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 THE FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
TWENTY-FIFTH
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS, 1946
VICTORIA, B.C. :
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1947.  To His Honour C. A. BANKS,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the
Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1946.
GORDON S. WISMER,
A ttorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 1947. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Page.
Report of Fire Marshal „     5
Table I.—Inspections made and Orders issued     7
Table II.—Fires reported     8
Table III.—Causes of Fires  „  10
Table IV.—Classification of Property burned  11
Table V.—Summary  22
Table VI.—Loss of Life .  23 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL.
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1947.
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 herewith the Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for the year
ended December 31st, 1946. I am happy to report that there was a loss decrease of
$1,809,894 from the year 1945, although there were 371 more fires during 1946. The
average fire loss for the year 1946 was $629 as compared with $1,030 for 1945. This
would indicate that more fires were extinguished before they had a chance to spread
or get out of control.
During the year thirty-six persons lost their lives through fire in the Province—
twenty-one men, seven women, and eight children. Fires occurring where children
were left alone in the home accounted for six deaths.
There were ten fires during the year with a loss in excess of $50,000 each. These
fires accounted for $893,346 of our fire loss, and the greater number occurred in
industrial plants.
Fire-prevention work was carried out during the year, both by educational propaganda and by actual inspections. During Fire Prevention Week the annual poster
contest of the Dominion Fire Prevention Association was conducted among the junior
and senior high school students of the Province. Three prizes of $25, $10, and $5
were given for what were considered the best posters on fire-prevention, and these were
sent to Ottawa for the Dominion judging.
The following are some of the activities of the Fire Marshal's Office for the year
1946:—
General fire-hazard inspections 1,976
Special inspections of halls :      125
Special inspections of hotels     236
Special inspections of schools     320
Special inspections of hospitals     157
Plans checked for new hospitals or alterations to existing ones._      15
Plans checked for new schools       26
Plans checked for new hotels and apartments       14
Plans checked for new arenas :         6
Inspections of bulk storage plants for gasoline and oils     240
Inspections of oil-refineries       14
Inspections of gasoline service-stations     141
Inspections of sawmills      75
Inspections of dry-cleaning plants       30
Inspections of Government owned or operated buildings      50
Inspections of theatres under the Theatre Regulations    247
Plans checked for new halls or alterations to existing ones      28
Plans checked for new theatres and alterations to existing ones     27
Projectionists' examinations held      26
Inspections of film exchanges and processing laboratories      74 C 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
During the year 121 fire investigations were conducted, with the following
results:—
Fire inquiries held  —         6
Prosecutions under the " Fire Marshal Act " and regulations—.      20
Convictions    20
Prosecutions for arson          5
Convictions      4
Acquittals      1
Forty-seven appeals from orders issued by local Assistant Fire Marshals under
the " Fire Marshal Act" were heard and decisions given. There were no petitions to
the Courts f rom the decisions of the Fire Marshal.
In conclusion I wish to express my appreciation to my staff for their splendid work
and co-operation during the past year. I also wish to thank all 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 co-operation.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
W. A. WALKER,
Fire Marshal. REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1946.
C 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
FIRE MARSHALS.
City Municipalities (3&).
ASSISTANT
Inspections.
Orders.
Inspections.
Orders.
12
2
3
3
15
678
2,527
289
181
6
34
407
117
340
46
88
449
96
25
84
118
623
7
2
2
944
103
614
10
616
Trail	
809
16,588
377
19,751
5
818
Vancouver	
Vernon	
54
2
Ladysmith	
192
291
Totals	
762
47,106
984
District Municipalities (28).
Burnaby	
852
3
2
2
Oak Bay	
782
13
Peachland	
Delta	
310
365
8
Esquimalt	
78
2
3
Kent	
Langley	
99
8
15
63
2
4
10
105
Totals
2,682
44
Village Municipalities (28).
