Open Collections

BC Sessional Papers

THE FIRE MARHSAL FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL REPORT STATISTICS, 1947 British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1949

Item Metadata

Download

Media
bcsessional-1.0340101.pdf
Metadata
JSON: bcsessional-1.0340101.json
JSON-LD: bcsessional-1.0340101-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): bcsessional-1.0340101-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: bcsessional-1.0340101-rdf.json
Turtle: bcsessional-1.0340101-turtle.txt
N-Triples: bcsessional-1.0340101-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: bcsessional-1.0340101-source.json
Full Text
bcsessional-1.0340101-fulltext.txt
Citation
bcsessional-1.0340101.ris

Full Text

 THE FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
TWENTY-SIXTH
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS, 1947
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
I'rliiled hy Don MoDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1948.  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-sixth Annual Report of the
Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1947.
GORDON S. WISMER,
Attorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 19J>8. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Report of Fire Marshal.
Page.
.__    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  23
Table VI.—Loss of Life  24 REPORT  OF  THE  FIRE  MARSHAL.
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1948.
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-sixth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for the year
ended December 31st, 1947.
I regret to report that the 1947 fire-loss is more than double that of 1946, in fact
it averages approximately $22,900 per day, which is far too great a loss for a Province
with the population of British Columbia. In a measure it can be attributed to some
extremely large fires. There were several of these in the City of Vancouver, and
a dock fire at Port Alberni caused a loss of over $2,000,000. These and the very
disastrous fires at Colony Farm and the Doukhobor fires in the Kootenay country all
contributed to this tremendous loss. In addition to this, there were 231 more fires
reported than in 1946, and, of course, property values are still high.
I must again mention the large number of fires attributed to smokers' carelessness.
Over one-third of all fires reported are from this cause.
Inspection-work during the year has shown a considerable increase over previous
years, and we hope it will soon reflect favourably in our fire-loss.
Appeals and inquiries were held throughout the year. Prosecutions during the
year were as follows: Arson, five; convictions, four; and acquittals, one. Perjury,
prosecutions two, with two acquittals. Under the " Fire Marshal Act " and regulations there were fifteen prosecutions, with fifteen convictions. This is exclusive of
a number of prosecutions and convictions of Doukhobors in connection with disturbances in the Kootenay country, where investigators of the Fire Marshal's Office, in
co-operation with the Provincial Police, charged thirty-four Doukhobors with arson
and obtained thirty-four convictions. Further, twenty-five Doukhobors were tried and
convicted under section 96 of the Criminal Code.
During the year, as a result of your great interest in fire-prevention education, an
additional sum of money was voted to the Fire Marshal Branch at the 1947 session of
the Legislature, whereby we were able to inaugurate a travelling unit for the instruction of fire departments. This unit, after some considerable work of organization, got
under way in June, 1947. The object of this work is to take into the smaller communities throughout the Province the most up-to-date methods of fire-fighting and fire-
prevention. With this in view, three trained firemen were added to our staff and
a sedan delivery truck with the necessary equipment was put on the road. The course
usually takes three days in each centre. The number of places visited by December
31st, 1947, was thirty-one. At the end of each course, certificates are given to those
qualifying for them, and the number of such certificates issued for the period was 422.
The actual attendance, of course was much greater than this. We feel that this unit
is filling a great need, and we have ample proof of the satisfaction it has given from
the many letters we have received from places visited.
In conclusion I wish to express my appreciation to my staff for their splendid work
and co-operation during the year.    I also wish to thank all local Assistant Fire Marshals C 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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, 1947.
C 7
TABLE  L-
-INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS.
City Municipalities (3i).
District Municipalities (28).
Village Municipalities (3A).
Inspections.
Orders.
Inspections.
Orders.
1
3
1
4
4
2
1
2
1
2
592
2,869
8
18
279
51
248
48
87
618
158
15
15
218
465
Prince Rupert	
7
1,085
138
708
14
Salmon Arm	
606
Trail	
834
38.872
314
19,457
22
876
439
22
187
Victoria	
Totals	
326
775
68,900
1,492
506
18
2
Oak Bay	
1,466
8
Delta    	
Richmond	
305
1,361
7
219
22
Spallumcheen	
Kent                               	
33
109
64
5
13
2
128
North Cowichan	
Totals	
4,196
72
Abbotsford	
Alert Bay	
Burns Lake	
Campbell River..
