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 FOURTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT
of
THE EIRE MAESHAL
FOR  THE   PROVINCE   OF
BEITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICS, 1935
PRINTED BY
AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY.
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
PriDted by Charles F. Baxfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1930.  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 Fourteenth Annual Report of the Fire
Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1935.
GORDON McG. SLOAN,
Attorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 1936. 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  12
Table V.—Summary  21
Table VI.—Loss of Life  22 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL.
Office of Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1936.
The Honourable Gordon McG. Sloan, K.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I have the honour to submit my Fourteenth Annual Report for the year ended
December 31st, 1935, together with statistics showing fire causes and amounts of loss. While
we are grateful to be able to report a decrease of $46,799 for the whole Province as compared
with the same period in 1934, we are very sorry to note a serious increase in some of our cities
and district municipalities, which in cities amounted to $316,476 and in district municipalities,1
$122,894. There were two minor conflagrations during the year, one at Greenwood involving
a loss of $43,630 and one at Prince Rupert with a loss of $29,547.
An examination of the records reveals that the increased fire losses, in almost every case,
are parallel with the decrease in inspections and fire-prevention activities on the part of the
municipalities whose duty it is, under section 19 of the " Fire Marshal Act," to provide for a
regular system of inspection of buildings and premises within these districts. This laxity is
due in a large measure to financial conditions existing, but I submit that it is far cheaper to
put out a fire before it starts than after it gets under way. In this connection I might quote
the evidence of the Fire Chief of the City of Vancouver, given under oath at an inquiry into a
fire which involved a loss of $35,894 and an additional cost of approximately $2,000 to control
it, which he stated could have been prevented by a cost of $5 for the services of a qualified
inspector.
Regulations governing Inflammable Liquids.—A matter for our consideration is the number
of fires due to the careless handling of gasoline. The loss of life and property through this
source in the Dominion has been so serious that a meeting of all interested parties was held at
Ottawa under the direction of Dominion Government officials to discuss the question of the better
control of the sale and handling of these highly dangerous products. A copy of their findings
and recommendations with regard to this will be available in the very near future and submitted for your consideration. During the year a number of appliances which use gasoline
for fuel have been submitted to the National Research Council laboratories, but up to the time
of writing they have failed to receive approval, and are therefore prohibited in this Province.
Permits for the construction of one refinery plant and forty-nine wholesale and distributing
plants have been issued during the year.
Chimney Regulations.—The necessity for the strict enforcement of the Chimney Regulations is noted when we find that 278 fires, with a loss of $192,697 due to defective chimneys,
furnaces, and stoves, were reported last year.
Fire Records.—The increased cost of keeping fire records has been brought to our attention. At the last meeting of the Association of Canadian Fire Marshals the fact was brought
out that this was to a large extent due to the great number of small fires, with losses running
from $1 to $25 each, which are reported by the insurance companies. These small losses entail
a vast amount of work in recording and a great increase in the size of our files. In this
Province last year we had 976 fires recorded, with a loss of from $1 to $15 each.
Fire Investigations.—While all fires have been reported and investigated by the local
Assistant Fire Marshals and the Provincial Police, all important cases are handled from this
office by the Deputy Fire Marshal, W. A. Walker. He has conducted 125 investigations into
suspicious fires during the year. Fourteen inquiries have been held under section 12 of the
Act. Two prosecutions, one for arson and one for perjury arising out of evidence given at
an inquiry, are now before the Courts. Sixteen prosecutions for violations of the regulations
were conducted and sixteen convictions obtained.
Theatre Regidations, Part IV. of the " Fire Marshal Act."—Under these regulations 133
theatres were licensed in 1935, an increase of thirty-six over the previous year. Seven new
theatres were built and twelve remodelled and brought up to standard.    Plans for the above J 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
were checked and approved in this office. During the year 189 theatre inspections were made
by Mr. Oswald, of the staff, and seventy-eight orders to remedy dangerous conditions were
issued and enforced. Two hundred and twenty-one projectionists were licensed and thirty-two
examinations were conducted by members of the Examination Board, twenty-three of which
passed and were granted certificates.
Film Exchanges.—Forty-two inspections of film exchanges were made and sixteen orders
for improvements were issued; 1,742,000 feet of nitro-cellulose film was removed from service
and either destroyed or shipped out of the Province.
