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 TWENTIETH ANNUAL REPORT
OF
THE FIEE MAESHAL
FOR   THE   PROVINCE   OF
BEITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICS, 1941
PRINTED  BY
AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY.
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1942.  To His Honour W. C. Woodward,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Twentieth Annual Eeport of the
Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1941.
K. L. MAITLAND,
Attorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 30th, 1942. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Page.
Eeport 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   21
Table VI.—Loss of Life  22 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL.
Office of Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 30th, 1942.
The Honourable R. L. Maitland, K.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—Pursuant to section 44 of the " Fire Marshal Act," I have the honour to submit the Twentieth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for the year ended December
31st, 1941.
Fire losses for the year under review show a decrease of $358,048; our biggest
decrease being in the unorganized districts, which show a decrease of $314,999 over
1940. I regret to state that there were sixteen deaths from fire in the Province last
year compared with seven in the previous year.
During the year 1,466 general inspections were made from this office, also sixty-
three hospital inspections, eighty-one school inspections, and 102 bulk gasoline and oil
storage inspections. Under the Theatre Regulations 157 theatre inspections and forty-
five film exchange inspections were made, and plans were checked for fourteen new and
remodelled theatres, of which eight new ones were built and two old ones remodelled.
Nineteen examinations for projectionist licences were held, of which thirteen applicants
were successful. At the request of the Department of Munitions and Supply, a survey
and report was made of a large aircraft factory; and at the request of the Western
Air Command a survey and report was made of several of the air-bases on this Coast,
setting forth in all cases what was required for adequate fire protection and prevention.
Thirty-eight inspections of Provincial Government buildings were made. As British
Columbia representatives of the National Research Council Fire Hazard Testing
Laboratories, 382 inspections of oil-burners were made, after which National Research
Council labels were issued and forty-two oil-burner installations and 367 oil-burners
previously labelled by the National Research Council or Underwriters' Laboratories
were also inspected.
One hundred and forty-eight investigations were made into the cause and origin
of unknown fires and nineteen inquiries were held under the " Fire Marshal Act."
Seventy-three appeals were heard from orders issued, and from the decisions handed
down no appeals were taken to the Courts. Fourteen prosecutions were launched, as
follows: Arson two (conviction one, acquittal one) ; attempted arson one (conviction
one) ; perjury one (acquittal one) ; false pretences one (conviction one) ; nine prosecutions under the " Fire Marshal Act" and regulations and nine convictions.
In conclusion, I wish to express to my staff my appreciation of their excellent
work and 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 co-operation.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
W. A. WALKER,
Fire Marshal. F 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS.
Inspections.
Orders.
City Municipalities (S3).
36
99
248
61
516
28
19
542
141
16
373
147
804
57
64
767
929
3,691
1,283
231
42
94
823
102
947
3
2
1,899
43,546
281
13,011
20
7
39
3
23
4
4
2
1
14
2
5
992
67
77
3
13
5
6
31
Trail ...	
84
359
3
213
Totals 	
70,802
District Municipalities (28).
24
15
3
74
9
7
16
16
128
1,116
111
267
664
3
2
12
4
Coldstream ... _	
Coquitlam  ,„
Delta	
Esquimalt      	
Kent	
Maple Ridge	
Matsqui  „    .
Mission 	
North Cowichan 	
Oak Bay   	
8
Peachland-  	
Penticton 	
3
Richmond 	
7
2
Salmon Arm..	
Spallumcheen  	
Sumas 	
Summerland 	
Surrey   	
4 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1941.
F 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Inspections.
Orders.
District Municipalities—Continued.
5
13
1
Totals    	
2,485
32
Village Municipalities (19).
11
22
51
8
901
16
'   16
6
99
8
13
1
26
17
47
6
12
Tofino                                          	
Totals     	
1,178
82
Fire Districts (12).
128
304
552
37
12
35
5
179
8
15
3
2
15
1,252
75,717
2 134
Grand totals, 1940     	
76,912
73,464
74,371
68,079
5,104
5,530
Grand totals, 1939.  	