Castlegar	
Chapman Camp..
Comox	
Cranberry Lake..
Creston	
Dawson Creek	
Gibsons Landing
Hope	
Lake Cowichan...
Lillooet	
Lytton	
Mission	
McBride	
New Denver	
355
North Kamloops
Oliver	
Osoyoos	
Parksville	
Pouce Coupe	
Qualicum Beach.
Quesnel	
Salmo	
Silverton	
Smithers	
Stewart	
Terrace	
Tofino	
Vanderhoof	
Westview	
Williams Lake....
Totals....
21
254
17 C 8
BRITISH  COLUMBIA.
TABLE L-
-INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY ASSISTANT
FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Fire Districts (15).
Inspections.
Orders.
Inspections.
Orders.
Cariboo, County of	
23
2
3
95
130
344
18
4
Langford _,	
Yale, County of	
113
1
Totals	
1
Inspections.
Grand totals, 1947  74,477
Grand totals, 1946   50,904
Grand totals, 1945  60,638
Grand totals, 1944  58,496
Grand totals, 1943  56,344
Orders.
1,596
1.096
1,350
1,598
1,702
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED.
City Municipalities (34.).
Districts reporting.               j Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Alberni	
13
5
28
10
10
6
14
5
13
10
1
29
38
6
19
2
82
$3,880
1,036
34,849
5,813
331
402
952
37,867
1,195
17,786
5
25,973
46
154
108
54
13
8
14
28
10
11
5
25
2,665
16
419
$44,024
North Vancouver	
26,282
2,347,809
13,397
Cranbrook	
Cumberland ...
Port Moody	
2,382
Duncan	
3,261
Enderby	
122,978
Fernie	
2,335
2,765
Grand Forks	
Greenwood	
36,397
Kamloops	
Trail
7,030
1,541,059
4,406
82,005
Kelowna	
5,252
4,103
3,107
42
68,531
Kimberley	
Ladysmith _ _	
Merritt _ _	
Nanaimo	
3,867
$4,480,751 REPORT OF FIRE  MARSHAL, 1947.
C 9
TABLE IL—FIRES REPORTED—Continued.
District Municipalities (28).
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
223
20
2
28
21
36
2
4
18
35
8
5
24
58
$304,564
29,172
672
385,106
40,002
11,245
Oak Bay	
88
2
44
1
64
131
3
4
9
10
89
44
104
$38,572
3,180
136,397
17
Delta            	
296,619
146,533
Salmon Arm	
Spallumcheen	
21,700
Glenmore	
Kent	
120
6,494
16,470
38,001
11,666
3,405
32,454
44,628
3,112
64,086
3,595
90,435
6,025
19,581
North Cowichan	
Totals	
1,077
$1,753,851
Village Municipalities (84).
Abbotsford	
Alert Bay	
Burns Lake	
Campbell River...
Castlegar	
Chapman Camp..
Comox	
Cranberry Lake..
Creston	
Dawson Creek	
Gibsons Landing
Hope	
Lake Cowichan...
Lillooet	
Lytton	
Mission	
McBride	
New Denver	
$7,837
2,325
22,461
1,704
6,298
77
12,716
8,793
11,541
146
817
26
263
37,582
North Kamloops
Oliver	
Osoyoos	
Parksville	
Pouce Coupe	
Qualicum Beach.
Quesnel	
Salmo	
Silverton	
Smithers	
Stewart	
Terrace	
Tofino	
Vanderhoof	
Westview	
Williams Lake....
Totals...
Fire Districts (15).
2
$47
2
190
3
305
2
125
1
9,947
4
1,485
8
2,490
1
1,450
1
20
4
451
1
150
5
5,530
1
200
1
75
15
1,982
3
70
$138,774
Cariboo, County of	
Colwood	
Ioco	
Kelowna	
Kootenay, County of....
Langford	
Nanaimo, County of....
Pacific Mills, Limited..
75
$244,052
2
40
4
7,693
113
242,486
1
535
147
387,129
4
5,412
Powell River	
Prince Rupert, County of..
University Area	
Vancouver, County of	
Victoria, County of	
Westminster, County of	
Yale, County of	
Totals..
6
25
21
54
65
33
638
$335
57,916
16,338
100,503
354,854
91,789
477,443
$1,986,525
Number.
Grand totals   5,695
Note.—Construction of buildings—
Fire-resistive     58
Brick, concrete, or heavy timber   380
Wood frame  ,  4,780
Metal,  corrugated iron   477
$5,695
Amount of
Loss.