16
1
24
6
5
99
32
10
1
Hope	
Torino	
48
328
Westview	
Totals	
512
58 C 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Fire Districts (13).
Cariboo, County of	
loco	
Kootenay, County of	
Langford	
Nanaimo, County of	
Pacific Mills, Limited	
Powell River	
Prince Rupert, County of..
Inspections.
55
417
11
Orders.
University Area	
Vancouver, County of	
Victoria, County of	
Westminster, County of..
Yale, County of	
Totals-
Inspections.
12
2
604
Inspections.
Grand totals, 1946   60'904
Grand totals, 1945   60.638
Grand totals, 1944   58,496
Grand totals, 1943   56,344
Grand totals, 1942   70,181
Orders.
10
Orders.
1,096
1,350
1,598
1,702
1,536
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED.
City Municipalities (34) ■
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
6
6
30
12
12
2
17
8
8
9
4
37
39
6
8
6
59
$2,055
854
5,636
1,017
825
53
102,026
12,733
848
1,967
9,356
27,581
43
119
111
28
8
10
9
30
6
7
2
3
26
2,764
31
369
$61,766
78,618
12,847
7,790
5,313
5,849
1,521
7,492
306
971
45
635
Trail	
2,603
10,449
9,344
1,628
5,560
14,487
802,640
9,363
72,714
Merritt
3,835
$1,276,892 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1946.
C 9
TABLE II.—FIRES REPOBTED—Continued.
District Municipalities (28).
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
186
17
1
15
11
45
3
2
12
36
30
13
8
8
51
$16,918
17,717
141
152,160
205,402
9,526
6,560
650
4,262
44,648
23,076
9,438
12,271
53,713
25,016
Oak Bay	
95
2
40
7
52
120
1
10
9
58
32
70
$5,856
143
41,251
6,780
Delta	
109,567
16,526
1,800
Kent	
14,646
14,429
39,179
12,694
12,385
Totals	
934
$856,654
Village Municipalities (28).
Fire Districts (13).
8
1
2
1
1
2
8
12
5
7
8
1
3
$6,447
250
170
56
40
37
1,449
3,510
178
4,568
3
2
1
6
7
2
1
2
9
3
$22,422
6,223
25
360
5,717
700
Tofino	
25
260
1,506
100
1,105
546
Totals	
192
95
$55,886
Cariboo, County of	
loco	
Kootenay, County of	
Langford	
Nanaimo, County of	
Pacific Mills, Limited	
Powell River	
Prince Rupert, County of.
75
$202,800
2
36
88
136,691
1
900
128
302,270
6
4,193
11
7,353
29
171,808
University Area ,
Vancouver, County of....
Victoria, County of	
Westminster, County of.
Yale, County of	
Totals	
7
64
73
27 .
600
$181
169,880
48,106
75,538
128,220
$1,247,976
Number.
Grand totals   5,464
Note.—Construction of buildings—
Fire-resistive          58
Brick, concrete, or heavy timber       347
Wood frame  :  4,622
Metal or corrugated iron        437
5,464
Amount of
Loss.
$3,437,408
$37,416
319,097
2,928,758
152,537
$3,437,408 C 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Acetylene-torch carelessness	
Alcohol-vapour explosion	
Ashes against wood	
Asphalt boiling over	
Boiler insufficiently protected	
Broken equalizing-rod	
Broken gasoline-line	
Broken oil-line	
Bunsen burner.carelessness with	
Candle carelessness	
Canvas ignited from exhaust-pipe....
Carburettor back-firing	
Car upset	
Children playing with fire	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe.
Coal-gas explosion	
Coal-oil carelessness	
Coal-stoker back-firing	
Collision	
Curtains from stove	
Defective battery connection	
Defective brooder	
Defective chimney	
Defective electric motor	
Defective electric switch	
Defective film	
Defective fireplace	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe....