Grand totals, 1938  	
5,864
5,826
Grand totals, 1937                          .             	 F 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
City Municipalities (33).
Alberni.	
Armstrongs
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	
Esquimalt	
Fraser Mills..
Glenmore	
Kent	
Langley	
Maple Ridge-
Mats qui	
Mission	
North Cowichan	
North Vancouver..
Oak Bay. 	
Peachland	
Penticton	
Pitt Meadows __
Richmond	
Saanich	
Salmon Arm....
Spallumcheen..
Sumas	
Summerland..
Surrey	
7
12
$112
31
793
784
1,085
159
3,366
14
520
4
113
14
4,521
3
135
20
1,254
7
322
9
2,342
35
4,580
12
449
96
10,632
43
14,008
21
1,007
4
4,756
11
5,243
7
2,022
19
2,603
5
720
13
3,995
4
169
18
2,486
1,635
311,502
4
1,550
235
71,886
2,289
$453,145
87
$60,047
12
13,789
3
41
11
4,719
6
435
20
63,288
2
653
2
95
3
720
18
13,750
16
12,687
13
19,489
6
20,081
11
10,266
22
6,281
71
2,694
18
39,081
1
4,750
28
94,672
81
15,959
2
5,163
5
348
6
4,368
10
13,536
26
33,141 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1941.
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
District Municipalities—Continued.
Tadanac
Totals	
Village Municipalities (19).
Mission	
McBride	
New Denver	
Pouce Coupe	
Quesnel	
Silverton	
Smithers	
Stewart	
Terrace	
Tofino 	
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..
23
35
61
2
60
118
11
9
20
3
36
37
24
51
3,288
$3,994
20,483
$464,530
$33
56,809
950
544
1,307
275
51
461
205
$60,810
$64,310
6
40,364
267,939
2,011
1,293
60,594
279
48,650
56,451
20,364
68,073
$630,334
$1,608,819
Note.—-Construction of Buildings—
Fire-resisting 	
Brick or concrete-
Frame. 	
30, loss
304,   „
2,954,   „
3,288,
$4,030
79,901
1,524,888
$1,608,819 F 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Acetylene-torch carelessness .
Ashes against wood	
Boiler insufficiently protected .
Broken gasoline-line	
Broken oil-line— 	
Burning fuse ignited clothing-
Candle carelessness	
Carburettor back-firing-	
Car upset  	
Children playing with fire 	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe..
Coal-gas explosion 	
Coal-oil carelessness 	
Collision  	
Curtains from lamp..
Curtains from stove..
Defective brooder	
Defective chimney	
Defective fireplace	
Defective furnace	
Defective gasoline water-heater..
Defective oil-burner 	
Defective oven  	
Defective stove or stove-pipe .
Defective wiring—	
Dust explosion   	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure  	
Film-break at the aperture-
Firecrackers  	
Friction in brake-drum	
Friction in conveyer-belt	
Friction in pulley...	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected .
Gas explosion— _ —
Gasoline carelessness-
Gasoline explosion-
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe 	
Gasoline-pump damaged by car~
Gasoline-torch carelessness	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected-
Grease on stove.... 	
Hot brick placed in bed. 	
Incendiary   	
Lamp explosion 	
Lamp upset — — 	
Lightning   —
Live coals 	
Match carelessness	
Matches, children with 	
Molten metal —
Oil-furnace back-firing	
Oil ignited from hot metal-
Oil-stove explosion	
Overheated asphalt 	
Overheated electric motor 	
Overheated machinery bearings	
Paint, heating on stove, exploded—.
Paint-remover, explosion of..	
Plastic gum, being heated, ignited..
