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 SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT
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THE FIRE MAESHAL
FOR  THE   PROVINCE   OF
BRITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICS, 1938
PRINTED  BY
AUTHORITY  OF  THE  LEGISLATIVE  ASSEMBLY.
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1930.  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 Seventeenth Annual Report of the Fire
Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1938.
GORDON S. WISMER,
Attorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 1939. table;k)f contents.
Page.
Report of Fire Marshal  5
Table I.—Inspections made and Orders issued  6
Table II.—Fires   reported  8
Table III.—Causes of Fires  10
Table IV.—Classification of Property burned  12
Table V.—Summary _  20
Table VI.—Loss of Life  21 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL.
Office of Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1939.
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 Seventeenth Annual Report as Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1938,
together with statistics showing fire causes and losses in the Province. I am sorry to say it is
necessary to call your attention to an increase of $385,956 in fire losses over the year 1937.
This increase is due to greater losses in some of our cities.
Wholesale Gasoline Storage.—This matter, referred to in my last report, has been very
much before us due to the fact charges were made publicly that conditions existing in the City
of Vancouver were a serious hazard. One hundred and thirteen inspections were made of
these plants, both in the City of Vancouver and other districts, and they were found to be in
excellent condition, well up to the standards required by the American Petroleum Institute.
In view of the fact that for the last twenty years we have never had a fire in a gasoline
storage plant I feel that the situation in this Province with regard to gasoline storage is well
in hand.
Fire Investigations.—The report of the Deputy Fire Marshal, Mr. W. A. Walker, shows
that he has conducted 186 fire investigations during the year, seven inquiries under section
11 of the Act and seventy-four inspections. There were eleven prosecutions under the " Fire
Marshal Act " and regulations, resulting in eleven convictions; eleven prosecutions under the
Criminal Code with nine convictions;   one committed for trial and one acquittal.
The work of inspection has been carried out by Mr. W. A. Oswald. His report shows
that 1,483 general inspections, exclusive of theatres and hospitals, have been made during the
year.
Public Buildings.—Fifteen Government buildings were inspected by Mr. Oswald during
the year; also seventy-one public and private hospitals and sixty-four schools were inspected
in co-operation with local Assistant Fire Marshals.
In connection with orders issued by local Assistant Fire Marshals, eighty-six appeals
were made to the Fire Marshal and hearings granted. There were no appeals from his
decisions to the Courts.
Theatres and Film Exchanges.—Two hundred and seven inspections of theatres have
been made and forty-two orders issued to correct faults. Four new theatres were completed
and opened during the year. Forty-eight inspections were made of film exchanges and
145,000 feet of film removed from service. Forty-six candidates for projectionist licences
were examined, of whom thirty-eight were successful and received certificates.
Oil-burner Regulations.—One hundred and eighty-nine oil-burner installations were
checked by Mr. Oswald and 1,372 National Research Council approval labels for oil-burning
equipment were issued following inspections. In addition, 957 oil-burners previously labelled
by the National Research Council or the Underwriters' Laboratories, have been sold in the
Province.
I wish to express to my entire staff my appreciation of their loyalty and excellent
work; to members of the police throughout the Province for their co-operation and assistance;
to local Assistant Fire Marshals and to all insurance companies.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
J. A. THOMAS,
Fire Marshal. M 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE I.
—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED
FIRE MARSHALS.
BY ASSISTANT
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
City Municipalities  (S3).
1
62
24
66
1,276
55
37
16
344"
147
721
34
71
692
1,808
5,320
1,200
185
80
208
104
60
1,146
13
2,373
42,690
320
12,309
1
4
2
59
5
24
15
3
17
1
28
4
88
948
80
75
5
5
1
121
1
128
3,769
136
197
Nanaimo	
Trail   ,  	
Totals.   — _ _      	
71,362                   5,717
District Municijialities (28).
11
2
61
7
17
112
510
182
75
3
28
2
10
9
4
5
2
9
1
5
Delta	
"■
Esquimalt -  - ■ -  	
Kent       	
Oak Bay __   _ "  	 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1938.
M 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
District Municipalities—Continued.
26
Totals	
1,046
35
Village Municipalities (19).
20
32
402
23
20
58
72
2
5
39
14
Tofino    ___    	
9
Totals
627
69
Fire Districts (12).