Defective oil-burner	
Defective oven	
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
Defective wiring	
Dust explosion	
Electrical appliances	
Engine back-firing	
Exposure	
Firecrackers	
Friction on brake-drum	
Friction on conveyer-belt	
Friction on emery-wheel	
Friction on pulley	
Furnace  or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected	
Gas explosion	
Gasoline carelessness	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe	
Gasoline-pump damaged by car	
Gasoline-torch carelessness	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected	
Grease dripping on hot sawdust	
Grease on stove	
Hot stove-lid falling on floor	
7
62
1
4
1
8
2
1
62
1
34
9
14
121
11
11
3
4
6
1
8
303
1
1
2
29
4
27
1
23
35
2
259
1
62
19
2
31
16
57
18
1
17
4
3
83
2
463
25,536
50
1,254
45
1,157
110
251
2,157
5
17,287
2,973
2,171
8,396
10,074
5,863
134
760
228
356
2,002
94,760
25
30
6
5,865
1,162
12,689
25
12,946
73,553
515
47,168
14,473
51,146
1,911
668
1,720
777
9,750
17,503
13,708
91,827
3,501
112
15,312
646
635
17,374
21
Ignition of paint	
Incendiary	
Lamp explosion	
Lamp upset	
Lantern upset	
Lightning	
Live coals	
Match carelessness ,
Matches, children with	
Mattress too near fireplace	
Mattress too near furnace ,
Molten metal	
Oil-burner explosion	
Oil leaking from defective oil-
drum into furnace-pit	
Oil-vapour explosion	
Overheated machinery bearings	
Overheated oven	
Sawdust-burner back-firing	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from acetylene-torch	
Sparks from boiler	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from bush fire	
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from fireplace	
Sparks from forge	
Sparks from furnace or furnace-
pipe	
Sparks from mill burner	
Sparks from picker-machine.	
Sparks from slash fire	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe	
Sparks from welding-machine	
Spontaneous ignition	
Static electricity	
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently
protected	
Sun's rays	
Tar boiling over	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown	
Varnish boiling over	
Water in lime ,
Wood too near furnace.	
Wood too near stove	
Totals	
1
85
5
6
56
78
2
2
3
1
1
1
1
1
12
237
2,178
27
9
50
4
215
9
292
23
93
11
41
1
197
2
8
4
376
1
2
4
4
$567
144,538
4,267
22,580
4,754
20,594
469
16,810
14,821
185
100
364
2,500
139
113
8,835
160,927
327,645
28,293
1,776
14,079
5,672
75,122
90,665
22,268
185
3,110
8,796
75
3,152
54,410
7,298
296,260
484
765
144,013
50
17,948
84
1,357,941
90
65
895
2,004
5,464
$3,437,408 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1946.
C 11
TABLE IV—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES.
Property.
Amount of Loss.
Aeroplane hangars .