$8,359,901
$32,645
460,086
7,717,505
149,665
$8,359,901 C 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES.
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount o
Loss.
9
$13,756
11
1,304
30
8,894
2
1,450
10
7,141
1
20
63
8,254
6
4,310
1
2,972
9
3,139
2
285
114
10,877
8
7,804
8
10,605
1
10,185
1
5
1
9
8
6,334
250
144,191
1
35
32
9,272
4
1,173
14
9,021
23
18,732
2
125
28
55,806
32
66,664
1
6,000
315
133,051
46
19,711
1
153
101
339,408
39
8,574
4
978
4
1,511
1
94
1
35
2
2,096
8
66,885
46
27,557
20
4,218
39
31,338
11
3,301
13
2,736
32
73,904
Causes of Fires.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Acetylene-torch carelessness	
Alcohol-vapour explosion	
Ashes against wood	
Boiler or boiler-pipe insufficiently
protected	
Broken gasoline-line	
Bunsen burner, carelessness with	
Candle carelessness	
Car upset	
Chemical reaction	
Children playing with fire	
Cleaner solvent, carelessness with	
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe-
Coal-gas explosion	
Collision	
Curtains from lamp	
Curtains from stove	
Defective battery connection	
Defective brooder	
Defective chimney	
Defective electric motor	
Defective fireplace	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe....
Defective oil-burner	
Defective oil-burning equipment	
Defective oven	
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
Defective wiring	
Diesel engine governor failing	
Electrical appliances	
Engine back-firing	
Ether explosion	
Exposure	
Firecrackers ___  	
Friction in machinery	
Friction on brake-drum..	
Friction on conveyer-belt	
Friction on pulley	
Friction on tires ,
Friction sparks	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected	
Gas explosion	
Gasoline carelessness	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe	
Gasoline-to rch carelessness	
Gasoline-vapour explosion	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected	
Grease on stove	
Hot stove-lid falling on floor	
Incendiary	
Kerosene carelessness	
Lamp upset	
Lantern upset	
Lightning	
Live coals	
Match carelessness	
Matches, children with	
Mechanical breakdown in generator
Molten metal	
Oil-burner explosion	
Oil-vapour explosion	
Overheated machinery bearings	
Overheated smoke-house	
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 coke-ovens	
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from fireplace	
Sparks  from  furnace or furnace-
pipe	
Sparks from locomotive ,	
Sparks from mill burner	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe	
Spontaneous ignition	
Stove explosion	
Stove-oil used in kerosene burner	
Stove   or   stove-pipe   insufficiently
protected	
Sun's rays	
Tallow boiling over	
Tar boiling over ,	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown	
Varnish boiling over ,	
Wood too near furnace ,	
Wood too near stove	
5
94
1
95
8
6
1
9
18
90
74
1
6
14
1
2
1
14
288
2,196
19
3
56
14
256
1
2
289
29
1
9
59
36
10
1
189
7
1
9
10
409
1
Totals..
5,695
$98
21,387
5
574,062
5,735
151
5,000
10,008
993
18,368
39,444
22,500
185,025
13,435
51
5,750
170,039
6,077
92,534
2,523,197
35,710
60,200
18,096
220,960
86,457
300
215
64,840
9,449
2,600
30,950
25,486
221,212
13,202
3,000
181,846
137
1;751
4,777
1,079
2,556,796
77
2,839
150
$8,359,901 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1947.
C   11
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Aircraft             1
Unknown   	
1
l
l
2
10
35
1
1
20
8
1
5
3
2
1
7
1
7
1
1
11
182
2
35
7
2
5
1
1
10
1
1
7
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
2
2
5
12
2
9
6
7
1
14
2
26
2
1
4
2
8
11
2
                         $9,000
                 272,000
Apartments        373
Ashes against wood 	
Candle carelessness 	
Clothes too near stove 	
Defective chimney 	
$64
287
258
9,658
1,800
25
1,212
11,512
18
1,613
157
861
3                                             '
1,079
555
154
11
159
3,591
35,433
26
10,977
93
3,608
1,927
324
41
3,795
1,028
30
7,388
77
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances 	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected...
