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 EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT
OF
THE FIRE MARSHAL
for the province of
BRITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICS, 1939
printed by
authority of the legislative assembly.
VICTORIA, B.C.:
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1940.  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 Eighteenth Annual Report of the Fire
Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1939.
GORDON S. WISMER,
Attorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 1940. TABLE OF 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, 1940.
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 the
Eighteenth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1939.
This is my first report, Mr. J. A. Thomas, our veteran Fire Marshal, having retired on
March 31st, 1939.
Although we have a slight increase in the number of fires, I am pleased to call to your
attention the fact that our fire loss has dropped $826,424 over that of 1938.
Fire Investigations'.—During the year 162 fires were investigated and twelve inquiries
were held under section 11 of the Act. Mr. W. P. Nicholls, our Acting Deputy Fire Marshal,
who took office on September 1st, 1939, helped considerably in some of these investigations.
Sixteen prosecutions were launched under the Act and regulations and sixteen convictions
were obtained. There were three arson prosecutions and three convictions; three prosecutions on charges of perjury with two convictions; one conspiracy prosecution in which an
acquittal was obtained; and one accused has been committed on a charge of attempted fraud
and is still awaiting trial.
Inspection-work.—The work of inspection, for the most part, has been carried on by Mr.
W. A. Oswald, Assistant Fire Marshal. His report shows that 1,365 general inspections,
exclusive of theatres, hospitals, and schools, were made throughout the year. Eleven Government buildings were inspected, as well as fifty-nine public and private hospitals and forty-
eight schools in co-operation with local Assistant Fire Marshals. Nine sets of plans for new
or remodelled hotels, six for schools, and five for hospitals were checked and approved.
Wholesale Gasoline Storage.—Plans for twenty-six gasoline storage installations were
checked and approved. Satisfactory arrangements have been made with the oil companies
concerned to carry out the recommendations made by Col. E. Pepler, Deputy Attorney-
General, following his investigation last year of the bulk-storage situation in and around
the City of Vancouver, and some of the work has already been done.
Theatres and Film Exchanges.—Plans for twelve new theatres were checked. During
the year five theatres were built or remodelled. Change of seating capacity took place in
seven theatres. One hundred and eighty-seven inspections of theatres were made and thirty-
seven inspections of film exchanges. Forty-one examinations for projectionists were held, of
which thirty-seven candidates were successful and received certificates.
Oil-burner Regulations.-—There were 1,251 National Research Council approval labels
issued for various types of oil-burning stoves, heaters, and range oil-burners, after inspection
had been made by Mr. Oswald to see if they conformed to requirements. Also 169 oil-burner
installations were checked by him. In addition, 983 oil-burners previously labelled by the
National Research Council or Underwriters' Laboratories were installed in the Province.
There were nineteen appeals made to the Fire Marshal from orders issued by local
Assistant Fire Marshals, and hearings granted. There were no appeals taken to the Courts
from his decisions.
I wish to express to my staff my appreciation of their excellent work, also to thank
members of the police force throughout the Province, local Assistant Fire Marshals, insurance
companies, and adjusters for their splendid co-operation.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
W. A. WALKER,
Fire Marshal. D 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS.
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
City Municipalities (33).
3
78
67
78
1,054
78
19
9
419
129
138
851
91
59
568
1,320
4,149
1,108
186
36
130
889
113
985
41
2,005
43,735
218
11,656
55
8
1
9
9
2
13
5
22
2
67
871
58
101
1
46
10
97
1
Trail .....                      	
97
3,545
24
302
Totals 	
70,212
5,346
District Municipalities (28).
5
59
128
519
164
51
5
39
1
13
Delta   ,                          	
Kent     	
Oak Bay  	
21
15
6
1 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1939.
D 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
Tadanac	
District Municipalities—Continued.
34
West Vancouver	
Totals 	
1,018
54
Village Municipalities (19).