119
129
21
4
552
57
327
29
12
86
24
1
1
3
14
1,336
43
74,371
5,864
68,079
66,549
52,849
53,150
5,826
Grand totals. 1936   	
5,929
4,742
3,502
— M
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED.
Districts reporting.
Number.
City Municipalities  (S3).
Alberni	
Armstrong _
Chilliwack...
Courtenay...
Cranbrook—
Cumberland .
Duncan	
Enderby	
Fernie	
Grand Forks _
Greenwood	
Kamloops. :_
Kaslo	
Kelowna	
Ladysmith	
Merritt	
Nanaimo	
Nelson	
New Westminster..
North Vancouver._.
Port Alberni 	
Port Coquitlam	
Port Moody	
Prince George	
Prince Rupert	
Revelstoke	
Rossland	
Salmon Arm	
Slocan  	
Trail 	
Vancouver..
Vernon	
Victoria	
Totals..
District Municipalities (28).
Burnaby	
Chilliwack__
Coldstream..
Coquitlam	
Delta	
Esquimau. .	
Fraser Mills..
Glenmore	
Kent	
Langley	
Maple Ridge..
Matsqui	
Mission .	
North Cowichan	
North Vancouver-
Oak Bay	
Peachland	
Penticton .
Pitt Meadows..
Richmond	
Saanich	
Salmon Arm...
Spallumcheen.-
Sumas	
Summerland....
Surrey	
Tadanac 	
West Vancouver^
7
4
8
7
10
5
13
7
5
4
14
12
7
5
41
24
72
38
16
5
4
9
15
6
11
14
27
1,559
11
246
2,206
82
18
3
5
9
14
1
4
19
17
19
4
13
15
53
2
25
4
41
62
3
3
25
14
45
516
Amount of
Loss.
$44,397
1,171
14,834
518
4,495
779
3,307
8,435
438
77
578
450
1,321
430
3,126
36,548
22,849
1,707
2,338
7,407
1,645
1,519
2,875
11,643
973
10,007
1,924
1,244,118
1,641
27,170
$1,458,720
$22,879
14,372
2,650
388
5,051
1,364
30
2,655
15,342
48,688
12,735
7,204
8,216
375
770
3,499
8,719
1,920
82,206
9,081
18,993
4,133
6,423
14,698
22,023
2,905
2,465
$319,784 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1938.
M 9
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED—Continued.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Village Municipalities  (19).
1
2
8
1
2
2
5
1
4
3
3   .
1
3
9
$9
5,740
13,048
25
27
4,029
8,516
6,800
3,453
265
9,490
75
2,949
Torino         	
20,128
Totals
45
$74,554
Fire Districts  (12).
48
90
124
3
3
13
7
37
40
20
86
$99,837
96,928
244,651
141
192
43,548
2,546
47,966
23,211
21,653
96,303
Totals	
471
$676,976
3,238
$2,530,034
Note.—Construction of Buildings—
22, loss
257,   „
2,959,   „      2,
$2,511
297,998
.29,525
3,238,   „    $2,
530,034 M 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Amount of
Loss.
Alcohol vapour explosion	
Ashes against wood _ 	
Blasting, carelessness in  _.__	
Boiler insufficiently protected	
Candle carelessness _	
Carburettor back-firing  _ _	
Car upset — -	
Children playing with fire   __	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe	
Clothing, falling on steam-pipe, ignited..
Collision - — _
Curtains from candle .
Curtains from lamp.....
Curtains from stove	
Defective belt	
Defective boiler	
Defective brooder	
Defective chimney  	
Defective fireplace 	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe.
Defective matches  	
Defective motor 	
Defective oil-burner  	
Defective oil-stove	
Defective stove or stove-pipe .
Defective wiring	
Dust explosion 	
Electrical appliances._. 	
Ether explosion	
Exposure 	
Film break at the aperture..
Fire-crackers  :	
Friction in pulley 	
Friction of logging-cable    	
Friction on brake-drum —	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected..
Gas-burner insufficiently protected  —	
Gas explosion _ __ _- 	
Gas furnace back-firing  	
Gasoline carelessness	
Gasoline explosion    	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe	
Gasoline-pump damaged by car—
Gasoline-torch carelessness 	
Grease dripping on hot sawdust.