Sawdust-burner back-firing	
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected-
Short circuit — _ —
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from acetylene-torch-
1
32
3
2
2
1
23
33
7
5
46
2
2
8
5
• 4
2
203
23
2
1
16
2
23
24
4
137
54
3
19
2
1
3
20
1
31
4
5
1
5
2
35
1
25
5
7
23
6
53
48
6
3
1
3
1
2
1
3
1
1
13
4
128
1,137
2
$746
8,232
747
196
350
49
3,073
12,441
11,550
2,026
5,927
93
1,219
1,170
65
69
83
105,510
6,383
217
32
25,643
466
9,719
19,337
425
84,958
15,072
1,217
5,178
224
400
453
39,560
40
12,023
13,015
596
340
681
7
5,739
16
3,295
6,124
224
5,859
65
8,380
9,078
11,011
498
5,900
745
813
158
1,210
118
51
225
4,353
64
101,986
79,456
4,931 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1941.
F 11
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
13
10
10
4
221
4
222
1
15
9
2
3
57
5
28
6
1
6
2
107
2
1
1
3
5
4
1
264
2
6
$15,826
1,301
291
16,172
83,733
123,070
10,117
15
3,016
27,013
605
14,914
15,749
15,164
28,310
1,644
100
1,004
20
47,121
1,115
475
165
395
382
1,173
552,121
2,199
5,608
Wood too near furnace	
Totals    	
3,288
$1,608,819 F 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Aircraft-manufacturing plants .
2
163
2
1
3
302
3
1
23
Electrical appliances	
1
1
$73,749
56
1
$73,805
$746
25
223
9
775
15
4,756
6,148
2,596
10
68
12
105
25
183
2,902
5
3,364
9
10
14
165
115
37
Candle carelessness    -
Clothes too near stove  	
1
4
1
14
1
2
Defective wiring   —	
Electrical appliances 	
1
12
1
Grease on stove —  	
4
1
Matches, children with  .  	
3
1
4
Smokers'  carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire   	
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from stove    	
Stove explosion   	
87
1
18
1
1
1
1
Unknown   —  ..
1
1
Smokers' carelessness	
Overheated asphalt  	
Smokers' carelessness   	
2
1
1
1
22,317
18
$6
42
28
Automobile camps 	
1
Broken  gasoline-line  	
2
23
76
Automobiles	
$196
1,279
11,550
1,095
4,427
175
24
224
616
7,696
596
600
40
408
35
9,123
7,068
475
11,030
7
Collision	
Defective  wiring  	
7
15
5
1
Friction in brake-drum -.
Gasoline carelessness  —	
2
13
1
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe  	
Gasoline-torch carelessness   	
5
1
1
5
Matches, children with  	
Short circuit    	
Smokers' carelessness	
1
79
111
1
Unknown  	
22
1
56,657
Bakeries    	
$88
285
3,814
Defective oven   	
1
1
1
4,187
1,875
Barber-shops  	
Barns    	
$65
100
350
20
5,927
350
2
Matches,  children with ..   	
1
Smokers' carelessness	
1
5
1 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1941.
F 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
1
1
2
11
1
1
1
2
2
1
11
6
14
1
1
1
1
7
1,927
$940
18,790
11
$26,542
14
Gas explosion 	
40
$4,581
8
4,589
Boarding-houses    	
$5
87
10
15
10
76
Sparks from fireplace —           1
.
Exposure            1
Smokers' carelessness  -         1
203
3,832
1,127
400
$2,000
1,384
Sparks from engine              1
3,384
$122,581
25,000
Spontaneous combustion            1
Defective brooder             2
147,581
100
$83
5
365
987
Stove insufficiently protected  	
Incendiary      _   _. _
1,440
Churches     	
$12
1,502
12
42
Defective chimney                            1
1,568
Clubs                                 	
$77
64
239
35
Smokers'  carelessness   	
Sparks from chimney .  	
Defective chimney   	
Unknown        	
11
415
2,359
Cooperages       	
Dairies  	
Distilleries    	
Dry-cleaning establishments .