Apartments   	
1
345
Automobile camps
Automobiles
Incendiary  .  1
Ashes against wood  3
Candle carelessness   4
Clothes too near stove   8
Coal-oil carelessness   1
Defective chimney   26
Defective fireplace   3
Defective oil-burner   2
Defective stove-pipe  „  1
Electrical appliances  \  22
Exposure   2
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected.. 2
Gas explosion  4
Gasoline carelessness   1
Gasoline-torch carelessness   3
Gas-plate insufficiently protected   1
Grease on stove   5
Incendiary   1
Lamp upset   1
Match carelessness   5
Matches, children with   3
Sawdust-burner back-firing   2
Short circuit   5
Smokers'  carelessness    192
Sparks from bonfire   1
Sparks from chimney   26
Sparks from fireplace   3
Sparks from furnace   2
Sparks from stove   2
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected   4
Unknown   10
Electrical appliances  ,  1
Grease on stove   1
Short circuit   1
Smokers'  carelessness   ...  2
Sparks from stove   1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Unknown   1
Acetylene-torch  carelessness    1
Alcohol-vapour  explosion   7
Ashes against wood  3
Broken equalizing-rod   1
Broken gasoline-line   6
Broken oil-line   2
Canvas ignited from exhaust-pipe   1
Carburettor back-firing   17
Car upset   9
Collision     3
Defective wiring  -  16
Electrical appliances   1
Exposure     1
Friction on brake-drum   2
Gasoline carelessness   11
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe   18
Incendiary   2
Match carelessness   3
Matches, children with   2
Short circuit  141
Smokers'  carelessness   124
Sparks from acetylene-torch   9
Sparks from welding-machine   2
Tar boiling over   1
Unknown    29
$6,034
353
222
12
1,947
274
195
240
1,695
47
165
51
18
202
15
280
170
19,234
SO
195
310
6,461
19,953
22
10,848
106
65
1,831
169
28,892
$11
40
24
1,329
42
10
655
$10
463
158
45
882
110
5
1,665
2,973
510
1,054
10
400
668
3,040
3,501
472
586
41
15,104
10,253
1,647
529
275
13,586
$11
100,086
2,111
57,987 C 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
6
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
I
1
2
1
1
3
1
2
1
1
5
15
1
1
1
1
$480
35
25
32
39
3
3
$611
$40
150
535
Unknown 	
Smokers'  carelessness 	
725
$128
2,127
1
2,255
25
29
$3,500
1,665
4,754
11,085
3,200
1,994
13,211
156,666
4
1
196,075
$6,500
7
3,071
500
1
1
1
1
2
10,078
7
$1,200
1,050
164
175
5,495
7
Short circuit 	
2
Electrical appliances 	
2
1
2
1
1
1
8,084
$59
14
20
7,514
2
Sparks from chimney 	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
7,607
$12
2,450
3
1
       12
2,462
$483
1,236
1,301
Defective oil-burner 	
1
1
3,020
200
Bridges 	
$25
408
893
20
2,630
25,658
62,178
2
Gasoline carelessness 	
Short circuit 	
1
1
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from stove 	
1
1
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected 	
4
Spontaneous ignition 	
Gasoline carelessness 	
2
1
91,812
254,841
Canneries   	
Chemical plants 	
2
1
28
$4,538
2,203
Spontaneous ignition 	
1
6,741
14,505
Chicken-hatcheries  	
Defective brooder 	
$2,002
5,050
3,210
Exposure   	 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1946.
C 13
TABLE IV—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Churches
Clubs
25
Dairies         3
Dental laboratories           2
Dry-cleaning   plants         10
Dwellings    3,320
Lamp explosion   1
Matches, children with   1
Short circuit   1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Stove insufficiently protected   6
Unknown   8
Candle carelessness   1
Incendiary   1
Match carelessness  1
Smokers'  carelessness   1
Sparks from bonfire   1
Sparks from chimney   1
Unknown   1
Defective chimney   2
Defective oil-burner   1
Exposure   1
Gas   explosion     1
Grease on stove   1
Smokers'  carelessness   14
Sparks from chimney  1
Stove-pipe insufficiently  protected   1
Unknown   3
Defective chimney   1
Match carelessness   1
Short circuit   1
Electrical appliances   1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Boiler insufficiently protected   1