Oil-burner Regulations.—Under these regulations thirty-six oil-burners have been
approved for sale in the Province. Acting on the authority of the National Research Council
laboratories, 2,157 labels have been issued by this office during the year after inspections made
by Mr. Oswald, who is the authorized representative of the National Research Council.
Amendments to the regulations passed during the year which permitted the wider use of this
equipment have been found satisfactory.
Public and Private Hospitals.—Acting at the request of the Department of the Honourable
the Provincial Secretary, sixty-one inspections of hospitals have been made by members of
the staff and in almost every case orders issued to remove defects and bring them to a higher
standard of safety.
Government Institutions and Buildings.—Periodical inspections of Government buildings
have been made during the year and reports made to the various departments interested.
Other Public Buildings.—One thousand four hundred and ninety inspections of other
buildings classified as public buildings under section 2 of the " Fire Marshal Act" have been
made by members of the staff, and dangerous conditions brought to the attention of the local
Assistant Fire Marshals having jurisdiction, for their prompt attention. Fourteen appeals
from their orders have been made to the Fire Marshal and passed upon. In only two instances
were appeals taken to the Courts.    These cases were dismissed.
National Research Council.—It is only right in this report to refer to the splendid work
in the interests of fire-prevention being carried out by the National Research Council laboratories. Their work along the line of testing appliances likely to promote fire and their advice
and co-operation in all matters referred to them has been found of great value and assistance
in our work and is highly appreciated.
Provincial Police.—The co-operation of the officers and men in the matter of fire-prevention
and investigation of fires is gratefully- acknowledged. The reduced fire losses in the unorganized districts patrolled by them are largely due to the work they are doing.
Assistant Fire Marshals.—I wish further to express my appreciation of the work being
done by the local Assistant Fire Marshals throughout the Province. This work is being
carried out under serious handicaps and often without remuneration. Acknowledgment is also
due to the members of the staff for their co-operation and efficiency in carrying out the duties
assigned to them.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
J. A. THOMAS,
Fire Marshal. REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1935.
J 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS.
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
City Municipalities (S3).
9
27
1
46
821
60
25
2
313
113
277
856
54
43
589
1,604
3,262
891
169
69
276
1,292
102
883
41
1,998
27,461
155
8,648
8
1
37
3
3
14
4
8
9
19
4
96
468
72
23
5
114
131
7
62
96
3,155
28
244
50,067
4,611
District Municipalities (28).
210
11
16
55
9
46
157
16
213
124
14
11
4
Kent                         _	
1
Oak Bay     -	
2
6 J 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE L—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Name.
District Municipalities—Continued.
Surrey-	
Tadanac-
West Vancouver..
Totals—
Village Municipalities (17).
Abbotsford—
Burns Lake-
Creston	
Gibsons Landing,.
HHope..
Mission—
McBride..
New Denver—
Pouce Coupe-
Quesnel	
Silverton.	
Smithers	
Stewart	
Terrace	
Toflno	
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..
Grand totals, 1934...
Grand totals, 1933...
Grand totals, 1932...
Grand totals, 1931...
Inspections.
35
26
14
390
4
26
30
68
45
25
88
13
742
109
85
506
153
243
10
1,108
52,849
53,150
56,998
74,441
72,821
Orders.
4,742
3,502
4,325
5,753
6,852 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1935.
J 9
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
City Municipalities (S3).
5
5
10
5
7
10
4
14
12
17
14
4
23
3
4
52
29
70
36
15
o
5
6
38
14
11
1
22
1,266
15
180
$3,640
665
1,104
648
1,432
1,885
3,434
1,300
2,066
43,655
3,609
1,616
2,503
178
290
6,928
12,678
22,551
2,438
4,497
3,305
Port Moody _ -    	
2,885
2,306
32,439
3,778
22,742
1,609
Slocan- __	
Trail     	
1,365
467,425
Vancouver....	
Vernon _ _	
2,124
102,963
Totals	
1,900
$759,958
District Municipalities (28).