17
51
400
29
10
11
106
75
2
11
- 37
McBride    	
3
Silverton     	
3
Smithers  	
23
Terrace   	
Toflno	
Vanderhoof 	
5
Totals	
699
84
Fire Districts (12).
78
323
82
4
552
48
320
12
11
105
1
24
1
University Area	
Totals	
1,535
73,464
5.530
1938..
1937
1936
1935
74,371
68,079
66,549
52,849
5,864
5,826
5,929
4,742
Grand totals, D 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
City Municipalities (33).
4
3
10
9
10
7
9
3
8
10
3
23
2
38
3
5
37
19
95
35
21
1
3
8
9
10
20
2
1
29
1,665
13
257
$447
383
1,626
7,241
3,644
973
1,841
14,517
381
2,429
432
5,796
146
65,013
38
722
3,297
4,189
106,927
7,291
8,840
125
547
6,137
303
3,441
6,107
138
35
Trail 	
4,161
399,852
1,877
72,026
2,372
$730,922
District Municipalities (28).
74
12
8
12
5
20
2
4
5
16
19
13
5
16
20
78
26
2
29
69
6
4
4
7
32
$11,807
4,156
10,694
7,312
1,876
849
563
909
2,244
27,501
28,089
8,766
9,353
11,039
1,870
3,280
Delta                         	
Kent  	
Oak Bay  	
13,055
825
42,397
25,043
5,023
4,278
10,045
4,325
61,453 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1939.
D 9
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED—Continued.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
District Municipalities—Continued.
13
42
$2,237
5,691
Totals               	
543
$304,680
Village Municipalities (19).
2
1
2
1
5
1
1
5
2
2
2
2
$52
25
101
24
Hope             	
2,386
15
739
1,119
1,319
1,140
79
Tofino      .
1,493
Totals     ....	
26
$8,492
Fire Districts (12).
62
1
102
114
7
9
14
7
26
37
9
68
$144,727
113,983
121,152
584
501
26,546
2,937
24,164
55,549
0 544
Westminster, County of 	
159,794
Totals ...  	
456
$659,516
3,397
$1,703,610
Note.—Construction of Buildings—
Fire-resisting 	
Brick or concrete-
Frame  	
34,loss
313,   „
1,050,   „
$2,366
271,334
1,429,910
3,397,
$1,703,610 D 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Acetylene-torch carelessness
Ashes against wood
Asphalt boiling over
Boiler insufficiently protected	
Bunsen burner, carelessness with
Candle carelessness
Carburettor back-firing
Car upset
Children playing with fire
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe
Coal-oil carelessness
Collision
Curtains from lamp	
Curtains from stove	
Defective brooder. _ 	
Defective chimney  	
Defective fireplace 	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe... 	
Defective gasoline-line	
Defective matches	
Defective motor    -	
Defective oil-burner 	
Defective oil-stove 	
Defective oven  	
Defective stove or stove-pipe  	
Defective wiring 	
Dust explosion 	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure	
Film falling on electric-light globe.	
Fire-crackers   	
Friction on brake-drum  	
Friction on fan-belt	
Fuel-oil spilling on hot engine 	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected
Gasoline carelessness — _
Gasoline explosion	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe _..	
Gasoline-pump damaged by car. 	
Gasoline-torch carelessness _	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected	
Grease on stove  	
Hot iron falling on floor.	
Incendiary  —    	
Kettle boiling dry 	
Lamp explosion   - 	
Lamp upset _	
Lantern upset   	
Lightning    _ 	
Live coals.   	
Match carelessness 	
Matches, children with	
Mattress too near furnace 	
Mattress too near stove 	
Molten metal   —
Oil-furnace back-firing-	
Oil-stove explosion.....	
Oil-stove upset 	
Overheated machine-knives 	
Overheated machinery bearings _.	
Overheated rock ignited rubber belt	
Sawdust-burner back-firing-  	
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected..	