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Grease on stove ....,	
Incendiary   	
Match carelessness 	
Matches, children with 	
Smokers* carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Sparks from furnace 	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe 	
Spontaneous ignition  	
Tar boiling over 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Tar boiling  over 	
$2,307
850
$100
30
15
40
644
129
25
395
41
Defective oil-burning equipment 	
Oil-burner explosion 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks  from  chimney 	
Acetvlene-torch carelessness 	
Alcohol-vapour explosion 	
$6,949
1,454
39
5,953
4,310
10,295
9
1,415
112
2,260
525
30
1,511
2,096
2,452
3,301
217
Collision	
Firecrackers   	
Friction on brake-drum 	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	 C 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—
Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
7
1
1
2
      40
Incendiary   	
Match carelessness 	
          5
          4
          1
$744
222
113
17,952
8,315
701
30
125
14,942
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Unknown	
     174
     123
          5
          1
          1
       25
         1
$87,072
$2,167
125
24
698
414
388
Defective oven 	
Grease on stove 	
         2
         1
         1
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
         1
         1
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
         1
         1
3,816
46
1
$500
100
         1
Defective wiring 	
Grease on stove 	
Incendiary  	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from stove 	
Spontaneous ignition 	
         1
         1
        17
          1
          1
          1
          1
          1
          1
          1
600
$3,704
9,337
375,124
5,487
100
884
1,779
800
3,704
850
45,162
3
       14
Electrical  appliances  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown  	
Incendiary   	
Sparks from chimney 	
         1
         1
         1
         1
         1
         1
443.434
$300
752
13,200
2
14,252
$400
7
       10
407
$82
17
121
107
117
25
1
Electrical appliances	
Exposure   	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from fireplace	
Sparks from bush fire	
Unknown 	
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
         1
         1
        4
         2
         1
         1
1
          2
1
469
30
1
       12
$3,889
32
300
1,555
100
5,274
36,663
1
1
Incendiary 	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Sparks from chimney	
          1
        2
         1
         1
4
          1
          1
         8
         2
         2
1
47,813
10,000
       30
$6,334
6,231
5,300
725 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1947.
C 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—
Continued.
Property.
Churches
Causes.
Coal-bunkers   4
Construction camps   2
Cold-storage plants   1
Dairies   2
Dental laboratories   2
Detention-homes     2
Dog kennels   1
Dry-cleaning plants   11
Dwellings    3,405
Amount of Loss.
Incendiary   4
Kerosene  carelessness    1
Short circuit   2
Sparks from bonfire  1
Sparks from bush fire  1
Stove insufficiently protected  2
Sun's rays   1
Unknown   5
Candle carelessness   2
Defective  chimney   1
Electrical appliances   2
Exposure     2
Furnace insufficiently protected  1
Incendiary   2
Live coals  1
Matches,   children  with  1
Short circuit   2
Sparks from chimney  3
Stove insufficiently protected  2
Unknown   2
Smokers'  carelessness   11
Sparks from chimney  2
Sparks from furnace  1
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected  2
Exposure     2
Smokers'  carelessness   1
Spontaneous ignition   1
Defective  chimney   1
Electrical appliances   1
Electrical appliances   1
Defective  chimney  1
Unknown  1
Bunsen burner,  carelessness with  1
Electrical appliances   1
Incendiary  2
Stove-oil used in kerosene burner  1
Boiler insufficiently protected  1
Defective chimney  1
Exposure     1
Gasoline carelessness   1
Match carelessness   3
Matches,   children  with  1
Unknown   3
Ashes against wood  19
Candle carelessness  59
Children playing with fire  9
Cleaner solvent, carelessness with  2
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe  90
Coal-gas explosion ,  4
Curtains from lamp  1
Curtains  from  stove  1
Defective chimney   185
Defective fireplace   29
Defective furnace   4
Defective oil-burner   11
Defective oil-burning equipment  12
$450
4,056
890
15
100
550
66
1,288
$5,281
3,360
94
3,450
50
1,670
80
674
2,595
170
881
7,906
$9,266
40
313
92
$16,894
31,422
200
$1,654
359
$1,500
2,296
37
$10
4,085
2,567
5,975
796
224
13,349
$7,397
2,686
3,139
285
9,264
7,429
10,185
5
75,188
8,529
1,173
7,139
2,203
$26,005
26,211
9,711
48,516
2,013
300
3,796
57
60
3,000
27,006 C 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES-
Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
21
$40,586
Defective wiring 	
9
9,710
236
33,380
34
20,728
25
7,943
Furnace  or  furnace-pipe  insufficiently protected
27
13,534
Gas explosion  _	
10
844
Gasoline carelessness 	
10
4,128
Gasoline-torch carelessness 	
8
1,004
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
7
7,944
Gas-plate insufficiently protected	
2
33
Grease on stove	
69
8,526
Hot stove-lid falling on floor	
1
5
Incendiary  	
30
65,797
Kerosene  carelessness  	
3
140
Lamp  upset 	
6
151
Lantern upset 	
1
5,000
Lightning   	
6
5,235
Live coals 	
15
533
Match  carelessness  	
64
4,622
54
9,517
10
12,621
2,030
18,579
11
Short circuit 	
41
1,422
134,752
Sparks  from bonfire 	
32
7,954
Sparks from bush fire 	
5
2,951
173
57,987
64,624
Sparks from fireplace 	
276
Sparks from furnace 	
15
3,558
Sparks from locomotive 	
1
2,600
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe 	
46
19,907
9
1,957 '
4
124
77,914
67
Sun's ravs  _	
5
Tar boiling over  '.	