Burnaby.. __  	
82
12
4
6
7
11
2
7
18
25
18
4
11
27
57
2
18
2
28
37
3
7
1
45
11
34
$30,835
10,924
26,818
3,866
2,200
1,635
Chilliwack 	
Coldstream— _ __           	
Coquitlam __ _	
Delta      	
Esquimalt _	
Fraser Mills  ■	
Glenmore - - _ „_	
1,660
2,693
16,722
32,591
16,100
3,548
2,339
19,186
3,688
Kent- —_	
Maple Ridge. ' 	
Matsqui  	
Mission _ _    	
North Cowichan 	
North Vancouver	
Oak Bay	
Peachland	
Penticton	
2,243
4,370
27,458
20,401
5,332
Pitt Meadows	
Richmond—	
Salmon Arm..	
Spallumcheen—	
Sumas— ..__._	
4,883
1,662
82,503
Summerland—	
Surrey 	
4,746
55,707
West Vancouver	
Totals	
479
$384,373 J 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED-
—Continued.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Village Municipalities (17).
6
2
2
3
6
8
3
$3,108
2,722
1,033
560
7,827
6,221
1,927
Totals	
30
$23,398
Fire Districts (12).
45
5
84
103
6
5
20
10
31
26
12
68
$147,128
635
112,396
202,241
3,370
54
92,520
393
53,523
34,561
9,311
117,841
Totals.	
415
$773,973
2,824
$1,941,702
L_
Note.—Construction of buildings—
Fire-res is tinsr.._ _	
20, loss
206,    „
2,598,    „      1,
$441
273,171
Frame - _	
668,090
2,824,    „    $1,941,702 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1935.
J 11
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Acetylene-torch carelessness	
Ashes against wood	
Boiler insufficiently protected.. 	
Broken oil-line-  	
Bunsen burner, carelessness with	
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 brooder	
Defective chimney _	
Defective fireplace..    	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe	
Defective gas connection.... 	
Defective installation of dry-kiln 	
Defective lamp   	
Defective matches  _	
Defective oil-burner	
Defective oil-stove   	
Defective oven   	
Defective sawdust-burner... _	
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
Defective vacuum-tank	
Defective wiring	
Dutch oven back-firing	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure  	
Film igniting from hot aperture-plate 	
Fire-crackers	
Fuel-oil dropping on overheated engine	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected..
Gas explosion..	
Gaoline carelessness	
Gasoline explosion , 	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe 	
Gasoline-pump damaged by car 	
Gasoline-torch carelessness 	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected-	
Grease on stove 	
Hot metal on wood- __ _  	
Incendiary  	
Incense-burner explosion 	
Incense-burner upset... _	
Knives laid on stove, handles ignited	
Lamp explosion  	
Lamp upset    ___	
Lantern upset 	
Lightning  	
Live coals  	
Match carelessness   .	
Matches, children with -..
Oil explosion 	
Oil-furnace back-firing __
Oil-stove explosion  _ _	
Oil-stove upset	
Overheated machinery bearings	
Sawdust-burner back-firing 	
4
25
2
1
1
20
33
17
7
1
45
7
1
3
2
169
25
6
2
1
4
7
13
1
1
2
26
1
41
1
86
108
4
24
1
11
2
26
5
4
1
3
1
41
3
34
1
1
1
4
10
1
6
29
50
44
1
3
1
1
2
4
$1,324
5,073
814
5
3
721
6,289
8,115
712
10
1,968
2,858
384
64
1,450
77
17
1,331
135,651
2,876
2,709
99
254
477
91
819
19
2,985
15
28,126
350
26,367
1,032
2,757
112,911
825
836
12
1,133.
33
9,894
1,600
524
537
205
43
2,169
2,371
129,763
3
10
2
6,093
16,071
3,926
405
1,569
2,796
12,284
4,000
212
3,300
491
3,451
320 J 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
1
$16
115
19,052
581
35,013
2
1,402
11
12,473
5
2,561
324
133,828
1
18
1
499
5
65,486
214
7,049
3
2,704
5
559
6
374
2
7,976
10
4,729
1
33
52
23,335
19
80,060
3
415
1
70
3
24
115
60,198
2
24
7
995
29
16,107
293
899,716
3
371
3
500
15
12,484
2,824
$1,941,702
Seat-cover loosened and ignited from muffler-
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 engine 	
Sparks from fireplace -	
Sparks from forge _	
Sparks from furnace	
Sparks from grass fire 	
Sparks from grinding-machine..