Short circuit    	
Smokers' carelessness  	
1
1
9
3
172
28
4
1
9
1
6
1
1
29
27
2
138
68
1
17
1
1
2
11
20
3
17
1
8
2
51
1
58
3
6
8
1
4
14
53
41
1
2
1
8
1
1
2
5
1
17
5
144
1,128
$236
1,794
10
62,583
19
851
4,458
7,659
25
5,528
2,487
100
1,008
370
885
72,680
2,241
1,430
225
153
25
1,083
123
204
18,528
22,259
94
26,224
44,728
95
188
500
20
3,522
8,977
30,443
4,750
2,365
400
2,314
142
5,572
1,000
77,771
13
2,324
1,709
9
7,196
203
3,368
9,787
9
15
559
1,216
4,979
2
43
3,730
1,000
10,223
1,407
87,352
79,551 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1939.
D 11
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued.
Causes of Fires.
Amount of
Loss.
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 locomotive	
Sparks from mill burner	
Sparks from picker-machine..
Sparks from slash fire	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe..
Spontaneous combustion 	
Stove explosion 	
Stove-lid falling on floor  —
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently proteeted-
Sun's rays    	
Tar boiling over	
Thawing pipes 	
Unknown  	
Wood too near furnace _
Wood too near stove	
Totals
4
5
12
12
21
205
5
261
2
15
1
4
50
25
8
1
127
1
3
4
300
2
$34,212
910
4,915
3,451
16,428
72,671
22,486
5,021
749
38,676
25
29,175
3,599
6,912
16,338
163,826
943
5
64,855
50
765
1,170
584,407
467
790
3,397
$1,703,610 D 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.-
-CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES.
Property-
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Ashes against wood   	
l
3
$227
18
Defective chimney  	
13
1,324
1
10
2
86
Electrical appliances    -	
9
195
1
107
1
15
Gasoline-torch carelessness -
1
4
Grease on stove _  ,	
3
86
Live coal -   	
1
6
4
57
1
695
Smokers* carelessness 	
125
3,802
Sparks from chimney  	
10
3,121
Sparks from fireplace  .., _	
4
248
4
165
4
5,789
$15,955
Armouries  ....
2
2
38
1
1
10
Automobile camps  	
3
1
$17
1
55
1
31
103
     316
3
$16
29
2,282
7,659
225
9
Defective gasoline-line   	
1
Defective match __ _ 	
1
39
10
Electrical appliances 	
3
71
3
1
500
Gasoline carelessness  _.
6
8,372
15
2,015
935
4
2
181
Matches, children with  __. ' 	
2
20
99
12,343
5,106
Smokers' carelessness — _	
90
Sparks  from bonfire  _ „.   .
1,250
Spontaneous combustion    	
85
36
18,334
59,949
4
$204
60
Grease on stove  _	
Oil-furnace back-firing ._.__  _	
70
35
         1
Unknown     ■ _	
369
15
    .     37
$1,800
1,000
2,000
280
4,125
462
Short circuit _ _	
Smokers' carelessness   .....
Sparks from bonfire , ,.	
Sparks from bush fire 	
5
2,025
1,835
1,302
14,781
Sparks from chimney 	
2
Spontaneous combustion 	
2
.      17
Unknown   	
4
Sparks from forge ~ _	
2
!>
29,846
Blacksmith-shops 	
$749
5,800
Unknown   -	
6,549 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1939.
D 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
..      10
2
3
1
2
8
1
1
15
7
19
5
1
4
1,996
         1
$55
513
1,000
59
153
4,290
10
1
Incendiary      	
1
         1
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from chimney  	
4
1
1
Exposure   	
Smokers' carelessness  	
1
1
        1
$6,080
140
Boat-building works  	
$5
135
$97
7
156
         1
Smokers' carelessness   	
1
1
260
1,000
$50
10,000
Incendiary     	
1
         1
Incendiary  	
2
1
        2
10,050
Canneries _ .	
