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 TWENTY-THIRD ANNUAL REPORT
OF
THE FIRE MAESHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF
BRITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICS, 1944
PRINTED BY
AUTHORITY  OF THE LEGISLATIVE  ASSEMBLY.
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Charles F. Banfield, Printer to tbe King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1945.  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 Twenty-third Annual Report of the
Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1944.
R. L. MAITLAND,
Attorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 191,5. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Page.
Report of Fire Marshal     5
Table I.—Inspections made and orders issued     7
Table II.—Fires reported    9
Table III.—Causes of Fires .'.  ll
Table IV.—Classification of Property burned  13
Table V.—Summary  23
Table VI.—Loss of Life  24 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL.
Office of Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1945.
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 herewith the Twenty-third Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for the year
ended December 31st, 1944.
I am pleased to be able to report that the fire loss for the period under review is
$394,038 less than the previous year, although there were 292 more fires in 1944 than
in 1943. The average fire loss for the ten-year period, 1934-43, is $2,208,466 per year.
The deaths by fire have dropped from twenty-nine in 1943 to nineteen in 1944. It
should be mentioned that, owing to the war and through having Naval, Military, or
Air Force equipment and installations in their districts, some of our cities, municipalities, and unorganized districts show a rather high fire loss compared with their previous
records. Notably this year is the City of Prince Rupert and the Municipality of
Coldstream. It is unfortunate that these fires have to be listed in the districts in
which they occur.
Fire-prevention work, through the medium of inspections and talks on Fire Prevention to various bodies, was vigorously pursued throughout the year. The Fire
Prevention Poster Competition for High School students met with a greater response
in 1944 than in previous years and I have no hesitation in stating that efforts of this
nature have an excellent effect in preventing fires. If prevention is better than cure
in other fields, then the same principle applies to fire waste.
During the year regulations were passed pursuant to the " Fire Marshal Act"
governing the location, construction, occupancy, and safety of community, assembly,
and dance halls and I am pleased to say that we have received the very finest cooperation from the owners of places that these regulations affect. Although it has been
necessary to order alterations to some of the buildings coming within the scope of these
regulations there has not been the slightest dissension on the part of the people responsible in doing any work they have been requested to do. When this work has been
completed, I think that these regulations will go a long way towards protecting from
fire the people who patronize public buildings in this Province.
During the year 1,461 general fire-hazard inspections were made throughout the
Province in conjunction with the various local Assistant Fire Marshals. This is
in addition to inspections made by the local Assistant Fire Marshals as recorded in
Table I. Eighty-five halls, sixty hotels, 141 schools, 102 plants for bulk storage of
gasoline, twelve dry-cleaning plants, sixty-seven hospitals, and seven sawmills were also
inspected. Thirty-two plans for changes to existing oil-storage plants or for new ones
were checked and approved. Plans for four hospitals were checked and approved.
Twenty-four inspections of Government owned and operated buildings were made.
Twenty inspections of aeroplane plants, ten of shipyards, five of navy yards, and eleven
of war supply manufacturing plants were made; also five security camps, operated by
the British Columbia Security Commission, were inspected.
Under the Theatre Regulations 204 inspections of theatres were made and orders
for changes and improvements, where necessary, were given.    Plans for alterations in F 0 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
or reconstruction of seven theatres were checked and approved.    Nineteen projectionist
examinations were conducted.
Under the Film Exchange Regulations seventy-two inspections of film exchanges
and film processing establishments were checked.
During the year we had five trials for arson and three convictions; one for
attempted arson, with one acquittal. These followed the seventy-five fire investigations
conducted during the year. There were nineteen prosecutions for breaches of the
" Fire Marshal Act " or regulations, with eighteen convictions.
In conclusion, I wish to express my appreciation to my staff for their splendid work
during the past year. Also, I wish to thank the local Assistant Fire Marshals throughout the Province, the Commissioner and members of the British Columbia Police, city
and municipal officials, as well as insurance companies and adjusters, for their cooperation.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
W. A. WALKER,
Fire Marshal. REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1944.