4
2,683
Thawing  pipes	
8
1,009
*
152
238,698
2,766
Wood too near furnace 	
2
Wood too near stove  ....
1
50
1
5
Lightning   	
Gas   explosion   	
1
1
$1,027,617
600
Electrical sub-stations 	
Electric-light  plants   	
$2,250
22,500
Mechanical breakdown in generator 	
1
3,208
1
2
3
1
2
1
27,958
85
Elevators   (grain)   	
Exhibition  buildings 	
Unknown  	
34,976
Factories   (bed and mattress)..
Boiler-pipe insufficiently protected 	
$1,440
2
2,520
1
6
Friction on conveyer-belt 	
1
1
2
3,960
94
Factories  (felt batt)  	
Factories   (furniture)   	
$10
25,917
Matches, children with 	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
1
60
2
54,925
2
2
Unknown  	
2
1
1
1
80,912
62,698
Factories   (live-stock feed)   	
$2,972
51
1
Oil-vapour explosion 	
Matches, children with 	
3,023
42
Factories   (paper box)   	
Factories  (potato chips)  	
1
1
154 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1947.
C 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES-
Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Factories    (radio   manufacturing)     1
Factories   (roofing material).— 1
Factories   (rope)     1
Factories   (sash and door)     3
Factories     (soap    manufacturing)     1
Factories   (wooden box)     1
Factories   (wood lath)   _*  1
Fences    3
Fishing-boats   36
Flax-processing plants
Foundries	
Freight-boats   1
Freight-cars     1
Funeral   parlours     1
Gaols  ,  1
Garages    (private)      41
Garages (public)
27
Unknown  1
Unknown     1
Friction   in   machinery    1
Exposure     1
Sawdust-burner back-firing    1
Smokers'  carelessness    1
Tallow boiling over   1
Sparks from acetylene-torch   1
Unknown     1
Exposure     1
Matches, children with   1
Smokers' carelessness   1
Acetylene-torch  carelessness    1
Broken   gasoline-line  1
Defective oil-burner  _  1
Engine back-firing   6
Exposure     1
Gasoline  carelessness  2
Gasoline-vapour explosion    8
Kerosene  carelessness   -  2
Short   circuit     2
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Unknown    11
Spontaneous   ignition     1
Defective wiring   1
Exposure     1
Molten  metal    2
Short circuit  _.;  2
Sparks from acetylene-torch   1
Sparks  from  chimney   1
Sparks from furnace   6
Unknown    4
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Unknown     1
Smokers'  carelessness    1
Smokers'  carelessness    1
Ashes against wood   1
Defective   chimney     1
Defective wiring   1
Electrical appliances   1
Exposure  2
Incendiary    2
Matches,   children   with  3
Short circuit   5
Smokers'  carelessness    5
Sparks from bonfire  2
Spontaneous ignition   1
Stove insufficiently protected  2
Unknown    15
Defective  chimney   2
Defective oil-burning equipment  1
Electrical appliances   1
Engine back-firing   2
Gasoline carelessness  .-.  6
Gasoline-vapour  explosion    2
Short circuit   2
Smokers*   carelessness    1
Sparks from acetylene-to rch  2
Sparks from chimney  2
  $86,355
  5,256
  20
$50,983
3,679
103
  54,765
  1,751
  150
  7,372
$10
10
25
$482
188
813
9,359
100
399
21,917
228
1,385
2,300
23,015
$6,484
47
2,549
156
50
50
1,280
2,165
$246
75
5,000
215
50
65
745
3,647
5,440
76
350
2,071
26,303
$39,412
45
15,843
3,058
13,670
31,185
1,213
67
301
64
45
60,186
15,180
12,781
7,714
27,300
48
25
44,283 C 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES-
Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
10
         1
         1
$5
15
26,052
         4
         1
$130,930
Gasoline-stations 	
$337
2
Gasoline carelessness 	
         1
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Sparks from bonfire	
         2
         1
         2
         1
       5
253
933
759
4,025
322
1
2
Smokers'  carelessness  	
       l
       l
       l
6,631
300
$15
300
315
175