$7,264
84
212
75
59,484
1
Unknown      	
Unknown       	
2
1
1
67,119
2,500
$885
18
195
5
210
1,958
500
5,533
3
Defective stove-pipe  	
Incendiary	
Match carelessness  	
Smokers' carelessness    	
1
2
1
2
5
         1
Defective stove-pipe  ■   	
1
2
3,771
Churches - —	
$80
769
65
109
10'
Grease on stove —	
1
.    ~        2
Sparks from chimney  	
1
         1
1,033
$50
226
94
115
5,811
14
         1
Sparks from fireplace   	
Unknown    	
1
2
1
6,296
$250
14
75
13,185
Smokers' carelessness    .'.	
1
1
         2
Sparks from acetylene-torch	
Exposure  	
1
1
         1
13,524
28,629
Dredges    .	
Dry-cleaning establishments
$40'
3,800
533
Unknown .— .*..  	
2
7
4,373
Dwellings  	
$176
851
4,679
2,477
1,008
316
55,361
2,129
Candle carelessness  	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe 	
Coal-oil carelessness 	
25
57
2
         1
Curtains from stove 	
6
     132
•?.% D 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued,
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Engines   	
Factories   (bed and mattress)_
Factories  (broom)
Factories   (furniture)   	
Factories   (rubber-glove)
Fences      	
Fish-hatcheries   	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe   4
Defective matches    6
Defective oil-burner _,  3
Defective oil-stove  —    1
Defective stove or stove-pipe   _ _ 21
Defective wiring    11
Electrical appliances —   96
Exposure     _ -    40
Fire-crackers      11
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected „ 7
Gasoline carelessness     _  3
Gasoline-torch carelessness  _    3
Grease on stove — _ __ 40
Incendiary    _     15
Kettle boiling dry .___      1
Lamp explosion     6
Lamp upset  _     8
Lantern upset     1
Lightning  — _   2
Live coals  — -   13
Match carelessness  _ _  37
Matches, children with     28
Mattress too near furnace       „ 1
Mattress too near stove - _  2
Oil-furnace back-firing   _   4
Oil-stove explosion —     1
Sawdust-burner back-firing   11
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected   4
Short circuit —_ __   20
Smokers'  carelessness    —  601
Sparks from bonfire  _. 8
Sparks from burning rubbish   _ 4
Sparks from bush fire       9
Sparks from chimney   _ _ 167
Sparks from fireplace      250
Sparks from furnace     10
Sparks from locomotive      1
Sparks from mill burner      __ 1
Sparks from slash fire     1
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe   42
Spontaneous combustion  _   9
Stove explosion  _    6
Stove-lid falling on floor      1
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected   93
Sun's rays —_       1
Tar boiling over  ___     2
Thawing pipes  __...   4
Unknown  _   122
Wood too near furnace _   2
Wood too near stove    ._   4
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from picker-machine
Unknown     	
Unknown      	
Unknown   ....  	
Boiler insufficiently protected
Ashes against wood 	
Exposure     	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from burning rubbish
Boiler insufficiently protected
$1,430
90
986
123
17,462
8,694
3,569
7,328
120
8,284
528
89
4,689
10,666
4
2,324
1,709
9
6,905
197
1,437
8,960
9
15
995
4,979
30-8
30
9,497
27,413
3,412
1,073
11,190
59,944
4.433
5,630
25
7
20
13,839
6,349
762
5
35,385
50
735
1.170
125,766
467
769
$3,599
100
$3
11
28
15
15
$466,877
200
3,699
2,874
<2,668
271
72
2,200 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1939.
D 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
        3
1
$740
950
2
6
         2
         1
$1,690
$82
103
Unknown  	
Exposure     	
Smokers' carelessness  	
         1
         1
          3
         2
185
$275
455
435
2
Exposure    ... 	