Grease on stove  —
Hot castings on wood. 	
Ignition of paint-remover..
Incendiary 	
Incense-burner upset-
Kettle boiling dry	
Lamp explosion	
Lamp upset—	
Lantern upset —	
Lightning	
Live coals	
Match carelessness-
Matches, children with .
Molten metal -	
Oil-furnace back-firing-
Oil-stove explosion..	
Oil-stove upset	
Overheated electric motor-
Paper from fireplace	
Sawdust-burner back-firing._
1
36
1
3
11
31
13
5
56
1
4
3
3
7
1
1
2
191
23
5
6
1
11
4
23
21
6
125
1
79
1
23
1
1
7
19
2
5
1
31
3
9
1
3
1
40
1
1
30
1
1
1
4
1
14
8
44
32
3
9
1
2
1
2
7
$23
4,771
825
109
3,140
6,034
7,122
899
2,814
5
5,240
23
53
121
53
150
565
85,028
2,032
346
96
6,613
1,573
128
16,302
28,860
670
9,916
50
178,570
5,700
806
152
25,353
49
592
53
386
67
47,794
292
1,095
15
44
539
8,667
5
2,353
67,652
11
18
57
8,556
12
17,355
322
1,111
2,602
165
1,191
35
95
20
86
869 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1938.
M 11
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected-
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 locomotive ._	
Sparks from mill burner	
Sparks from slash fire	
Sparks from smudge fire	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe _	
Sparks from welding-machine	
Sparks igniting alcohol	
Spontaneous combustion.. __..	
Static electricity  —
Stove explosion   	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected-
Sulphur, ignition of  _
Sun's rays ._ —	
Tar boiling over — 	
Unknown   —	
Wood too near stove..
Totals -__..	
7
136
990
1
9
10
4
26
278
9
249
2
6
5
1
1
13
4
1
39
3
1
18
1
5
127
2
3
6
293
2
$2,606
30,395
838,876
15
17,248
9,116
2,155
83,984
85,721
80,932
5,570
111
2.320
2,564
125
500
49,156
16,563
3,650
8,503
2,253
303
24,253
50
4,236
87,824
90
77
421
614,062
105
3,238
$2,530,034 M 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Apartments    	
184
3
298
3
3
4
Ashes against wood _	
Clothes too near stove      _.
Curtains from stove   -  	
1
1
2
8
1
7
$730
8
46
438
3
118
705
4
70
35
40
94
2
279
362
28
128
36
20
116
8,333
26
793
29
36
9,990
3
1
2
1
1
Gasoline carelessness  	
1
1
3
1
5
2
2
1
4
Overheated electric motor 	
Smokers' carelessness  	
106
1
Sparks from chimney        	
14
5
2
8
3
$22,469
1,506
1
24
13
4
$23
2,227
7,122
5,240
477
32
1,245
49
1,564
1,095
10
1,767
42
12,261
3,809
958
3,114
Carburettor back-firing   	
Car upset   __	
11
Electrical appliances  -   ...
2
4
6
9
1
5
2
Gasoline-torch  carelessness   	
Incendiary —	
Short  circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness   —	
99
86
3
21
Smokers' carelessness      	
1
2
41,035
Bakeries     —
$20
4,257
Smokers' carelessness  	
2
1
4,277
Banks    — —
$67
3
2
70
$306
1,450
20
36
Smokers' carelessness    	
1
1
1
1
Blasting, carelessness in   	
1,776
Barns     	
$825
550
110
85
30
975
595
6,398
1,866
Defective chimney 	
2
1
Lightning     .  	
Matches,  children with    	
Smokers' carelessness 	
1
2
3
3
1
Sparks from burning rubbish  	 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1938.