Sparks from mill burner 	
Sparks from sanding-machine	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe..
Spontaneous combustion 	
Static electricity	
Stove explosion	
Stove-lid dropped on floor	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected-
Sun's rays—   ._.	
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.
2
$520
38
53
22
Clothes too near stove — - "
Curtains from stove -	
...            3
           3
                2
1
49
►                     2
226
4
51
5
4,934
1
75
Grease on stove - -	
          2
          2
32
340
Incense-burner explosion    -	
Live coals   	
          1
2
5
3
36
32
          1
154
2
127
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
4
        65
             10
490
1,207
834
Sparks from fireplace   - -	
          5
          1
109
1,228
          2
65
          1
10
          5
1,377 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1935.
J 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Amount of Loss.
Automobile camps
Automobiles
Bakeries
Banks
Barns
Battery-manufacturing plants.
Blacksmith-shops   	
Boarding-houses   	
Boat-houses
Bottling-works
Breweries 	
Bridges  ____ —
205
30
Sparks from fireplace
Unknown 	
Carburettor back-firing .
Car upset  _
Coal-oil  carelessness  . 	
Defective battery connection
Defective  vacuum-tank   	
Defective  wiring  _.  	
Electrical appliances  —
Exposure   	
Gasoline  carelessness  	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe
Incendiary   .    	
Match  carelessness  	
Matches, children with    _
Seat-cover loosened and ignited from muffler .
Short circuit  — — 	
Smokers'  carelessness  _	
Sparks from burning rubbish
Sparks from grass fire 	
Unknown    _ —	
Exposure    	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from chimney
Wood too near stove _
Defective   oil-burner   __
Exposure  _	
Match carelessness  —
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from furnace
Exposure	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from burning rubbish
Sparks from bush fire — —
Sparks from chimney  	
Sparks from stove  —	
Spontaneous   combustion   	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown .- -	
Unknown    —
Sparks from forge	
Clothes too near stove-pipe - — -.
Exposure    __ _	
Smokers' carelessness - -	
Sparks from chimney   — -	
Sparks from fireplace   - —, —
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown —   - —
Unknown  ._, - -	
Defective chimney
Boiler insufficiently protected
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
$3
900
$2,772
8,115
384
17
350
1,004
10
3,945
378
524
235
774
3
16
6,915
1,141
54
3
6,645
$235
73
10
839
7,700
248
935
144
$1,025
425
666
2,289
400
700
1,360
7,780
20,679
$52
1,000
2,249
23
220
$14
2,000
$903
33,285
1,157
9,036
35,324
46
2,609
3,652
15,000
1,335
2,014 J 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
3
2
1
1
18
5
4
1
4
1,782
Sparks from stove-pipe	
Unknown   - —
Incendiary	
Unknown  ,	
1
2
1
1
1
1
3
2
1
1
2
1
1
7
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
13
20
7
1
39
6
3
1
1
141
22
4
1
2
6
6
1
23
22
58
43
20
7
2
14
2
31
1
15
$1,350
1,877
$3,227
78,176
50
Canneries 	
$15,180
62,996
5,000
$1,331
252
19
5,500
725
5
65
3,123
Defective stove   .	
Smokers' carelessness —	
Unknown	
11,020
$1,640
57
869
83
14
Unknown —
Defective wiring	
Smokers' carelessness	
Defective installation of dry-kiln	
Defective sawdust-burner	
Incendiary	
2,663
Clubs 	
$1,609
29
1,638
254
Cooperages	
Dry-cleaning establishments
$5
198
182
225
610
Dwellings   	
$150
1,850
2,772
712
10
1,703
2,761
64
750
6
94,063
2,683
2,637
77
225
72
407
10
22,586
18,497
1,305
15,632
564
416
33
2,960
133
767
5
12,342
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe 	
Coal-gas explosion	
Curtains from candle  	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe	
Defective gas connection  	
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances _	
Exposure _	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected .
Gasoline carelessness	
Grease on stove  	 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1935.
J 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Electrical plants .
Engines	
Factories (bed and mattress) ...
Factories  (box)
Factories (fireclay products)....
Factories (jam)
Factories (rope and twine).