Defective electric switch  1
Defective oil-burner   1
Defective wiring   1
Electrical appliances   1
Gasoline carelessness   1
Match  carelessness     1
Unknown   3
Acetylene-torch  carelessness   1
Ashes against wood   35
Candle carelessness   55
Children playing with fire   13
Clothes too near stove   96
Coal-gas  explosion    8
Coal-oil carelessness    7
Coal-stoker  back-firing    2
Curtains from stove   5
Defective chimney   237
Defective electric motor  1
Defective fireplace   25
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe   3
Defective oil-burner   12
Defective stove or stove-pipe   18
Defective wiring   12
Electrical  appliances    190
Exposure    28
Firecrackers     10
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected.. 21
Gas explosion   3
Gasoline carelessness  19
Gasoline-torch  carelessness    5
$50
20
11
45
1,351
5,798
$22
55
25
100
1,107
5
200
$106
139
28
11
157
5,908
16
1,134
6,120
$10
9,375
599
$1,475
30
$559
30
45
4,035
25
275
41
704
$25
16.795
1,743
2,081
4,414
3,310
3,951
122
97
74,609
25
6,712
1,147
2,482
12,371
26,422
11,404
17,317
1,552
16,041
234
16,748
2,131
$17,537
1,514
13,619
9,984
1.505
5,714 C 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
■—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
manufacturing plants
1
3
2
1
1
1
4
1
1
2
1
4
1
2
39
69
2
37
3
2
4
5
32
55
2
2
1
1
1
8
41
1,393
27
2
159
281
16
69
13
128
2
5
1
145
1
3
4
$9,172
21
55,851
4,202
26
93
119
1,505
12,452
53
99
30
100
364
478
11,016
59,239
1,021
50
57,927
21,770
2,042
12,817
6,418
62,644
50
1,405
10
148,162
30
795
2,004
Oil leaking from defective oil-drum into furnace-
pit	
Sparks from bush fire 	
Wood too near furnace 	
Wood too near stove 	
Overheated   oven   	
$693,698
113
$2,703
225
200
(grain)   	
(broom)   	
(candied fruits)	
(casket)	
3,128
$3,190
69,038
72,228
60
87
Factories
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Defective chimney 	
Factories
33,924
$2,273
20
484
22,658
Smokers'  carelessness	
Friction on conveyer-belt 	
25,435
150
Factories
Factories
47,567
Varnish boiling over 	
$20
90
(roofing material)	
(spring manufactur-
110
13,078
Factories
Boiler insufficiently protected 	
$60
1,479
130
12,543
Friction on conveyer-belt 	
Sparks from boiler 	
Sparks from forge 	
14,212
10
27
ing)	
Smokers' carelessness 	
$200 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1946.
C 15
TABLE IV—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Flour-mills
Foundries  .
Freight-cars           2
Fruit-processing plants         1
Garages  (private)        64
Amount of Loss.
Garages   (public)          28
Gasoline-stations        17
Carburettor back-firing 	
Clothes too near stove 	
Coal-oil carelessness	
Defective oil-burner 	
Gas explosion 	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Incendiary 	
Match carelessness 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers'  carelessness 	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Exposure 	
Defective chimney	
Molten metal  	
Smokers'  carelessness ...
Sparks from furnace 	
Unknown 	
Wood too near furnace
Unknown 	
Water in lime
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Ashes against wood   2
Defective battery connection   1
Electrical appliances   1
Exposure    ,  3
Gasoline carelessness   2
Incendiary   3
Lamp  upset   1
Match carelessness   1
Matches, children with   1
Short  circuit    1
Smokers'  carelessness    16
Sparks from acetylene-torch   1
Sparks from bonfire   10
Spontaneous ignition   1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Unknown   9
Carburettor back-firing 	
Exposure 	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Gasoline-pump damaged by car
Ignition of paint 	
Incendiary 	
Short  circuit  	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
Sparks from furnace 	
Sparks from welding-machine ..
Unknown  	
Clothes too near stove 	
Defective chimney 	
Firecrackers 	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Short  circuit  	
Sparks from acetylene-torch .