F 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS.
Inspections.
Orders.
City Municipalities (34).
20
127
62
264
28
21
5
1,001
148
6
500
- 1
Chilliwack-                                  ___„.	
11
18
4
5
10
3
784
12
117
34
712
810
3,167
1,245
263
2
2
4
16
592
74
29
120
108
857
21
802
9
6
552
21,684
507
20,794
4
116
2
596
54,759
1,516
District Municipalities (28).
88
16
74
I
121
13
45
110
1
528
5
351
204
527
1
6
7
	 F 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Inspections.
Orders.
Distric t Municipalities—Continued.
4
54
9
3
2,115
53
Village Municipalities (82).
27
18
	
1
389
1
11
14
3
31
3
83
1
Totals - r- -  -	
566
16
Fire Districts (12).
35
4
286
552
4
73
11
1
4
95
Totals    -
1,056
13
58,496
1,598
Grand totals, 1943	
56,344
70,181
75,717
76,912
1,702
1,536
2,134
5,104
Grand totals, 1942	
Grand totals, 1941__._ _ _	
Grand totals, 1940	 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1944.
F 9
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of .
Loss.
City Municipalities (S4).
Alberni 	
Armstrong 	
Chilliwack 	
Courtenay	
Cranbrook	
Cumberland	
Duncan 	
Enderby __ „
Fernie 	
Grand Forks—	
Greenwood	
Kamloops	
Kaslo 	
Kelowna  	
Kimberley ....
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	
Matsqui 	
Mission	
North Cowichan—
North Vancouver-
Oak Bay    	
Peachland —	
Penticton— _.
Pitt Meadows-	
Richmond 	
Saanich -	
Salmon Arm—	
Spallumcheen—	
Sumas__ - —_
Summerland- —
Surrey— _	
2
1
4
12
5
12
1
24
33
80
25
120
71
35
5
11
15
31
8
10
4
2
13
2,104
18
335
3,049
131
19
1
10
12
27
3
1
3
16
19
9
4
14
29
100
2
23
1
46
116
1
4
4
40
$2,820
14
51,843
992
750
1,348
4,375
14,869
4,556
299
14,241
4,161
24,909
461
937
6,487
11,595
43,431
94,722
8,843
47,401
6,517
7,410
2,585
418,844
3,952
580
699
1,320
12,867
560,419
6,696
51,108
$1,412,051
$56,862
15,844
10,349
11,706
24,398
3,046
581
5
2,472
12,542
20,927
9,312
746
11,782
23,971
108,953
3,100
25,329
775
46,268
16,703
60
3,162
2,420
306,510 F 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED-
-Continued.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
District Municipalities—Continued.
23
75
$133,236
12,377
Totals  	
733
$863,436
Village Municipalities (22).
12
1
2
2
10
2
2
3
1
1
2
2
2
16
1
2
1
9
2
$31,750
7
82
24
4,658
49
1,866
85
50
25
75,059
429
9,202
24,803
25
300
Tofino 	
8
6,865
595
Totals - —
73
$155,882
Fire Districts (12).
49
2
67
135
6
5
37
48
55
24
70
$81,379
34
229,143
294,348
56,495
1,602
137,586
329
225,181
33,589
36,066
74,828
Vancouver, County of. , ___	
Westminster. County of_             _ _
Yale, County of	
m
Totals.	
505
$1,170,580
Grand totals 	
4,360
$3,601,949
of buildings—
s ting„	
concrete	
Note.—Construction
Fire-resi
Brick or
34
284
4,042
$133,237
232,334
3,236,378
Frame..
4,360
$3,601,949 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1944.
F 11
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Acetylene-tank upset- 	
Acetylene-torch carelessness„
Alcohol-vapour explosion	
Ashes against wood 	
Broken gasoline-line 	
Bunsen burner, carelessness with	
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 Iamp-
Curtains from stove-
Defective brooder	
Defective chimney	
Defective fireplace— 	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe...