M 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
2
1
11
1
1
4
2
1
12
6
10
1
4
1
1
1,940
Sparks from bush fire 	
3
3
          1
$2,456
6,936
100
14,906
14
1
$35,832
$300
5
           1
Sparks from forge  _
Smokers'  carelessness      	
Sparks from chimney  ._. —	
Sparks  from fireplace 	
1
7
1
1
1
305
25
$309
104
5
50
32
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected 	
Short circuit  _ _ _ 	
1
1
1
500
115
25
Breweries    	
$476
95
560
250
Clothes too near stove  	
1
1
          1
1
          1
1,381
$245
10,000
1
          1
10,245
1,000
$30
15
5
40
275
3,164
Ashes against wood    	
Defective  brooder   	
Exposure      	
Match carelessness    	
2
1
         1
1
         2
          5
Clothes too near stove   	
Defective chimney  	
1
2
           1
3,529
Churches    	
$15
2,496
1,230
7
5
Lightning       , 	
1
           1
Electrical appliances   ~	
1
           1
3,753
Clubs 	
$122
21
156
50
Smokers'  carelessness  _	
7
1
          1
349
15,769
         1
$10
35
201
2
          1
Match carelessness  	
1
          1
246
159
379
Dry-cleaning   establishments
$3,704
25
3,140
899
2,245
61
15
75
68,286
1,820
346
83
1,472
69
        23
Boiler insufficiently protected	
Candle carelessness .    '.
Children playing with fire  	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe 	
1
11
5
49
          4
Curtains from lamp  	
Curtains from stove  	
Defective chimney  	
2
5
151
20
5
4
          9
2 M 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
3
1
13
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
18
6
86
28
16
15
2
1
10
1
30
8
1
1
1
4
1
8
7
28
23
4
1
4
7
12
548
3
1
10
232
243
2
4
1
1
1
35
6
3
103
3
5
124
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
6
3
1
1
2
$14,937
17,030
5,355
10,006
453
491
206
67
5,222
47
7,273
8,461
11
18
57
8,556
12
3,344
102
627
1,467
704
91
694
2,617
2,644
30,388
2,645
220
2,134
58,831
5,522
1,235
764
500
40
3,650
7,653
2,225
3,575
57,443
77
413
130,196
75
Fire-crackers     -	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected .
Gas-furnace back-firing  	
Gasoline  carelessness    —   —
Grease on stove   -	
Lamp  explosion  	
Lamp upset	
Lantern  upset   - -.   	
Sawdust-burner back-firing     	
Sparks from bush fire   — -
Sparks from chimney   —
Sparks  from  fireplace 	
Sparks from furnace	
Sparks from locomotive   — 	
Spontaneous combustion  	
$480,318
93
(box) 	
(broom)   	
(coffee and spice) —
(furniture)    	
187
Factories
Smokers'  carelessness   -	
Sparks from mill burner -	
Sparks from grinding-machine 	
Sparks from furnace  	
$44
15
59
125
Factories
Factories
758
127,091
50
(roof products)
(sash and door)
Factories
Sparks from boiler  	
Spontaneous combustion    —
$100
447
547
1,217
$3,714
805
70
81
750
Unknown     	
5,420 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1938.
M 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Fish-reduction plants
Foundries  	
Freight-cars
Fruit-packing  plants
Gaols     —
Garages    	
Gasoline-shovels  -
Gasoline-stations
Golf club-houses
Greenhouses   	
Halls
Haystacks
Hospitals
Defective chimney 	
Defective chimney   	
Defective stove   	
Defective wiring   	
Hot castings on wood
Lightning    	
Molten metal ____ _	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from furnace 	
Sparks from welding-machine
Spontaneous combustion 	
Exposure     —
Incendiary   	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown     	
Sparks from bonfire ~
Defective chimney 	
Ashes against wood _.. _	
Clothing, falling on steam-pipe, ignited
Defective chimney  — 	
Electrical   appliances       	
Exposure    - -	
Furnace  insufficiently  protected
Gasoline   carelessness    —
Incendiary    	
Lightning     	
Matches, children with  —
Short circuit  — 	
Smokers*   carelessness   	
Sparks from bonfire    —	
Sparks from chimney   	
Spontaneous combustion 	
Stove   insufficiently   protected
Gasoline  carelessness
Exposure    	
Gasoline carelessness
Gasoline explosion   —-
Gasoline-pump  damaged by car
Smokers'   carelessness  	
Unknown     	
Smokers'  carelessness
Exposure    	
Sawdust-burner  back-firing
Clothes too near stove 	
Exposure     	
Incendiary  —_  	
Short circuit _. 	
Smokers'   carelessness
Unknown   	
Incendiary
Unknown   _
Defective  stove-pipe  .