1
6
       l
       1
$867
200
10,000
3,000
104
1,000
Sawdust-burner back-firing 	
       1
       l
Smokers'  carelessness  	
l
       l
Unknown   	
       l
21
Clothes too near stove	
Defective chimney 	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure	
Furnace-pipe insufficiently protected	
Incendiary  	
Matches,   children  with	
          2
          1
        2
        1
        1
         3
         1
15,171
Halls  	
$65
141
551
20
49
7,645
25
Short circuit 	
         1
48
,
Smokers'  carelessness 	
Sparks from chimney	
Stove insufficiently protected	
Unknown  	
Wood too near furnace	
         4
         1
         1
          2
          1
7,955
15
25
13,575
73
1
12
Unknown  	
          1
          1
30,187
25
Haystacks 	
$969
153
250
          1
        2
Incendiary  	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
         1
         5
         1
30
2,346
189
Stove insufficiently protected	
         1
17
178
         2
         1
3,954
Hotels 	
$142
30
1,500
40
21,655
9
30
-
Smokers'  carelessness 	
Sparks from fireplace	
         1
         1
     163
         1
         1
11
Spontaneous ignition 	
2
. ..            1
36,028
8,000
188,944
         5
         1
2
256,378
$5,000
77
329
Gasoline carelessness  	
         3
1
4,600
383
943
2
         2
11,332 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1947.
C 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
Continued,
AND CAUSES—
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
i
3
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
5
9
1
1
2
3
2
1
2
2
2
2
1
1
6
1
1
1
1
4
2
1
1
3
1
1
1
9
1
1
2
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
$20
136
210
334
54
267
3,737
127
Incendiary 	
Match carelessness 	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Stove-pipe  insufficiently  protected	
Clothes too near stove	
$900
980
138
44,167
2,895
217,809
59,395
Friction in machinery	
Friction sparks 	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from bush fire	
Sparks from bonfire 	
                          5
$62
16,600
19.826
2,664
50
4.442
26.522
6.460
Friction sparks 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion  	
Sparks from acetylene-to rch 	
Mining properties           3
$2,575
2,288                                               .      ■
$310
631
150
25
25
100
Gasoline  carelessness   	
Short circuit 	
Clothes too near stove 	
Offices                           30
$83
2.352
621
77
3,471
25
67
173
4,132
20
50
912
17,685
Defective oil-burning equipment 	
Exposure 	
Gas explosion 	
Lightning     	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks  from furnace	
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
Electrical appliances 	
Grease on stove 	
                     6,450
Old people's homes          2
$1,893
200
Packing-plants   (meat)            1
170,039
Friction in machinery 	
Overheated machinery bearings 	
$800
5,000
36,102                        %
Poles            2
Short  circuit  	
$10
20
Exposure 	
                           21 C 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES-
Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
        3
Short  circuit  	
Sparks from engine 	
          2
          1
$1,783
213
3
         2
$1,996
$1,096
715
Gasoline-vapour explosion  	
         1
4
         2
1
1,811
$15,126
25
179
Smokers' carelessness 	
         1
1
31
Electrical appliances 	
         1
15,330
Restaurants   	
Defective chimney 	
Defective oil-burning equipment	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure 	
          2
          1
1
1
          1
$92
4,586
25
575
1,042
85
8,710
250
168
118
198
2,325
190
          1
Grease on stove 	
Match carelessness 	
9
         1
         1
_
1
Smokers'   carelessness  ....
