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 NINETEENTH ANNUAL REPORT
OF
THE FIEE MAESHAL
FOR   THE   PROVINCE   OF
BEITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICS, 1940
PRINTED  BY
AUTHORITY  OF  THE LEGISLATIVE  ASSEMBLY.
VICTORIA, B.C.:
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1941.  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 Nineteenth Annual Report of the Fire
Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1940.
GORDON S. WISMER,
A ttorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 29th, 1941. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Page.
Report of Fire Marshal     5
Table I.—Inspections Made and Orders Issued     6
Table IL—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 29th, 1941.
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 Nineteenth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1940.
I regret to state that the fire loss shows an increase over the year 1939 of $263,257,
but this is due in some measure to the fact that the 1939 fire loss was the lowest for a number
of years.
During the year under review there was a substantial decrease in the fire loss in our city
municipalities; while in the district municipalities, village municipalities, and fire districts
there was a considerable increase, the most noticeable being in sawmills, logging and mining
industries, and in mercantile establishments. Smokers' carelessness accounted for nearly
one-third of our total number of fires. There was a reduction of incendiary fires from
fifty-eight in 1939 to thirty-nine in 1940. Unfortunately there were seven deaths during the
year due to fires, the same number of deaths from fire as in 1939.
Fire-prevention activities have consisted largely of general inspections throughout the
Province, this work being done by Mr. W. A. Oswald, Assistant Fire Marshal. During the
year, 1,494 general inspections, fifty-six hospital inspections, eighty-three school inspections,
and ninety-eight bulk gasoline and oil storage plant inspections were made. Under the
Theatre Regulations he made 148 theatre inspections and thirty-seven film-exchange inspections; plans were checked for twenty-three new and remodelled theatres and twenty-one
examinations for projection licences were conducted. Also, thirty inspections were made of
Government buildings throughout the Province. One thousand one hundred and forty
National Research Council approval labels were issued for oil-burners after inspection was
made, 259 oil-burner installations were checked, and 584 oil-burners previously labelled by the
National Research Council of Canada or the Underwriters' Laboratories were installed in the
Province. Also, orders to correct defects found during inspections were prepared for the
local authorities to sign and serve. Thirty-three appeals were made to the Fire Marshal and
hearings granted.    No appeals were taken from his decisions to the Courts.
Ninety-five investigations of fires of undetermined origin were made, most of them by
Mr. W. P. Nicholls, Acting Deputy Fire Marshal, resulting in twenty-five inquiries being held
under the " Fire Marshal Act." Four charges of arson were laid, one conviction was obtained,
two were acquitted, and one is awaiting trial. Two persons were charged and convicted
of perjury arising out of evidence given by them at Fire Marshal inquiries. Four persons
were charged and convicted of conspiracy to defraud and one was charged and convicted of
mischief in connection with the damaging of a fire-hose which was being used in fighting
an incendiary fire. The accused in this case was the son of the owner of the house where the
fire occurred. There were nine prosecutions and nine convictions under the " Fire Marshal
Act " and regulations.
At the request of the Royal Canadian Air Force authorities a survey of all air bases
in British Columbia is being made by Mr. Oswald and recommendations are being submitted
covering adequate fire-protection for them. Owing to the war, an even more rigid and
comprehensive system of inspection is being carried on, especially in industrial and manufacturing establishments.
In conclusion, I desire to express to my staff my appreciation of their excellent work and
loyal support during the year. Also, I wish to thank members of the police forces throughout
the Province, local Assistant Fire Marshals, and insurance companies and adjusters for their
splendid co-operation.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
W. A. WALKER,
Fire Marshal. G 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS.
Name.
Inspections.
City Municipalities (33)
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	
District Municipalities |
Burnaby	
Chilliwack	
Coldstream—
Coquitlam	
Delta—	
Esquimalt	
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  	
36
105
181
96
759
69
IS
13
536
137
27
339
170
786
78
72
734
884
3,756
795
375
20
43
121
903
82
937
2,038
46,497
295
12,564
73,504
21
144
478
300
16
207
81
20
14
15
49
16
4
2
16
9
2
19
3
24
916
56
93
2
15
1
5
63
2
72
3,306
14
4
1
15 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1940.
G 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Name.
Inspections.
Orders.
District Municipalities—Continued.
12
18
Totals 	
1,372
Village Municipalities (19).
43
37
412
25
17
9
5
48
Dawson Creek    „	
9
McBride    __	
New Denver  	
Pouce Coupe _   ___ __	
Quesnel ... _    	
Silverton..  	