Defective gas connection j	
Defective oil-burner_  .	
Defective stove or stove-pipe-
Defective wiring— —	
Drive-shaft broke and punctured fuel-tank-
Dust explosion 	
Electrical appliances-
Engine back-firing_	
Exposure  	
Film bre-_k at the aperture-
Firecrackers — 	
Friction on brake-drum_.
Friction on pulley-
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected..
Gas explosion— 	
Gasoline carelessness-
Gasoline explosion	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe	
Gasoline-torch carelessness-
Gas-plate insufficiently protected -
Grease on stove  -	
Hot stove-lid falling on floor	
Ignition of creosote on walls from open fire-
Incendiary  	
Incense-burner upset-
Kettle boiling dry	
Lamp explosion	
Lamp upset	
Linseed-oil boiling over-
Live coals 	
Match carelessness -
Matches, children with _
Molten metal —
Oil-furnace back-firing-
Oi'1-stove explosion	
Oil-stove upset	
Overheated asphalt paint—	
Overheated electric motor. —
Overheated exhaust-pfpe of gasoline-engine..
Overheated machinery bearings 	
Overheated motor  	
Overheated vulcanizer   	
Paint-remover, being heated, ignited-
Sawduat-burner back-firing	
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected-
5
48
8
1
36
19
6
3
70
2
5
5
3
19
10
1
18
26
28
1
2
218
5
98
2
5
3
7
46
9
26
1
12
3
1
64
2
1
50
4
1
5
4
1
11
79
67
5
2
1
1
1
2
1
3
1
1
1
17
3
23,073
176
13,960
1,098
39
1,977
5,238
4,830
2,590
21,031
488
3,475
565
222
14
625
111,419
6,637
5,495
4,045
91,586
14,993
31,546
1,800
5,300
29,881
12,490
127,544
163
224
30
40,899
33,541
74,846
55,362
6,200
14,482
1,750
139
20,403
12
135
94,187
67
110
3,853
624
55
397
6,153
16,666
667
1,240
1,200
10
125,979
550
14
11,278
25
50
88
6,752
103 ' F 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued.
Causes of Fires,
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
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 drive-shaft	
Sparks from engine 	
Sparks from fireplace .	
Sparks from forge 	
Sparks from furnace or furnace-pipe..
Sparks from locomotive	
Sparks from mill burner  	
Sparks from slash fire  —
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe-
Sparks from welding-machine	
Spontaneous ignition  	
Static electricity	
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected-
Stove explosion—- 	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected-
Sulphur, ignition of- 	
Sun's rays    — _ — 	
Tar boiling over— 	
Thawing pipes  _ 	
Unknown 	
Water in lime  	
Wood too near furnace-
Wood too near stove	
147
1,485
7
9
19
15
11
430
1
5
239
1
11
1
6
4
67
4
34
3
1
3
144
2
4
13
3
371
1
2
$83,904
189,191
90,023
19,950
4,228
831
15,124
108,768
1,181
122,881
7,923
200
11,337
50
513
19,546
14,465
3,038
130,358
2,464
75
73
77,056
327
187
6,422
355
1,643,540
39
4,299
3,171
Totals-
4,360
$3,601,949 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1944.
F 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
      285
1
$28
30
83
94
1,584
130
2,562
331
657
42
27
67
139
342
3,622
114
1,444
939
16,455
10
16,566
40
513
35
903
8,040
          1
      257
2
1
2
12
1
17
4
1
2
Gasoline carelessness    — __
2
1
1
3
1
Match carelessness    - —
8
4
2
...     154
1
38
4
1
Sparks from stove ..   	