7
        3
Unknown   	
         2
1
Unknown  	
         1
18,364
11,500
     134
Clothes too near stove	
2
1
$41
74
160
97
4,000
127
275
11
41
37
5,563
43
4.498
361
62
18
2,727
18,675
45
6
»
Defective fireplace  	
1
         1
Electrical appliances 	
5
         1
         1
Gas-plate insufficiently protected 	
Grease on stove 	
Match carelessness 	
Matches, children with 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks  from chimney  	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Sparks from stove 	
         1
1
3
1
88
11
3
1
         1
Unknown   	
Defective electric motor 	
6
1
         1
36.810
Sawmills  	
$35
721
5,000
4,000
178,654
16,107
12,004
50,200
2,820
12,418
2
11,930
121,614
269,652
Lightning   	
1
1
1
Short  circuit  	
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
Sparks from boiler 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks  from  engine  	
Sparks from mill burner 	
Spontaneous   ignition   	
2
         1
         2
         2
2
1
6
2
       22
       19
1
         1
685,157
Schools    	
$131
5
79,479
229
Incendiary   	
          7 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1947.
C 19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES-
Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Sparks from chimney 	
1
$20
Sparks from furnace 	
1
20
Spontaneous   ignition   	
2
1,133
Stove-pipe  insufficiently  protected  	
1
1,336
3
195,931
$278,284
Sheds   	
       80
Ashes against wood 	
3
$946
Clothes too near stove 	
1
140
Coal-gas  explosion  	
1
200
Defective stove-pipe 	
1
400
Defective wiring 	
1
225
Exposure   	
4
3,982
Firecrackers 	
1
12
Gasoline carelessness 	
1
75
Gasoline-torch carelessness 	
1
450
Incendiary 	
5
4,710
Kerosene carelessness  	
1
613
1
4
250
553
Matches, children with 	
Oil-burner  explosion   	
1
350
Smokers'  carelessness	
8
508
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
1
18
10,000
Sparks from bonfire 	
8
1,356
Sparks from mill burner   	
1
50
Sparks from stove 	
2
2,437
Spontaneous  ignition 	
4
2,847
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected 	
6
3,379
Tar boiling over 	
1
15
Thawing pipes 	
1
40
Unknown  	
20
17,698
Wood too near stove 	
1
100
51,354
2
$11,992
Tar boiling over 	
1
161
12,153
4
4
47,474
5
$1,200
10,200
Stove  insufficiently  protected  	
1
500
Unknown  	
1
16
11,916
3
$5,399
Unknown   	
2
20,785
26,184
2
1
1
$20
50
Sparks from bush fire 	
70
1
994
       41
Acetylene-torch  carelessness  	
1
$125
Electrical appliances 	
7
775
Friction  in machinery 	
1
20
Friction on  pulley 	
1
35
Friction sparks 	
1
35
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected..
3
370
Live coals 	
1
130
Molten  metal 	
1
20
Overheated machinery bearings 	
1
750
Short  circuit  	
11
1,037
2
600
Sparks from acetylene-torch 	
1
10
Sparks from chimney 	
1
125
Sparks from furnace 	
3
620
Spontaneous ignition 	
6
1,330
.
5,982 C 20                                                       BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
Continued.
AND CAUSES—
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Stables           2
Smokers' carelessness 	
l
i
l
3
3
1
2
1
14
7
6
3
2
1
2
1
6
3
5
1
1
7
74
3
3
1
2
2
1
4
1
16
2
1
4
1
2
5
3
2
1
3
22
5
1
2
1
2
1
1
4
1
1
2
4
1
1
1
2
1
9
2
$300
4,000
Sparks from chimney	
Clothes too near stove 	
Defective  chimney  	
                   10
Stores     176
$96
2,354
100
2,078
33,301
32,572
739
106
8,678
554
1,022
1,606
21
1,357
24,096
• 9,771
25
265
2,130
23,299
37
70
653
203
9,188
11,500
9,783
4
46,439
Stores and apartments          57
Stores and dwellings        43
Defective wiring 	
Exposure   	
Firecrackers 	
Furnace or furnace-pipe  insufficiently protected-
Gasoline carelessness  -	
Gas-plate insufficiently protected .__	
Grease on stove 	
Incendiary    	
Matches,  children  with	
Short circuit 	
Spontaneous  ignition    _	
$107
30
199
35
1,796
32,266
350
232
10
67
1,710
342
6
3,854
40
42,690
Gasoline-torch  carelessness   	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Steve insufficiently protected 	
Clothes too near stove 	
Coal-gas explosion  ._ _ __ _	
$30
71
2,698
616
1,500
38
1,576
85
10
1,234
819
45
979
225
Electrical  appliances  	
Exposure 	
Matches,  children  with  :	 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1947.