Smithers    	
Stewart.  	
Tofino  _  	
Vanderhoof  __  	
Williams Lake..—   _  	
Totals	
59G
65
Fire Districts (12).
Cariboo, Countv of 	
148
340
3
552
65
50
27
46
209
loco  __  	
Kootenay, County of  _ __ _	
Nanaimo, County of  	
Powell River      __ __	
Prince Rupert, County of 	
University Area ..__   	
Vancouver, County of   	
Victoria, County of   	
Westminster, County of 	
Yale, County of    	
Totals 	
1,440
76,912
5,104
Grand totals. 1939.
73,464
74,371
68,079
66,549
5,530
5,864
Grand totals, 1938   ___	
Grand totals, 1937 	
5,826
5,929
Grand totals, 1936	 G 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
City Municipalities (33)
5
1
4
14
10
7
10
2
10
5
1
17
25
5
4
36
24
92
36
13
2
10
5
13
2
13
7
22
1,754
8
240
$2,749
15
92
7,078
886
1,002
221
360
2,090
20
1,185
3,789
94
3,465
2,683
50,281
136,662
3,135
4,411
2,634
2,299
647
1,091
3,337
Trail           	
5,847
233,226
17,715
Totals
2,397
$488,195
District Municipalities (28)
83
13
2
10
7
12
4
4
26
28
13
10
14
20
56
1
19
4
27
59
2
2
6
14
39
$56,305
6,983
1,830
5,152
3,585
3,459
1,281
Delta  _      —    	
Kent      .
2,270
39,536
26,784
58,008
23,211
2,354
6,200
1,842
Oak Bay 	
2,192
39,764
4,641
5,485
2,600
10,034
35,703
103,228
! REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1940.
G 9
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED—Continued.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
District Municipalities—Continued.
14
43
$12,335
4,940
Totals-	
532
$495,855
Village Municipalities (19).
1
1
2
3
1
1
7
2
1
1
9
2
8
2
4
$20
27
4,317
430
2,283
4,500
5,648
62
261
45
581
4,649
Toflno                  ...                         	
471
14,140
Totals	
39
$37,484
Fire Districts (12).
52
3
77
115
8
5
20
4
40
42
17
68
$69,956
311,521
287,131
26,105
1,405
29,909
36,932
52,544
20,033
109,009
Totals      	
451
$945,333
3,419
$1,966,867
Note.—Construction of Buildings—
Fire-resisting. 	
Brick or concrete-
Frame 	
34, loss $2,686
.     241,     „ 78,644
. 3,144,    „      1,885,537
3,419,
$1,966,867 G 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Acetylene-torch carelessness..
Ashes against wood	
Boiler insufficiently protected .
Candle carelessness _	
Carburettor back-firing 	
Car upset - — —
Children playing with fire —
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe
Clutch slipping -	
Coal-gas explosion — — 	
Coal-oil carelessness .— —
Collision  — —	
Curtains from lamp	
Curtains from stove  	
Defective brooder - '_..
Defective chimney	
Defective engine — 	
Defective fireplace	
Defective furnace —	
Defective gasoline-line — -
Defective matches — —	
Defective motor  —
Defective oil-burner  	
Defective stove or stove-pipe _
Defective wiring —  	
Dust explosion - 	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure  	
Film-break at the aperture .—
Fire-crackers 	
Friction in pulley  -     —
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  —	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected    ...
Grease on stove —  	
Incendiary    — 	
Lamp explosion   	
Lamp upset  —   	
Lantern upset — -	
Lightning  — - -	
Live coals  — — —
Match carelessness _	
Matches, children with	
Molten metal  	
Oil-furnace back-firing	
Oil ignited from burning rag-
Oil-stove explosion —	
Oil-stove upset 	
Overheated electric motor..	
Overheated kiln —  	
Overheated machinery bearings. —
Sawdust-burner back-firing	
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected..
Short circuit  - -	
Smokers' carelessness — —	
Sparks from acetylene-torch—	
Sparks from boiler  _	
Sparks from bonfire —	
39
5
18
37
12
4
58
1
2
2
2
1
4
1
212
1
25
7
6
13
1
8
24
20
5
146
95
2
18
2
23
1
2
2
28
1
12
1
7
4
56
39
2
12
2
23
9
49
44
3
3
1
2
1
1
1
2
16
3
136
1,098
7
11
14
$115
3,053
168,297
1,319
4,108
6,152
137
5,727
27
7.078
243
140
22
43
345
89,157
25
1,431
12,342
432
232
36
1,029
13,386
42,209
10,510
26,579
116,660
122
444
123
27,914
12
670
92
11,842
401
3.178
4.097
3,453
458
6,306
44.149
10.875
4,258
14.616
17.128
530
4.839
5.980
743
744
30
5.034
50
10
45
266
2,076
102
139,006
67,911
46,130
53,220'
6,194
J REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1940.