1,037
4,750
400
$7
282
16
269
20
52
71
Gasoline carelessness            1
24
717
Dwellings   	
$7,242
3,042
2,026
4,576
1,219
40
50
59,246
6,238
152
32
1,272
9,482
21
Children playing with fire  	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe 	
5
35
2
Curtains from lamp   ......
4
2
Defective chimney    	
Defective fireplace 	
Defective furnace  	
.     158
22
1
1
8
19
Defective stove or stove-pipe — 	 F 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Electrical sub-stations
Engines   	
Factories   (bed and mattress)
Factories   (broom)
Factories   (can)    —
Factories   (cheese)
Factories   (furniture)
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances
Exposure    	
Firecrackers 	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected
Gasoline carelessness   	
Gasoline   explosion      _ 	
Gasoline-torch carelessness   	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected  	
Grease on stove „   	
Hot brick placed in bed   —	
Incendiary    _
Lamp  explosion  	
Lamp upset  	
Lightning  _	
Live  coals    _	
Match  carelessness  	
Matches,  children with
Oil-furnace back-firing ..
Oil-stove  explosion   	
Paint, heating on stove, exploded
Paint-remover, explosion of 	
Sawdust-burner  back-firing    	
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected
Short circuit    	
Smokers' carelessness  — 	
Sparks from bonfire —  	
Sparks from burning rubbish
Sparks from bush fire 	
Sparks from chimney  	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Sparks from furnace or furnace-pipe
S-parks from slash fire   	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe
Spontaneous combustion  _
Static  electricity    	
Stove   explosion     	
Stove-lid falling on floor 	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Stove upset      	
Sun's rays ._    	
Tar boiling over     	
Thawing  pipes       	
Unknown   — —   	
Factories  (jam and pickles).
Wood too near furnace
Wood too near stove
Electrical  appliances  	
Carburettor back-firing
Unknown    	
Electrical appliances  	
Sparks from picker-machine 	
Sparks from  chimney 	
Sparks from mill burner
Unknown    	
Sparks from  chimney
Firecrackers  	
Smokers'   carelessness
Sparks from boiler 	
Sparks  from  chimney
Defective chimney 	
25
5
13
8
1
1
1
23
1
8
4
7
19
5
39
32
3
1
1
1
10
3
18
621
8
5
1
163
217
6
1
46
5
1
5
2
88
1
2
2
3
115
1
3
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
2
$1,145
3,104
4,499
85
1,376
616
3,944
10
4
4,479
16
2,084
6,099
224
3,021
40
1,065
7,911
498
120
37
51
2,014
39
3,411
26,656
1,270
123
700
60,977
10,071
1,469
450
12,247
1,059
950
994
20
23,766
175
360
168
1,160
120,872
256
1,721
1,638
$35
5
.,750
!,543
215
72
$405,973
3,000
1,728
40
48
1,593
3,700
11,580
2,349 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1941.
F 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Factories   (paper bag)   	
Factories   (roof products)   ....
Factories  (sack)     -
Factories  (sash and door)
Factories   (shoe)     	
1
1
1
1
1
9
9
1
40
7
1
1
13
1
4
131
1
1
1
1
1
5
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
6
2
3
1
3
1
6
1
1
1
1
1
$7,207
200
Sparks from picker-machine  	
Spontaneous combustion   	
Smokers' carelessness    	
Carburettor back-firing 	
Gasoline   explosion      	
600
5,563
19
$6,287
1,375
125
80
Unknown      	
7,867
$236
181
21
6,300
24
221
10
Defective oven    .