         1
1
1,165
$8
13,856
58
3
3
12
Acetylene-torch carelessness 	
Ashes against wood  	
         1
         2
2
13,864
Garages  —	
$220
15
1,211
25
158
708
400
9
228
24
115
6,694
1,038
2
5
1,250
10
164
30
17,381
              1
          2
Gasoline carelessness  	
Gasoline-pump damaged by car 	
Gasoline-torch carelessness  	
Incendiary   _ 	
Match carelessness  —	
           4
          1
1
         5
1
2
         5
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire    	
       12
         1
         1
          1
         1
          1
Tar boiling over 	
         1
       13
         2
29,687
$270
80
Incendiary   	
Sawdust-burner back-firing   	
         1
         1
         1
350
Greenhouses  	
$450
425
20
Wood too near stove    _
Ashes  against wood
         1
         1
         1
895
Halls                                  	
$342
1,045
162
250
555
7
6,469
789
12
1
9
.     123
Matches, children with 	
         1
         1
Smokers' carelessness  —
          4
1
            1
          1
          1
Sparks from furnace  	
Sparks from stove   	
           1
9,631
Haystacks — 	
Hospitals  -—
$411
20
6,261
130
59
60
40
28
Defective chimney   	
Defective stove-pipe  	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances	
Lightning -  	
          1
              1
1
          2
         1
..'          1
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown    - -	
Clothes too near stove  	
Defective chimney  _
Exposure   - -
Gasoline carelessness  	
1
         1
         1
        3
1
        1
7,009
TTntels                                               	
$25
5,909
2,671
18,000 D 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
House-boats
Laundries
Logging camps
Lumber piles .
Machine-shops
Mining property
Motor-cycles
Mushroom-houses
Offices  —	
Paper-mills
Piggeries
Power-houses
Printing-offices
Pulp-mills
Railway-stations
Restaurants
16
Incendiary    	
Match carelessness 	
Smokers' carelessness .
Sparks from chimney
Sparks from engine
Sparks from fireplace
Sparks from stove 	
2
1
100
2
Spontaneous combustion 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown      .	
Defective stove-pipe
Exposure   	
Gasoline-torch carelessness
Unknown _
Sparks from chimney
Unknown    	
Electrical appliances  ~
Sparks from engine 	
Sparks from slash fire
Unknown   	
Incendiary
Exposure  ..
Unknown   .
Gasoline carelessness  	
Stove insufficiently protected
Carburettor back-firing
Collision    	
Gasoline carelessness ....
Defective chimney   	
Bunsen burner,  carelessness with ...
Coal-oil carelessness 	
Defective stove-pipe   ~	
Electrical appliances   	
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected
Smokers' carelessness   _	
Sparks from chimney   	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown    _. 	
Defective wiring 	
Overheated machinery bearings
Defective stove
Lightning   	
Short circuit ....
Incendiary	
Short  circuit 	
Grease on stove
Unknown  	
Sparks from bush fire
Unknown _ _	
Defective match 	
Electrical appliances
Exposure 	
$569
35
4,697
35
8,093
21
1,288
64
350
8,218
$100
55
2,168
360
$75
18
$28
8,893
6,892
29,250
$5,491
10
i,300
7
$225
100
150
10
546
51
1,377
1,751
49
50
2,593
$230
392
$232
750
$12
12
$466
24,861
$5
250
$14
13
1,000
$49,975
2,683
93
45,063
143
5,501
2,307
475
70
6,446
622
33
982
24
25,327 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1939.
D 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
      94
Matches, children with 	
1
1
$57
60
Smokers' carelessness  	
6
2
56
118
3
4,313
Clothes too near stove	
Curtains from stove	
1
3
3
$56
54
454
33
1
152
1
5,915
3
39
1
3
1
20
1
105
Gasoline-torch carelessness   	
1
1
23
3
Match carelessness  	
2
1
26
2
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness  	
1
57
7
17
1,779
74
Sparks from fireplace   	
2
1
35
2
Spontaneous  combustion	
1
1
156
17
3
923
Unknown     	
1
1
6
$60,000
13
1
10,907
1
200
2
34,626
1
559
2
2,623
2
50,465
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
Sparks from chimney  	
1
1
1
25
50
4,500
28,593
99,221
3
17
2
Unknown    	
$665
10
12,517
1,500
6,011
250
      46
Defective  chimney    -  	
1
4
1
1
1
Sparks from chimney	
Spontaneous combustion 	
1
1
1
1
1
6
2,435
1,415
Ashes against wood  	
Sheds              ..                    	