G 11
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
2
6
234
4
239
1
14
15
2
1
43
15
4
10
2
130
1
1
2
1
4
1
287
2
6
$27
17,042
70,796
112,723
7,390
25
2,663
7,524
402
140
6,115
24,898    .
2,928
1,130
12
71,529
48,500
300
Straw ignited from hot engine   , 	
605,260
1,240
Totals  	
3,419
$1,966,867 G 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
.     163
Child playing with fire  	
Clothes too near stove	
Defective chimney      	
Defective matches 	
Defective oil-burner        	
1
7
7
1
1
1
$86
66
1,183
9
72
49
106
50
97
12
45
233
20'
25
51
7
6,455
12,226
54
2,171
288
14
22
4
1
     280
9
1
1
1
2
1
1
Grease on stove    	
Lamp upset   	
2
1
2
92
16
4
4
Short circuit    	
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from chimney  -   	
5
Sulphur, ignition of  —  	
1
1
1
1
2
31
12
1
Electrical appliances    	
Acetylene-torch carelessness	
Carburettor back-firing  	
Car upset  -  	
$23,345
14
$28
3,307
6,152
27
125
432
272
50
3,787
238
3,178
700
622
120
7,297
4,307
15
300
6.308
&
1
6
4
1
3
5
12
2
Match  carelessness	
7
2
82
84
Sparks from acetylene-torch  	
Straw ignited from hot engine  	
1
1
23
1
37,265
$162
36
85
100'
3
2
1
1
1
1
383
B    k
$30
438
875
1
1
1
1,343
$46
15
29
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   	
1
2
61
Barns    	
$700
2,616
1,959
180
499
200
770
Lantern upset  - -	
1
2
1
3
1
1 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1940.
G 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND  CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Barracks
Blacksmith-shops
Boarding-houses  -
Boat-building works
Bunk-houses
Churches
Clubs
Court-houses
Dairies  	
Distilleries „ 	
Dry-cleaning establishments
Dwellings
Canneries   - — 1
Carpenter-shops    1
Cement-mixers      1
Chicken-houses   18
10
.2,075
Sparks from chimnev 	
Spontaneous combustion
Unknown  	
Defective chimney 	
Smokers'  carelessness
Unknown  	
Defective  chimney  	
Electrical appliances —
Smokers'  carelessness  .
Sparks  from  fireplace
Unknown  	
Exposure    	
Overheated machinery bearings
Unknown  	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown  	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected _.
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected
Carburettor back-firing   _ „
Ashes against wood  -	
Defective brooder  	
Defective wiring    	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure   	
Firecrackers    	
Incendiary   __.
Sparks from bush fire	
Sparks from stove .__	
Spontaneous combustion  	
Stove insufficiently protected 	
Unknown  	
Ashes against wood	
Furnace insufficiently protected
Spontaneous combustion .._	
Stove insufficiently protected 	
Unknown    _	
Defective chimney 	
Electrical  appliances  	
Smokers* carelessness 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown    	
Spontaneous combustion	
Boiler  insufficiently  protected
Defective chimney 	
Sparks from boiler 	
Sparks from chimney 	
toiler insufficiently protected
Electrical  appliances	
Gasoline explosion 	
Ashes against wood  	
Candle carelessness  __ __._ __
Children playing with fire  	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe
Coal-gas explosion  — 	
Coal-oil carelessness  _  	
$750
10,50.0
15,947
$15
2
$1,700
17
135
15
7
$14,085
3
3,094
$4,201
11,513
345
750
4
3
15
15
2.645
40
2,400
762
7.821
$80
7,664
20
964
25
$1,100
4
974
6
6,000
$356
750
62
225
$625
401
$1,909
1,319
51
5,506
7,078
243
$34,121
17
5,559
1,874
17,182
15,714
50
1,500
25
14,863
8,753
8,084
65
1.393
275
1,026 TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
1
1
4
180
25
4
11
6
17
8
104
30
11
15
2
11
5
2
46
18
2
10
19
8
33
33
1
1
1
16
2
18
644
8
1
1
187
229
9
4
31
1
5
1
85
1
1
2
120
2
3
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
$22
43
70,089
1,431
607
128
698
10,703
13,248
7.584
18,232
293
10,783
92
7,882
3,431
37
4,218
31,017
10,875
3.996
5,892
510
4,0,51
4,871
534
4,500
50
2,076
17
7,305
24.007
5,924
2
450
49,727
7,254
1.594
1,311
3,220
112
65
2
30,452
298
31
106
119,6'V)
222
639
Defective matches  	
Defective wiring   „	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected -
Gasoline carelessness   -   .-	
Grease on  stove     	
Lamp explosion  -  -
Matches, children with  -	
Oil-stove upset   	
Short circuit     _	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from bonfire  ' 	
Sparks from bush fire  -  	
Sparks from fireplace	
Sparks from furnace    	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe .:	
Spontaneous combustion    	
Stove-lid falling on floor  	
Sulphur, ignition of	
Tar boiling over  -	
Wood too near furnace 	
Wood too near stove 	
$486,337
1,280
25
Electric-light poles  	
1
3
Defective wiring   ,	
$80'6
185
1
3
Overheated kiln  	
491
45
$40
15
114
1
2
Sparks from boiler —	
Sparks from mill burner    	
169
760
$10
362
Sparks from picker-machine 	
372 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1940.