Electrical   appliances
Ether explosion  	
Live  coals   	
Smokers' carelessness —
Sparks from chimney -
Sparks igniting alcohol
500
3
5
10
140
1,610
5
10
205
$609
450
302
150
$20
5
1,950
70
420
5
33,508
30
11
17
2,915
1,059
7
5
12,737
8
19,869
$188
22
175
15
137
6,500
$400
60
3,153
10,200
1,400
43
1,000
$200
1,400
$25
306
50
220
14
12
303
$250
2,576
1,511
12
65
72,636
40
7,037
184
460
15,833
1,600 M 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Hotels
House-boats
Ice plants  -
Launches  —
Laundries
Libraries   	
Logging camps
Lumber  piles
Lumber-yards  .
Machine-shops
Mining property
101
Motor-cycles   	
Mushroom-houses
Offices
10
18
Defective chimney    —__	
Defective matches	
Defective wiring    	
Electrical  appliances	
Furnace-pipe  insufficiently protected
Grease on stove _   	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Sparks from bush fire  	
Sparks from chimney   — . 	
Sparks from grass fire   	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe
Spontaneous combustion  _
Unknown     	
Sparks from chimney ...
Smokers' carelessness -
Gasoline carelessness ...
Oil-furnace back-firing
Defective  wiring  	
Smokers'   carelessness
Sparks from  chimney
Unknown   	
Exposure   	
Friction of logging-cable
Lightning   	
Smokers'  carelessness 	
Sparks from bush fire - :-
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from engine  _„_
Sparks from slash fire 	
Unknown     	
Matches,  children  with
Sparks from bonfire	
Unknown  -   	
Molten   metal     —	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from forge	
Sparks from welding-machine	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Incendiary   ....
Short circuit
Sparks from engine 	
Sparks from furnace	
Sparks from welding-machine .
Stove insufficiently protected .
Unknown     	
Gasoline  carelessness   	
Sawdust-burner back-firing 	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Electrical  appliances
Exposure    	
Grease on stove
Incendiary    	
Paper from fireplace 	
Sawdust-burner back-firing
Smokers'  carelessness  __
Sparks from engine 	
$50
10
8,999
59
26
25
4,888
24,125
25,053
1,800
270
51
20,487
$550
400
$1,750
105
40
180
$25,353
13,910
481
41,435
55
92
16,563
48,998
28
2
$15
86
2,137
4
$325
4,502
48,747
191
106
5,500
1,055
312
$30
514
546
38
77
19
144
4,500
$85,843
11
750.
950
2,075
25
146,887
40
5
2,242
60,426
352 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1938.
M 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Oil-sheds
Paper-mills
Peat plants
Piggeries
Pool-rooms
Post-offices
Power-houses
Printing-offices
Pulp-mills   	
Railway-stations
Restaurants .	
Rooming-houses
Sawmills
Schools
77
28
10
Static  electricity
Lightning	
Sparks from boiler
Sparks from bush fire .
Sparks from engine	
Unknown   	
Defective chimney
Unknown	
Sparks from chimney
Smokers'  carelessness .
Unknown  	
Exposure   	
Gasoline  carelessness
Sparks from engine —
Defective oil-burner —
Sparks from boiler ....
Sparks from furnace
Unknown    	
Unknown 	
Defective chimney
Exposure    —	
Grease on stove
Short circuit 	
Smokers'  carelessness
Unknown  	
Ashes against wood 	
Clothes too near stove
Defective chimney	
Defective fireplace 	
Defective oil-burner —
Electrical appliances ....
Gasoline-torch carelessness
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Stove explosion 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Sulphur, ignition of   -
Unknown  	
Boiler insufficiently protected
Electrical appliances _	
Incendiary   	
Short circuit  	
Sparks from acetylene-torch ..
Sparks from boiler —	
Sparks from bush fire 	
Sparks from engine 	
Sparks from mill burner —	
Unknown   	
Clothes too near stove 	
Incendiary   — -—
Sparks from chimney	
Spontaneous combustion —	
Stove insufficiently protected ..