Match  carelessness   	
Sparks from  chimney 	
Sparks from furnace     	
6,993
159
Fruit-packing plants  —
Garages     	
Ashes against wood „ 	
$10
32
600
70
2,702
400
475
14,680
768
78
75
1,100
3,053
75
852
15,131
Gasoline carelessness  	
Matches,  children with	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from welding-machine 	
Stove insufficiently  protected  —	
Unknown     	
2
9
1
1
2
1
2
40,101
Gasoline-stations   	
$15
340
36
900
1,428
Gasoline pump damaged by car 	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from bush fire —	
1
1
1
6
2
4
2,719
2,500
14
Halls                               	
Furnace-pipe insufficiently protected 	
Smokers' carelessness — 	
Sparks from chimney  	
$23
944
27
14,625
1
1
15,619
75
$6,457
10
122
Smokers'   carelessness	
2
1
Defective chimney  	
1
1
6,589
Hotels  	
$250
95
49
26
25
25
5,174
10,800
249
13,001
Electrical  appliances    	
Grease on stove 	
Lamp explosion  	
2
1
1
1
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Sparks  from chimney  	
108
3
4
9
29,694 F 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
2
1
Stove insufficiently protected  	
2
$586
9,210
5
$400
250
20,000
1,000
13
1
7
2
21,650
$30
1,238
44
87
165
5
13
274
Electrical appliances           3
Sparks from boiler             1
Sparks from  chimney            3
Spontaneous combustion             1
Boiler insufficiently protected   -          1
1,856
500
Logging camps —	
$6,877
12,897
9
12,037
1,861
Sparks from engine              1
Unknown     —          3
33,681
$5
40
5
2
Oil igniting from hot metal             1
45
Machine-shops	
$5,900
2,793
15
8
1,372
10,088
$888
205
7
1,093
$1,070
313
7.200
280
6,302
4
2
2
15,165
$385
75
20
2
19
1
1
1
480
Mushroom-houses   	
$1,132
15
Sparks from  chimney  	
1
1,147
Offices    	
$25
11
185
3
30
1,339
3
30
91
5,570
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
Grease on stove  	
1
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Sparks from chimney  ....
7
1
1
Spontaneous combustion —	
1
4
i
7,287
1,367
3,732
64
Paper-mills	
Peat plants   _	
Unknown                                    1
Photographic studios __	
Smokers'  carelessness  _                           1
Poles  ■ 	
178
Pool-rooms	
2
Electrical  appliances   .—                                               1
$38
122
Exposure                                                                1
160 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1941.
F 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
i
6
$4,000
Ashes against wood — -          1
$15
12
37,973
32
105
16
2
Short circuit  —	
Spontaneous combustion 	
38,153
$40
1,800
1
1
1,840
200
$10
1,552
154
146
5
500
3.200
Acetylene-torch carelessness           1
Ashes against wood              1
Exposure   :.           2
Grease on stove           1
Smokers' carelessness           5
746
85
Clothes too near stove              1
5,567
$3
118
44
20
65
25
. 31
4
• 32
2,755
96
22
12
2,509
31
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness  	
          2
         55
          5
Sparks from fireplace   	
Sparks from stove   	
2
           1
           4
5,736
$200
400
60
2,425
4,031
143
1,210
738
14,337
2,131
14,464
4
73,060
19
Friction in conveyer-belt           1
Friction in pulley              1
Lightning    1           1
Overheated electric motor             1
Short circuit   ■ ,, ...
Sparks from boiler  -	
Sparks from mill burner	
           8
           2
2
i ■
Spontaneous combustion  .'.          1
113,203
$250
12
2
10
63
320
10
30
20
36
1,908
32,006
36
Gasoline  carelessness          1
Grease on stove            1
Short circuit          1
         3
         1
34,703 F 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND  CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Sheds	
48
Ashes against wood —   	
Defective stove or stove-pipe  	
1
2
              6
$11
203
301
175
          1
Incendiary   —  	
Match  carelessness  —  	
4
           1
115
350
Matches, children with    :	
Short circuit  	
6
1
           7
142
30
201
1
26
35
1,510
200
4
32
35
150
35
14
4,926
2
           3
Sparks from mill burner 	
1
1
1
1
1
Sun's rays — 	
           1
2
Unknown     	
           5
$8,496
Sheet-metal  works   .	
1.