G 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued:
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
3
2
1
7
5
1
5
5
3
47
10
3
2
9
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
2
2
1
2
1
1
3
1
1
1
2
1
3
3
2
1
1
2
5
1
2
1
3
7
2
1
1
1
1
2
11
2
1
1
1
5
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
$101
45
47,500
Sparks from boiler .' — — —	
Furnace insufficiently protected  — -	
$47,646
$125
31
156
282
$13
3
5
6
Smokers' carelessness   —   —	
27
Fishing-boats   —	
$875
1,529
27
2,431
634
$250
6,451
404
7,105
$30'
10
260
256
556
6,604
Fruit-packing plants —	
S63
1,892
30
36
2,685
593
5
4,310
40
5,748
1,114
40
600
50
967
4,696
530
37,652
Defective furnace  : -	
Gasoline carelessness  — .,. 	
Short circuit  -  	
Spontaneous combustion	
Unknown      	
61,051
$1,600
4,097
534
57
5,714
Gasoline-pump damaged by car 	
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Sparks from fireplace           	
12,002
Golf-club houses   _
$107
15
Defective chimney —	
Oil-furnace back-firing	
122
$100
159
259
Halls  	
$12
2,668
590
6,50-0
49
5
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected —
Incendiary 	 G 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
1
         1
$15
2,589
1
1
$12,428
5
Hays tacks   	
         1
$34
100
366
—    125
         1
             3
1
500
$259
846
11,786
87
334
50
5
54
3,154
1,145
892
11,373
1
         2
          1
         3
3
           1
         1
          2
Smokers' carelessness  — 	
     103
2
         3
         3
1
29,985
15
3
2
...      10
          2
$606
25
Electrical appliances    —	
1
          1
631
$116
47
1
           1
163
$688
997
102,254
140
750
2,834
         1
1
Sparks from engine —   - -	
3
1
         1
Unknown - —   	
         3
1
107,663
7
Acetylene-torch carelessness — —	
         1
         1
$30
4,705
175
5
2,865
11
          1
1
         3
1
7,780
$424
7,000
44,815
13,169
10,469
1,982
16,524
9
Defective furnace    	
Sparks from acetylene-torch  —	
         1
1
2
          1
            1
4
3
94,383
$170
15
25
155
143
1
1
Defective engine -	
—         1
          2
2
Defective chimney   ,  —	
-          1
2
508
5,500
Office   "
15
$70
12
378
29
20
13
3,043
1,667
Gas-burner insufficiently protected   „
Incendiary   — - —
Lamp  upset - — — _ .,„.
1
          1
1
4
           2
2
Unknown 	
         2
5,232 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1940.
G 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
1
Oil ignited from burning rag  ...,         1
Overheated machinery bearings —            1
Sparks from boiler    —        1
Sparks from chimney   „ -         2
$30
Paper-mills    —
5
2
$263
90
79
1,250
1,682
45,861
Poles -	
1
5,000
1
112
1
4
2
3,588
$530
55
14
Sparks from furnace    -         1
599
$10
48,500
1
48,510
50
$299
25
502
175
19,759
10
....      74
31
16
Grease on stove            1
Smokers' carelessness             2
Clothes too near stove          ..         1
20,760
$6
500
663
29
10
13
7
36
31
896
95
24
24
43
18
Defective stove-pipe —     —        1
3
2
          49
         8
Sparks from fireplace  -	
          2
            1
2
1
Boiler insufficiently protected — -
Electrical appliances   ...	