Sparks from stove 	
Stove insufficiently protected
$11,967
75
1,750
1,432
11,522
11,158
500
4,214
5
15
500
2,850
4,550
$50
155
2,310
151
175
100
$1,050
35
$504
356
400
450
3,672
149
1,358
429
220
600
5,616
10
543
150
8
14,264
$150
114'
3,828
112
567
10,482
399
2,527
13,833
604
6,167
2,377
$15
4,393
5
455
49
4,700
6
2,682
$50,738
62
2,941
1,085
9,938
28,729
41,160 C 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
2
         3
         1
$1,713
$14,018
$350
350
1
Live coals 	
         1
         1
         1
         1
         1
         1
700
55
4
$550
96
23
6,495
      21
        3
        1
         6
         1
        6
         1
        1
         2
        2
         1
7,164
$75
95
18,005
2
8,652
884
976
4,427
2
33,116
$125
25
1,668
60
42
9
    172
         1
        4
        2
1
         1
        4
         1
        2
1,920
$240
1,775
240
36,304
746
6,670
212
465
68,953
225
200
13,881
3
8
8
1
33
        3
         2
            2
         2
     148
         4
         1
              2
129,911
$141
15
50
Unknown 	
         1
         1
          2
206
$182
369
35
3,220
          1
Smokers' carelessness 	
         2
        3
           1
3,806
$206
2,009
463
55
10
98
         1
2
Smokers'  carelessness  	
         1
1
2,841
30,000
Clothes too near stove 	
         1
1
$1,566
14,473
16,893
2,299
8,395
6,711
5,622
             1
2 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1946.
C 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
i
ii
i
7
4
28
1
1
2
2
1
1
2
1
6
2
4
$3,439
3,152
99,611
$162,161
670
$107
68
777
340
898
1,381
152
71
3,794
691
$148
1,330
84
34,960
36,522
$323
250
135
708
$82
95
509
1,345
166
205
9
4,340
4,360
87
37
213
619
5
3,220
174
Electrical appliances         2
15,366
4 545
Defective  chimney           1
Stove insufficiently protected          1
$170
5,537
5,707
$163
3,318
3,481
667
60
$30
10
40
2,200
$78,782
9,000
16,495
104,277
156
$55
101
$700
50 C 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Radio-stations        1
Railway-stations         1
Restaurants          32
Rooming-houses       119
Causes.
Sawmills       31
Schools
Sparks from picker-machine
Unknown 	
19
Sheds
87
Ashes against wood 	
Candle  carelessness  	
Clothes too near stove	
Curtains from stove 	
Defective chimney  	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure  	
Gasoline-torch   carelessness  .....
Grease on stove 	
Incendiary 	
Match carelessness 	
Matches, children with 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Sparks from stove 	
Stove insufficiently  protected
Unknown 	
Boiler insufficiently protected 	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe..
Electrical appliances 	
Friction on conveyer-belt 	
Friction on pulley 	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Incendiary 	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from boiler 	
Sparks from engine 	
Sparks from mill burner 	
Unknown 	
Ashes against wood ....
Clothes too near stove .
Sparks from chimney 	
Unknown 	
Defective chimney 	
Electrical appliances  	
Exposure   	
Gas explosion	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected 	
Grease on stove 	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Sparks from stove 	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Thawing pipes 	
Unknown 	
Clothes too near stove 	
Defective chimney	
Exposure  	
Incendiary ,	
Matches, children with 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from stove 	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Amount of Loss.
12
2
6
1
2
1
1
1
1
3
5
3
1
2
1
2
1
78
1
6
6
2
2
2
1
2
2
1
1
2
1
2
3
1
5
10
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
5
4
5
1
$75
10,273
$20
455
950
323
561
288
2,058
2,290
5,183
25
2,882
$40
33
10
131
121
95
670
5,450
120
734
34
15
5,967
275
293
239
3,640
3,351
80
$85
1,157
3,534
91
9,700
36,194
15,000
6,250
725
3,950
8,471
56,043
$10
190
2,000
75
278
326
77,464
20
15
2,116
131,168
$459
456
$11,098
17
10
15,035
21,298
141,200
213,662 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1946.