2
8
12
1
$54,797
175
$176
921
2,787
4,830
565
161
1,800
955
30
110
6,404
194
60
25
9,941
6,782
300
16
133
17,168
Alcohol-vapour explosion  	
t>
2
7
11
6
Collision      ___ 	
5
7
1
Exposure  — - _    	
Friction on brake-drum —   -	
3
3
2
11
3
2
1
96
71
1
1
Sparks from burning rubbish   	
1
20
1
1
53,358
$2,179
5,978
            2
Spontaneous ignition     	
1
1
1
1
8,157
$18,000
200
22
Defective brooder     —
18,200
$300
2,755
10,000
422
879
10
10
4,425
41,968
Engine  back-firing       	
1
1
3
1
Matches, children with   — 	
1
4
9
Spontaneous ignition   _ 	
-
60,769 F 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Barracks
Battery-manufacturing plants
Blacksmith-shops   	
Boarding-houses
Boat-building works
Boat-houses
Bowling-alleys
Bridges   	
Bunk-houses
Canneries .
Chicken-houses
Churches
Clubs
10
17
16
Causes.
Defective wiring   _ —
Gasoline carelessness  	
Short circuit _	
Smokers'  carelessness 	
Sparks from fireplace _	
Stove insufficiently protected _
Unknown   	
Acetylene-torch carelessness  —
Sparks from furnace  	
Sparks from welding-machine
Defective chimney 	
Electrical appliances _
Exposure	
Match carelessness _	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from chimney
Sparks from fireplace
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown  	
Gasoline explosion 	
Sparks from  chimney
Spontaneous ignition _
Smokers' carelessness  .
Sparks from bush fire
Unknown - 	
Coal-oil carelessness  	
Sparks from chimney	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Short circuit  —
Sparks from chimney
Unknown  	
Defective  brooder  	
Defective chimney
Lamp upset 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from chimney	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown  	
Candle carelessness
Defective wiring —
Furnace insufficiently protected
Sawdust-burner back-firing __	
Smokers' carelessness   ___	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown    —
Defective chimney 	
Defective gas connection
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness .
Sparks from chimney
Amount of Lost.
$10,349
30,000
250
550
16
173
800
2,428
$179
138
1,536
17
112
33
55
$720
2,800
$6,200
75
$920
50
8,615
$1,790
286
6,867
8,150
$400
17
2,252
$325
1,200
200
2,127
10
300
200
1,850
947
$728
1,721
648
25
255
2,758
500
$25
4,045
6
744
171
$42,138
22
2,070
3,520
6,275
65
9,585
16,093
2,669
7,159
6,635 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1944.
F 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Cooperages
Dairies   	
Distilleries 	
Drag-saws   	
Dry-cleaning plants
Dwellings
2,731
Sparks from fireplace 	
Stove insufficiently protected .
Tar boiling over  	
Unknown  —	
Exposure  _ 	
Clothes too near stove-pipe .
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown  -	
Sparks from boiler 	
Sparks from bush fire
Defective chimney 	
Electrical appliances _.
Static electricity 	
Unknown  — __
Ashes against wood  	
Candle carelessness —	
Children playing with fire   	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe .
Coal-gas explosion  	
Coal-oil carelessness  	
Curtains from lamp 	
Curtains from stove   	
Defective chimney  	
Defective fireplace _  —	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe
Defective oil-burner   —
Defective stove or stove-pipe
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure  —
Firecrackers   	
Friction on pulley    	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected
Gas explosion    	
Gasoline carelessness —	
Grease on stove     —	
Hot stove-lid falling on floor ,
Incendiary  	
Incense-burner upset 	
Kettle boiling dry - 	
Lamp explosion 	
Lamp upset - -
Live coals   __ 	
Match carelessness 	
Matches, children with
Oil-furnace back-firing .