Gasoline carelessness    	
Incendiary    —
          1
1
          1
...—-.         2
1
2,395
Sawmills  	
$167,500
10
269
1,878
12,000
553
10
106,312
249
53,006
1,559
1,140
46,644
Molten metal ...      _	
Overheated electric motor  	
Short circuit    	
Sparks  from  acetylene-torch   -
Sparks from boiler   	
Sparks from mill burner  	
1
          1
1
          1
6
          6
1
8
Defective wiring  	
Fire-crackers    - — -	
Grease on stove   -  	
Incendiary      	
         1
—         1
         1
1
1
391,130
$16,048
50
45
600
9,177
3,868
9
1,080
19,224
Smokers' carelessness  — —	
2
         1
2
fi
50,101 G 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Sheds    —	
44
1
8
1
...     15
1
Clothes too near stove  - - 	
2
1
$59
61
417
2
229
35
22
5
25
8
162
40
520
485
3,297
3
Match carelessness   — -   —
1
5
t
1
4
1
1
1
4
3
2
Sparks from bush fire — -  -
Sparks from chimney  - - - -
4
11
1
1
Spontaneous combustion   - j   .
$5,367
15
$6,000
4,500
19,861
Sparks from mill burner  	
Unknown     -   — ■     	
1
6
1
30,361
4,750
$10,510
15
825
25
950
25
5
Molten metal     — - —	
1
5
1
2
Spontaneous combustion   	
1
1
12,350
10
     136
Acetylene-torch carelessness - -	
2
2
6
1
$57
43
2,826
95
963
76
14,555
21,980
16
250
178
133
2,975
570
784
1,630
9
68
100
48
7,346
30
14,842
30,327
597
22
Defective chimney   — -	
i
2
3
10
...      17
2
:
Electrical appliances     -	
1
2
1
3
2
5
—      46
1
Sparks from chimney   — - 	
2
1
4
2
I
3
15
2
2
100,498
Stores and apartments	
$208
15
105
43
28.850
4,078
12
331
3,445
Clothes too near stove   : 	
1
3
1
4
5
1
1
4
i
Smokers' carelessness - - -	
Sparks from chimney        — -    -
Spontaneous combustion   — —
37,087 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1940.
G 19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
24
1
        3
          5
$11,614
15
6,409
408
187
111
19
1,600
5,513
1
1
Gas-plate insufficiently protected  	
           1
         5
Sparks from chimney   	
Sparks from fireplace — —	
          4
          2
         2
         3
1
$25,876
774
1
$2,289
12
1,890
...     33
        1
         1
Unknown  — - -	
-         1
        3
4,191
$86
7
718
209
2,582
76
12
25
9
2,008
            1
Gasoline carelessness -. — 	
Grease on stove    	
        2
         1
       16
Sparks from chimney — —	
-         3
1
Stove explosion —	
         1
         1
Unknown   —	
         4
5,732
2
$5,731
122
        3
1
        4
Film-break at the aperture	
Clothes too near stove   -..
2
          1
                1
5,853
$75
1,000
20
1,769
         2
Sparks from acetylene-torch — 	
Stove insufficiently protected	
1
          1
         2
4
2,864
1,353
$484
118
30
568
33
137
1,434
79,510
"Warehouses    	
-       21
         2
5
         1
1
Friction in pulley   — -	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Incendiary      	
Short circuit    	
Smokers'  carelessness   	
1
           1
          2
         1
_        4
4
.     .                 2
82,314
70
Wharves    __	
$3,033
5
50
3,514
400
Woodworking plants   	
Defective chimney   —	
Friction in pullev —	
Sparks from bonfire     ...
Spontaneous combustion 	
Unknown    - -     	
          1
1
1
           1
          1
1
7,002
48
Woodyards   __ _.	
Woollen Mills 	
5
4
1
$1
2
40
178
1
:
Sparks from picker-machine   	
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected	
Boiler  insufficiently  protected	
           1
-           2
          1
           1
221
$65
3
80
714
- 3.419
           1
1
3.419
862
Totals	
$1,966,867 G 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1936-40.
Cause of Fire.
Loss of Life.
Adults.
Children.
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
Oil-stove explosion.. -  	
Totals, 1940
7
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Totals, 1939
Totals, 1938
3
Totals, 1937	
Totals, 1936       	
1
VICTORIA, B.C.:
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1941.
700-441-9959   

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