$8
1
Exposure         	
4
7
62
2,189
4
1
6
3
40
Smokers' carelessness — 	
595
22
Sparks from chimney    	
Sparks from stove	
Spontaneous combustion   	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected	
2
1
1
4
42
225
20
129 D 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION  OF PROPERTY BURNED AND  CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
8
—      12
....      10
$4,835
Overheated machinery bearings —	
1
2
$8,368
Shingle-mills 	
$565
623
1,000
33,046
Sparks from engine     .    	
Unknown     	
Ashes against wood    	
1
4
1
2
35,234
$25
190
10
20
35
1,000
570
25
75
4
112
13
.       22
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
Short circuit	
Sparks from acetylene-torch —  	
Clothes too near stove-pipe  _
Incendiary —       —
Sparks from burning rubbish     .
1
1
1
1
1,950
Stables    	
$25
30
613
20
2
688
$967
15
1,018
11
1,337
2,583
20
21
192
274
6
15
46
8,705
2,327
17,823
10
127
140
1,533
4,124
15,516
Boiler insufficiently protected —	
Defective  chimney   	
1
6
1
....      10
Exposure ~  	
4
2
Gasoline-torch carelessness  	
1
4
Incendiary    	
1
1
2
1
1
Short circuit       -     —
Smokers'  carelessness    ...
5
48
2
Sparks from fireplace  	
Sparks from stove ... ..	
1
1
2
5
11
Defective chimney   _
1
1
56,810
Stores and apartments	
$105
141
2
4
685
26,040
46
1
Oil-stove upset  	
1
1
Smokers' carelessness     	
6
1
1
Wood too near stove
Ashes against wood  	
Clothes too near stove ....  	
1
1
1
3
27,024
$8
5
7,631
20'
2,174
23,326
15
4
26
45
45
1
1
3
1
Match carelessness       . ...
Matches, children with     .
1
1
1
Smokers' carelessness  	
3 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1939.
D 19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
         1
Sparks from chimney   -	
2
1
$24
522
1,000
2,195
1
1
Unknown 	
Smokers' carelessness ...   —
Ashes against wood 	
1
4
2
3
$37,040
3,126
$23
62
42
14
4
10
4,612
101
75
8,800
Stores  and  offices  	
Stores and rooms... 	
4
.      33
1
2
1
38
         2
981
Gas-plate insufficiently protected — - -
1
1
1
1
...      18
3
1
2
1
Sparks from chimney 	
Stove insufficiently protected       ....
Unknown    , 	
13,743
150
Telephone exchanges 	
1
$95
5,000.
1
Fuel-oil spilling on hot engine  _	
1
2
5,095
1,722
$860
84
7,520
575
19
315
100
3,835
195
321
1,473
2,981
30
300'
151,073
11,931
50,200
1
3
4
Furnace-pipe insufficiently protected 	
1
1
1
2
2
2
Sparks from burning rubbish  	
Sparks from chimney  	
1
1
1
1
Spontaneous  combustion   	
2
5
8
.   .         2
231,812
225
1
1
$15
50
10
25
3
3
1
3
1
Sparks from mill burner   	
1
1
2
75
$43
64
1
1
107
160
Gasoline carelessness     	
Smokers' carelessness  	
1
1
1
$10
100
127
3,397
- - ~    - ~    3,397
237
Totals 	
$1,703,610 D 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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D 21
TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1935-39.
Occupancy.
Cause of Fire.
Loss of Life.
Adults.
Children.
Automobile  	
1
2
1
1
2
Dwelling 	
Lamp explosion  	
-
Totals, 1939 	
7
7
3
4
6
Totals, 1938 	
3
Totals, 1937-	
Totals, 1936 	
1
Totals, 1935.  	
5
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Ciiart.es F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1940.
700-440-4843   

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