Factories  (sash and door)...
Factories   (sausage)
Fences 	
Fishing-boats
Flour-mills ....
Incense-burner upset	
Knives laid on stove, handles ignited .
Lamp explosion	
Lamp upset  _ 	
Lantern upset  _	
Lightning	
Live coals  	
Match carelessness 	
Matches, children with
Oil-stove explosion 	
Sawdust-burner back-firing
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Sparks from burning rubbish
Sparks from bush fire 	
1
1
3
7
1
6
25
30
25
1
2
18
341
6
Sparks from chimney        271
Sparks from Christmas crackers .
Sparks from fireplace	
Sparks from furnace :	
Sparks from grass fire 	
Sparks from mill burner 	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe .
Spontaneous combustion 	
Stove-lid dropped on floor 	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected .
Sun's rays   	
Tar boiling over 	
Thawing pipes 	
Unknown	
Water-heater explosion	
Wood too near furnace	
Wood too near stove	
1
202
3
1
2
46
9
3
90
1
5
26
122
2
3
12
Sparks from grass fire ..
Carburettor hack-firing
Defective wiring .
Static electricity
Thawing pipes _.
Sparks from mill burner .
Unknown   —	
Matches, children with	
Sparks from grinding-machine
Short circuit	
Overheated machinery bearings .
Exposure   	
Matches, children with 	
Sawdust-burner back-firing 	
Sparks from sanding-machine
Unknown 	
Unknown .
Ashes against wood .
Unknown  	
Smokers' carelessness
Short circuit 	
$10
2
1,931
4,864
3,926
405
588
641
2,401
3,300
98
8,163
12,336
10,749
272
77,232
18
6,971
579
14,976
1,696
24
44,635
20
930
9,108
203,351
286
500
11,591
$2,954
30
6,972
$2,003
8,078
$117
402
$35
7,000
40
33
21,410
10
$607,873
71
65
10,081
519
113
172
28,518
641
16
50
15 J 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Foundries   	
7
1
Hot metal on wood ~.
Short circuit   -
Sparks from chimney	
2
1
1
1
$2,366
55
32
499
10
362
Sparks from forge — —
1
1
1
$3,324
50
3
Incendiary   —	
Unknown	
2
1
1
$24,643
48
24,691
15
Gaols  .'.,	
Garages  	
46
2
Acetylene-torch carelessness   	
1
1
$166
19
690
42
280
75
12
13
10
2,119
230
21
25
371
10
5
24,151
Carburettor back-firing _	
Defective oil-burner   —	
Defective wiring  _	
2
1
1
1
Fuel-oil dropped on overheated engine 	
1
2
1
Incendiary	
Match carelessness  	
Matches, children with  	
Smokers' carelessness — 	
Sparks from chimney    	
6
3
3
3
1
Tar boiling over     	
1
15
Gasoline-pump damaged by car	
Short circuit    	
Defective oil-burner ..	
1
1
1
1
28,239
$537
35
9.
572
$50
20
13
6
65
1
70
$66
18
5,125
1,500
91
3,000
7,253
1
Exposure  —   —
Matches, children with	
2
1
3
2
Unknown  	
3
1
17,053
$99
107
321
185
6
5
Coal-gas explosion  	
1
1
-
Grease on stove 	
Smokers' carelessness   	
1
1
1
3
723
Hotels 	
$15,628
70
176
25
2,141
10
135
1,859
44,343
70
3,364
1
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances   	
Exposure	
Gasoline carelessness	
Match carelessness      	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from chimney    	
Stove explosion  	
1
1
3
1
1
45
5
1
3
67,821 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1935.
J 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND  CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
12
6
3
$2,762
667
6,550
1,464
100
905
60
          1
Gasoline carelessness	
           2
           2
           1
  .          2
1
               1
$11,508
$5
5
366
6
150
10
9
           1
           1
                1
Sparks from grass fire 	
           1
           1
1
542
$217
64,505
57,193
3
Sparks from engine  -	
           4
          4
          1
121,915
$15
600
150
1
1
.....   .          1
Smokers' carelessness    	
1
765
5,445
Machine-shops    _	
2
8
18
1
1
          1
$95
85
$265
4,162
189
637
50,837
          1
Mining property _.___	
          1
180
          1
1
.    .         1
          4
...          1
56,090
$3
8
9,531
114
922
199
78
48
300
25
148
2
3
Incendiary _ —	
Live coals   	
          1
          1
          1
4
          2
          1
          1
           1
1
11,376
190
Oil-houses   — 	
          1
15
1
1
313
1
Short circuit ...	