Unknown —	
$43
41
$10,213
10,500
6,150
$900
517
$5
1,400
$40
1,300
6,050
$34
131
17
$10
337
125
125
4
158
$30
15
1,077
165
1
127
32
6
2,172
1,403
661
22
40
4,119
$66
15
30,000
300
15
17,073
2,428
11,043
48,322
50,816
$6
5,778
20
420
185
990
$50
84
26,863
1,417
860
1,405
7,390
100
182
25
759
9,870
160,078
7,399 M 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Scows     	
Seed-extraction plants
Sheds   	
Sheet-metal works
Shingle-mills  —	
Ships
Smelting plants
Smoke-houses
Stores   	
Stores and apartments
Stores and dwellings
1
101
15
18
Incendiary    	
Defective chimney 	
Ashes against wood  	
Defective stove   	
Exposure  	
Fire-crackers	
Incendiary 	
Matches, children with 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from burning rubbish
Sparks from bush fire  	
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from stove —
Unknown —	
Tar boiling over 	
Sparks from mill burner —
Unknown	
Electrical appliances
Unknown   	
Defective boiler  	
Dust explosion 	
Electrical appliances
Molten metal 	
Short circuit  	
Sulphur, ignition of
Unknown 	
Grease dripping on hot sawdust
Ashes against wood  	
Clothes too near stove 	
Defective chimney   —	
Defective oil-stove _—	
Defective wiring  - 	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure    - —	
Fire-crackers     	
Gas-burner insufficiently protected
Gas explosion   	
Gasoline  carelessness   —	
Grease on stove   	
Ignition of paint-remover
Incendiary   —	
Match carelessness 	
Oil-stove explosion -	
Short circuit  —	
Smokers'  carelessness 	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown	
Defective chimney
Electrical appliances
Exposure   	
Oil-furnace back-firing ...
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from chimney —
Spontaneous combustion
Unknown	
Ashes against wood
Defective   oil-stove   ..
Exposure	
$55
445
115
20
15
5
262
19
235
1
20
565
$704
71,671
$2,500
20,000
$150
670
25
20
600
50
1,000
$149
12
5,899
29
601
400
4,152
209
18
25
10
234
2,353
75
156
35
220
3,949
23
192
59,777
$157
10
81
41
867
32
79
848
$10
30
5,463
$8,500
1,218
1,757
8
72,375
22,500
2,515
539
78,518
2,115 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1938.
M 19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND  CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
11
          1
$35
149
121
14
109
113
2,056
6,428
Grease on stove 	
Incendiary	
1
          1
          1
          4
           3
           1
2
Ashes against wood   	
1
           1
$14,528
$40
4,327
2,997
1,057
2,251
      23
          6
Spontaneous combustion 	
          1
            2
Defective chimney    - —
3
          1
10,672
$79
50
115
15
40
2,925
30
10,368
1
          1
Grease on stove   	
Match carelessness 	
Smokers'  carelessness   - ..
          1
—          1
        12
            2
           2
Short circuit — - —
Defective chimney   -
1
           1
            1
13,622
100
1
5
42
$53
200
5,700
25
10,400
1
                  1
           1
            1
Unknown   —	
           1
           1
16,378
3,200
        28
Ashes against wood 	
           1
           1
$3
6,613
196
22,766
100
4
256
2
96
11,589
73,813
4
4
5
3.238
Electrical  appliances   	
4
          7
          1
          1
          3
Smokers' carelessness  	
Spontaneous  combustion   - _
1
—          1
          1
7
Smokers'  carelessness — -	
          2
           1
115,438
Wharves   ,  -	
$770,694
25
195
          1
          1
770,914
Woodworking plants  	
$10
5
152.
8,000
Exposure    — 	
Friction in pulley   	
Unknown   	
Electrical appliances 	
Sparks from chimney   	
Unknown    —
Wood too near stove  	
.           1
          1
          1
1
          1
          2
          1
3,238
8,167
831
Workshops	
$263
5
533
30
$2,530,034 M 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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M 21
TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1934-1938.
Occupancy.
Cause of Fire.
Loss of Life.
Adults.       Children.
Bunk-house-
D welling	
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Garage 	
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Gasoline carelessness -
Gasoline explosion.	
Unknown ___ __
Unknown	
Unknown _	
Rooming-house-
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Unknown	
Totals, 1938-
Totals, 1937-
Totals, 1936..
Totals, 1935-
Totals, 1934-
VICTORIA, B.C. :
Printed by Ciiahl.es F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1939.
675-439-8990   

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