10
Plastic gum, being heated, ignited 	
Boiler insufficiently protected  —. _—
Sparks from boiler  	
Sparks from mill burner  	
1
1
—.....          1
           2
6
$88
45
23,688
66,678
225
90,499
Ships  	
1
1
Spontaneous combustion   _	
Short circuit — : ...*.	
           1
           1
2
2,000
62,800
20
$350
100
425
393
650
350
687
400
600
100
1
105
Defective chimney    	
          1
4
Friction in pulley  	
           2
3
Sparks from acetylene-torch	
Sparks from furnace	
Spontaneous combustion  	
           1
3
1
2
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected  	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Ashes against wood   ■ .....
Burning fuse ignited clothing  	
Defective chimney    ,	
Defective oil-burner  ..:..........  ........
           1
1
           1
1
           9
           2
4,055
239
Stables    .....;. :■	
Stores   —.— 	
$182
49
37,660
49
Defective  stove-pipe  — „.'...„	
Defective wiring   _.:	
Electrical  appliances   ... . . 	
           1
           1
8
2
20
4,793
274
340
86
:■•  ■        —
          5
Incendiary  —	
Live  coal   	
1
          1
1
25
Match  carelessness .-.	
Matches, children with 	
2
          1
2,863
50
Oil-stove  explosion       	
Paint, heating on stove, exploded  	
1
1
1
500
25
50
87
3,682
50
181
22
5
40
1
6
Sparks from furnace	
          2
1
75
1,066
10
1
1 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1941.
F 19
TABLE IV—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND  CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
12
23
1
3
56
           3
$769
86,143
           7
$139,062
$4
6
10
18
44
47
182
Candle carelessness  —               1
Curtains from stove             1
Incendiary  ...           1
Clothes too near stove          2
Defective  oil-burner - -           1
Electrical  appliances  — ,-          1
3ll
Stores and dwellings  	
$20
902
5
3,087
71
30
500
25
56
8,928
3
8
2,785
Gasoline carelessness             1
Paint, heating on stove, exploded            1
Sparks from stove — 	
Stove insufficiently protected  	
Unknown   	
16,420
1,081
117
Stores and offices 	
Gasoline-torch carelessness            1
Short circuit               1
Smokers' carelessness            1
$56
59
2
$12
124
2,789
32
82
3
5
95
3,641
42
1,513
75
94
983
13
2,434
1,943
2
Defective  wiring  -            1
Gasoline carelessness  —   	
Gasoline-torch carelessness 	
Incendiary     	
Match   carelessnesss   — —
3
          2
1
•
Smokers' carelessness  	
26
2
              2
Spontaneous  combustion   	
2
Wood too near furnace  - -            1
13,880
$15
564
8
1
579
$347
1,217
159
933
1,043
Film-break at the aperture            3
Smokers'  carelessness          1
Unknown                2
3,699
684
$5,000
510
Tug-boats -	
2
20
Defective chimney          2
5,510
Warehouses	
$154
208
10
111 F 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
2
2
3,288
1
$2,020
184
175
10
750
1,612
170
19,376
1
Smokers' carelessness	
            1
„          1
1
         3
Turpentine, ignition of —	
          1
          5
Sparks from stove -	
1
          1
$24,780
Woodworking  plants	
$3,000
75
Clothes too near stove-pipe  -	
          1
1
3,075
Workshops  ..:  -.	
$5
2,700
 ■"  ' J j        3,288
2,705
$1,608,819 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1941.
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TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1937-41.
Occupancy.
Cause of Fire.
Loss op Life.
Adults.      Children.
Apartment....
Bunk-house .„
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Fishing-boat.
Store	
Totals, 1941..
Totals, 1940..
Totals, 1939..
Totals, 1938 .
Totals, 1937-
Defective wiring _ .'.
Smokers' carelessness	
Defective chimney  _	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Lamp upset _	
Smokers* carelessness _
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove insufficiently protected .
Unknown  	
Unknown . ._	
Unknown —
Unknown  _	
Oil-stove explosion ;	
13
7
7
7
3
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Charles F. Baxfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1942.
700-442-7381  

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