          1
 __         1
10
4
$182
26
2,238
1
          1
           2
Overheated machinery bearings  ..—	
1
1
2,446
3,279
2
$141
650
1
          1
Smokers' carelessness - _	
1
791
10 J 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
7
60
19
7
1
$30
416
4
65
186
Defective wiring	
Grease on stove	
1
           1
          3
          1
          1
$701
Rooming-houses  	
$25
18
755
262
3
76
275
22
600
142
264
17
1,750
829
53
48
4
5,410
          2
           2
          4
1
          1
          1
          1
1
           2
          5
Short circuit	
          2
        16
Sparks from chimney  -	
         10
          5
Sparks from stove ..—	
          1
          1
-
          4
          1
10,553
$1,032
245
63,000
60
1,387
981
1,547
160
39,325
$1,218
10,092
47
1,000
2,150
          1
1
Short circuit	
1
1
            1
6
          1
          6
          1
107,737
1
          2
Matches, children with  	
...          1
1
2
Unknown  — ....
          1
          3
14,507
500
Sheds
32
2
$60
15
20
1,592
98
295
25
35
55
100
70
3,444
1
          1
Exposure	
         2
1
          3
:
          1
          4
■
          3
          1
          1
          11
Exposure  	
1
          1
5,809
$35
600
5
4
           5
635
53,899
1
$20
75,000
350
Spontaneous combustion	
           2
._     .           1
75,370 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1935.
J 19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
1
6
2
68
24
37
2
1
$655
1
$5
4,000
620
15
1
3
          1
2
4,640
10,493
Acetylene-torch carelessness  	
1
2
$58
2,466
19
750
177
10,883
20
295
210
23
71
4,945
4
275
5,600
2,232
37,545
54
Defective match  	
Defective wiring  	
1
1
4
        12
          2
          1
          3
1
2
Smokers' carelessness   ...
Sparks from burning rubbish  	
18
          1
2
          1
           4
10
          2
Defective chimney    . .
           2
           1
65,627
Stores and apartments 	
$30
22
2,985
174
286
19
980
5
48
58
8
35,928
1
          5
2
          1
          6
          1
          1
          1
          1
2
Clothes too near stove 	
1
4
40,543
Stores and dwellings 	
$150
5,224
40
25,764
154
207
43
7
5,281
6
20
6,724
           3
8
1
Gasoline carelessness   	
           1
1
2
7
.   -
.     ...          1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected  	
           1
          7
Smokers' carelessness	
Unknown   	
          1
1
          1
43,620
$51
3,593
3
3644
$11,114
10,832
10
2
2
21,946
$101
400
10,030
85
Smokers' carelessness	
          5
2
          1
10,616 J 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
1
32
1
1
$2,373
$21
5,877
321
9,000
50
491
73
384
60
40
17
19,908
Electrical appliances              2
Exposure            1
Lamp upset          1
Oil-stove upset — —               1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected          1
36,242
555
312
2
550
11
$65
700
7,275
825
50
65
16
3
2
19
1
8.99G
$100
200
700
Stove insufficiently protected           1
Unknown            1
Exposure             1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected            1
1,000
1,971
Undertaking-parlours 	
$1,800
171
$3,896
43
80
900
27
556
84
7,574
158,523
Gas-plate insufficiently protected           1
Incendiary           1
Sparks from chimney            1
171.G83
4,000
1
1
950
Exposure _          1
308
1
2,824
5.924
     2,824
Totals    ....          ..   ..
$1,941,702 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1935.
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TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1931-35.
Occupancy.
Cause of Fire.
Loss op Life.
Adults.
Children.
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
Unknown     	
Totals, 1935	
6
2
6
6
6
5
Totals, 1934-.-	
2
Totals, 1933	
Totals, 1932	
1
Totals. 1931 	
2
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Cuari.es F. Baxfielu, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1930.
700-436-8243  

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