Oil-stove upset 	
Paint-remover, being heated, ignited
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
Sparks from locomotive  	
180
19
8
10
22
14
163
50
3
1
35
6
15
50
2
17
2
10
54
42
2
1
1
13
2
14
921
12
7
4
342
226
5
1
$235
7,377
387
488
$25
16
25
30,469
$44
45
2,230
1,306
$9,526
1,196
2,507
9,778
488
1,625
222
14
76,183
6,637
4,198
12,596
13,249
14,509
15,469
23,750
51
15
32,003
816
11,780
4,519
12
15,627
43
110
3,853
49
387
1,774
11,407
1,240
10
88
4,661
73
6,011
52,532
3,134
339
2,347
76,156
7,359
254
50
$13,478
60
30,535
10
80
3,625 F 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Electrical sub-stations   —
Electric-light plants 	
Electric-light poles  	
Engines  	
Factories    (cotton   and   wool
waste)    _— —
Factories  (furniture)	
Factories (gypsum   products)
Factories (paint)    	
Factories (peanut butter) _	
Factories (sash and door) 	
Factories   (tie-weaving)   	
Fences '_  — _	
Fertilizer plants
Fire-halls  	
Fish-curing plants
Fishing-boats   	
Foundries
Freight-cars
Fruit-packing plants
Garages
65
Sparks from mill-burner   	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe .
Spontaneous ignition  _	
Stove explosion  _	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Sulphur, ignition of - _  	
Sun's rays __ _._ _ —
Tar boiling over   _ _	
Thawing pipes — _ ._  	
Unknown     __	
Wood too near stove
Short circuit
Unknown 	
Short circuit
Unknown 	
1
58
12
3
97
2
3
3
3
152
3
2
2
Unknown  	
Short circuit ..._ 	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown __	
Unknown   	
Incendiary  	
Dust explosion 	
Sparks from boiler
Unknown   	
Smokers' carelessness —
Exposure   	
Matches, children with
Smokers' carelessness —
Unknown  __	
Friction on pulley    	
Sparks from chimney  __ 	
Ignition of creosote on walls from open fire
Carburettor back-firing  	
Clothes too near stove _     	
Gasoline carelessness  — —	
Match carelessness      —	
Stove insufficiently protected	
Unknown —   -   —
Defective furnace
Incendiary   	
Molten metal —	
Sparks from furnace
Unknown   	
Matches, children with
Sparks from chimney ~
Unknown   	
Electrical appliances
Unknown    _	
Acetylene-tank upset —
Ashes against wood 	
Broken gasoline-line 	
Carburettor back-firing
$49
10,723
10,933
73
36,195
327
180
1,030
355
156,160
3,171
  $647,843
  1,150
  3,231
_  25
1,209
  44,886
$113
2,966
755
676
17,468
  21,978
  274,520
  7,518
300
$536
14,006
$10
33
15
20
$1,000
100
340
300
4,675
3,500
$797
192
562
907
1,445
$1,550
25
2,128
$1,013
5,406
$39
40
177
1,145
14,542
580
78
4,363
19
135
9,915
1,903
3,703 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1944.
