P. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1934.

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