C 19
TABLE IV—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
2
Coal-oil  carelessness 	
Gasoline carelessness 	
          1
          1
          1
        3
         2
         3
         4
          1
$136
50
175
550
200
468
1,852
15
312
250
1,480
10
7,134
90
286
3,209
2,500
200
450
2,379
2,118
10,533
Lamp upset 	
         3
         1
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
Spontaneous ignition	
         6
         1
       16
         1
         2
         2
         1
         2
         1
         6
         7
       16
         1
$35,311
$5
50
9
.   ,        4
.   _       4
        1
        1
         1
55
$139
776
75
173,959
         3
           1
Unknown  	
         4
         2
         1
         1
         1
174,949
1,100
$500
100
500
$6,000
3,570
425
        2
           1
Spontaneous ignition 	
         1
         1
        2
9,995
4,000
      28
$220
50
15
515
6,500
50
559
2,100
75
350
145
25
25
200
250
15
3
,    171
....:      i
      i
         2
          1
         2
         2
         6
         1
         3
         2
         1
         1
         1
         1
         1
        3
11,094
635
        4
$144
156
12
55
4,811
        5
          1
        1
               2 C 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
1
$35
8
16,658
4
1,269
4
104
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected..
2
550
1
1
313
2,552
1
20
7
12,259
4
116
4
88
1
6,306
7
5,456
77
12,453
1
100
3
474
7
241
2
115
7
14,194
1
34
15
79,949
1
$113
6
1
2
541
1
15
1
1,329
1
5
1
2
78
1
23
25
739
1
10
1
12
2
257
      41
5
Stores and dwellings 	
$744
1
431
Defective wiring 	
1
350
4
159
'
3
10,385
1
38
1
2,562
1
100
14
244
1
639
1
116
2
8
6
1
26,973
Stores and offices 	
$251
163
1
1
1
7,247
4
3,757
      42
2
Stores and rooms 	
$45
1
5
220
2
2
1
4,639
12
1
70
22
4,593 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1946.
C 21
TABLE IV—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Street-cars     2
Tents    1
Theatres    ,  4
Tractors     3
Trailers     6
Tug-boats
Warehouses
40
Wharves           1
Woodworking plants          1
Workshops            1
Totals 5,464
Sparks from chimney   1
Sparks from stove   1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Unknown   3
Short  circuit    2
Sparks from bonfire   1
Ashes against wood   1
Defective film   2
Electrical  appliances    1
Broken gasoline-line   1
Gasoline carelessness   1
Short circuit   1
Coal-oil carelessness   1
Electrical  appliances    1
Gasoline carelessness   1
Lamp upset   1
Smokers'  carelessness    2
Carburettor back-firing   1
Smokers'  carelessness  1
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Unknown   1
Acetylene-torch carelessness    1
Electrical  appliances    2
Exposure     1
Furnace  insufficiently protected   2
Gasoline-torch   carelessness     1
Incendiary    2
Matches, children with   3
Sawdust burner back-firing   1
Short  circuit  4
Smokers'  carelessness    5
Sparks from acetylene-torch   1
Sparks from chimney   1
Sparks from stove   1
Spontaneous   ignition     4
Stove or  stove-pipe insufficiently protected   2
Unknown    9
Unknown   1
Unknown    1
Ashes against wood   l
 5,464
$5
81
15
268
$232
6
37
$75
477
251
$100
10
3,300
1,650
125
3,000
10
510
500
17
$413
2,002
92
230
140
15,869
30
1,741
53,584
2,027
2,000
25
118
6,220
65
57,574
$10,085
25
275
803
4,037
142,130
1,301
3,200
10
437,408 C 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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C 23
TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1942-46.
Cause of Fire.
Loss of Life.
Occupancy.
Men.
Women.
Children.
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
21
25
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
7
12
1
2
2
1
1
1
Hotel	
Hotel	
Totals, 1946	
8
Totals, 1945	
21
Totals, 1944	
Men and
1
2
1
Women.
4
4
6
5
Totals, 1943	
5
Totals, 1942	
16
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1947.
765-547-3747 

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