F 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
5
1
1
1
1
$60
20,390
13,916
35
206
200
8,078
183
1,246
431
176
50
3,831
1,531
20
2
2
31
815
930
40
24,816
1
1
4
Gasoline carelessness   	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe  — _ 	
1
1
1
3
2
Incendiary   _ __ 	
4
1
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness    _ 	
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
6
4
1
1
1
2
Sparks from stove —	
1
2
2
17
Defective wiring     	
Electrical appliances   	
1
2
1
$78,389
Gasoline-stations  —
$250
783
1,350
13
1
Spontaneous ignition 	
Unknown 	
Defective chimney  _ 	
1
1
1
1
2,396
74,994
50
8
$30
63
30
2,046
30
4,365
9,287
10
1
Sawdust-burner back-firing _	
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Sparks from bush fire   __ 	
Clothes too near stove  '	
Defective chimney   -	
15,851
Halls   	
$45
83
5
73,988
55
4
6
2,132
3,949
1
8
Gas explosion  _ 	
Incendiary    _	
Sparks from chimney   _ 	
1
2
Wood too near furnace  —_ —
Incendiary	
Electrical  appliances     	
1
1
1
1
80,267
65
Haystacks     	
$132
1,140
55
110
296
103
Linseed-oil boiling over  — —
1
4
1
Ashes against wood   -	
Clothes too near stove    	
Electrical  appliances    _	
Exposure    _ __ —  —-	
1
1
2
3
          1
1,733
Hotels  _	
$32
18
191
568
35
39,554
6,472
44
81
2
2
Sparks from chimney  	
Sparks from fireplace    	 F 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
2
5
10
Sparks from furnace  —
1
1
2
6
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
4
1
2
3
2
1
4
4
11
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
5
2
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
14
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
$9,167
51
500
15,078
$71,710
$541
1,400
1,941
$238
49
27
Clothes too near stove  - _ — _	
Clothes too near stove   _  —
314
$1,529
50
210
1,583
234
9,027
1
27
1
1
Smokers'  carelessness	
Static  electricity        	
12,633
300
Logging camps  	
Engine back-firing   ___ — _ 	
$1,955
36,381
1,405
20,000
68,058
19,546
110,914
Gasoline  carelessness    _	
Sparks from slash fire  _	
Unknown    	
258,259
2,500
33,854
Lumber piles  _  	
Lumber-yards   	
Machine-shops 	
6
1
7
2
Furnace  insufficiently  protected   	
Short   circuit	
Smokers'   carelessness    	
Sparks  from  forge   	
Spontaneous   ignition   	
$12
4
10
200
748
5,000
Stove insufficiently  protected   	
5,974
100
Maintenance-wagons   	
Mining properties 	
$293
54,823
65,523
Sparks from engine   	
120,639
68
15
Mushroom-houses  	
1
25
Bunsen burner, carelessness with  .-_	
$39
755
3,546
2,218
200
300
1,871
5
473
5,357
1
Exposure     	
14,764
700
Oil-houses  .,
Overheated machinery bearings _—	
$10,000
13,439
1
Peat plants   	
23,439
775
Piggeries  - _	
2
$1,200
3,000
4,200 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1944.
F 19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Power-houses —
Printing-offices
Railway-stations
Repeater stations
Restaurants  	
Rooming-houses
Schools
24
Unknown   -  	
Exposure    	
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected
Incendiary    —	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Spontaneous ignition	
Defective oil-burner ..
Ashes against wood ..
Defective chimney —
Defective stove-pipe .
Electrical appliances
Exposure   	
Furnace insufficiently protected
Grease on stove   	
Short circuit   —
Smokers' carelessness .___	
Sparks from chimney  -
Stove or stove-pipe  insufficiently protected .
Unknown       .—.
Candle carelessness  —
Defective chimney
Defective stove-pipe -
Electrical  appliances
Firecrackers     _
Grease on stove 	
Incense-burner  upset
Live coals  	
Match carelessness  	
Matches,  children with
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness —
Sparks from chimney ...
Sparks from fireplace -
Sparks from stove 	
Unknown   	
Acetylene-torch carelessness
Electrical appliances 	
Engine back-firing   ___ 	
Incendiary    	
Overheated  electric   motor  	
Overheated machinery bearings
Short circuit   	
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
Sparks from boiler  —	
Sparks from drive-shaft	
Sparks from mill burner 	
Stove insufficiently protected 	
Unknown   -
Clothes too near stove
Defective chimney 	
Incendiary	
Short circuit    	
Smokers'  carelessness   — -	
Sparks from chimney  	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected..
Tar boiling over   	
Unknown   —   	
$998
75
$150
5
10
$206
8,473
20
75
280
50
14,101
354
2,626
13
356
16,518
$18
209
5
91
10
14
24
10
612
185
18
9,399
1,288
165
24
2,331
$551
574
535
3,000
500
1,028
4,500
81,934
11,499
1,181
152
13,366
111,944
$10
804
38,051
12,927
4,307
100
160
168
66,331
$3,147
1,073
165
50,000
43,072
14,403
230,764
122,858 F 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes-.
Amount of Loss.
67
          7
$285
90
1,039
163
375
1,500
910
369
226
40
377
90
260
630
2,795
4,230
20
1,004
5,543
1
4
3
          1
         3
1
1
          1
-     -         6
Smokers'  carelessness    - —
6
         1
1
3
Sparks from burning rubbish 	
3
         2
          4
          2
Spontaneous ignition — 	
3
          1
...   ..         2
        19
1
$19,946
555
Shingle-mills  _	
4
$22,500
400
400,000
14,641
         1
3
i
-83
Sparks from acetylene-torch —	
1
1
         1
422,900
Shipyards 	
$3,869
5,400
130
         1
Unknown     	
1
...   .         1
9,399
Skating-rinks    	
$773
29,870
30
1
.   .        1
          1
30,673
$500
100
5,000
320
140
50
105
126,979
50
50
75
250
18
100
2
2
142
.    .        1
■
1
5
2
1
2
           1
1
          2
2
Sparks' from acetylene-torch — 	
1
1
.    .        2
.   .        1
132,737
$5
20
          1
          1
25
$100
312
.    .         1
2
412
$1,692
5
401
4,394
26.724
6
7,000
75
1
6
          8
10
1
Gasoline carelessness   - -	
1
1 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1944.
F 21
TABLE  IV,
-CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
apartments 	
dwellings 	
rooms  	
17
16
9
46
2
          5
$5,748
10
20
115
22,618
12
204
22
14,074
128
7
2,910
47,738
350
          1
2
          4
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from burning rubbish   '•
Sparks from chimney 	
69
           1
5
          1
          2
          4
1
Tar boiling over 	
          3
13
          1
           2
$134,253
$19
5
15
72
19,728
404
101
173
25
119
           1
           1
           1
          3
          1
          1
Smokers' carelessness  — 	
          3
2
2
          1
20,661
$1,237
48
964
898
3,500
55
575
78
5,984
9
1,161
          1
Defective stove-pipe -	
1
          1
          1
1
          3
Sparks from burning rubbish 	
1
          3
Sparks from fireplace   	
          1
           2
           1
14,509
Stores and
$35
61
3,378
809
338
*
          4
Spontaneous ignition   	
          1
              2
           1
4,621
Stores and
$855
9,378
1,651
5,620
4,500
303
369
853
12
4,300
6,090
326
389
10,595
Clothes too near stove  —	
Defective chimney  	
1
          3
          3
          1
Grease on stove    — -
—           2
          2
Match carelessness — - -	
Matches, children with  	
1
          1
1
        19
Sparks from chimney  -	
           3
3
Unknown    	
Short circuit   - -	
           5
2
          2
45,241
14,981
$163
11,980
5
Incendiary    -	
1 F 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
■—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
$50
1,442
Tug boats  ...._          8
$10,733
100
450
6,491
$40
150
Exposure                  1
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected         2
Gasoline-torch carelessness  '           1
43
45
1,500
994
3,843
Match carelessness    -           1
Overheated exhaust-pipe of gasoline-engine  ...         1
Overheated machinery bearings   .1         1
Smokers' carelessness    ____         2
Sparks from acetylene-torch   —          1
Sparks from boiler              1
65
14
250
626
7,193
3,500
295
85
Unknown             9
21,242
39
$4,755
477
15
       -   4,360
Totals   4,360
     $3,601,949 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1944.
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TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1940-44.
Occupancy.
Cause of Fire.
Loss op Life.
Adults.
Children.
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Dwelling  - 	
Coal-oil carelessness    	
-
1
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Dwelling : -
1
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Totals, 1944   	
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16
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Totals, 1943._	
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Totals, 1942 	
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Totals, 1940 	
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Chakles F. Banfield, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1945.
1-445-6282

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