C 21
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES—
Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Stores and offices
Stores and rooms
Street-cars
Theatres   ...
Tractors
Trailers
Tug-boats
Warehouses
Welding-shops
Wharves  	
Woodworking plants
29
Stove explosion 	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown  	
Ashes against wood ...
Electrical appliances .
Exposure   	
Smokers' carelessness
Spontaneous ignition
Stove explosion 	
Unknown  	
Defective chimney 	
Exposure	
Gas explosion 	
Incendiary  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown  	
Short circuit 	
Defective chimney 	
Furnace-pipe insufficiently protected
Gasoline-vapour explosion   	
Match carelessness 	
Short circuit 	
Engine back-firing 	
Gasoline carelessness
Gasoline carelessness 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove insufficiently protected ..
Diesel engine governor failing .
Gasoline carelessness 	
Unknown 	
Defective oil-burning equipment ..
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure	
Incendiary  	
Matches, children with 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Ashes against wood ....
Exposure  	
Incendiary  	
Molten metal 	
Smokers'  carelessness
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure 	
Sparks from acetylene-torch
Sparks from mill burner 	
Unknown 	
$713
2,475
26,837
$75
4,767
19,212
191
23,572
20
9,362
$297
274
300
3,129
7,057
162
34
18
$2,148
1,313
150
2
217
$2,250
1,548
$1,900
1,900
250
133
2,566
$6,000
146
1,500
$5,100
36,759
11,287
1,200
1,500
62
18,892
848
5,222
441,581
$20,000
300
3,752
2,180,323
1,469
$15
88,858
11,024
18,317
32,393
$39,951
57,199
11,271
265
3,830
3,798
6,749
7,646
522,451
20
2,205,844
150,607 C 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES-
Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
4
5,695
1
$700
6,890
3,902
Spontaneous  ignition  	
         1
:A         9.
Totals....,	 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1947.
C 23
>H
P
02
ra
M
<t_
ta er
©  cr
t-Otooiomt-O
rH   CO   N   ©   fc-
C-
ED
CMCDt-fc-CDCCrH©©0QOCM
©   O   ©   M1   CO
"*}*
tO   r-
©r-HCMrHrHCMt-eOCOCO
©   -itf   CO   ©   ©
IO
3
o
H
MO^TfifNN(l_HCOXl|i
3>   t-   t"   H   IO
CM
H   CD
rH   er
io   N   tl
© »o ©  ec  w
IO   CO   "*   ©   ©
t£>   if
to o-
lOCOVtCtOCDCOCO
CO   -tf   CM   CD   ©
CO
IN
co co io co eo
CM
M-
00    ''J
t-    0"
T-t      <©     C
CD    t-    US    00    ©
US    CD   rH    ©    00
©
4J
0) o
O   (N
i-l  <z
rH   00   tC
N   N   O   W   t-
N   Ir-   N   00   t-
CO
L>     T-
eo  r-
lOMt-t-tcoeu©
XO   ©   IO   IO   00
-tf
CO   CC
^NNiO^QOaiN
CO   fc-   ©   ©   CO
ec
©   E-
t£
CC
OJ   ©   r-
rH    (N    t-    00    CD
00   -tf   rH   fc-   OO
er
I—
M    H    r
rH    rH    CO
Oi   Oi   tO   rH   CO
S
a&
rH    rH    rH    rH    rH
t-
t»
69-
to
w
o
rl
fc
a».i «
Ci   c
C\
«
l>   to   CC
CM    ©    CM    ©    ©
f   (O    H    fj   1-
©
o
be« a)
■<_
^*
IN    rH    CC
©    ©    Cl    ©    fc-
t-    00    ©    CO    CD
I gi
©   ©
ff
us  Oi  a-
•*    CO    rH    tr-    CO
I>    00    CO    00    rH
©
IO    [£
(N
rH   CO   ur
©   CC   tf   -tf   O
00   IO   ©   IO   ©
©
ee- in
rH    -rt
CO    IO    CM    IO    CO
•tf
§
rH             rH    rH    Oi
fc-
49-
8
<J
■»  •, „J
as ec
c-
©
US    Ol    i-H
©   C-   CD   CM   CM
rH' -tf    rH    CO    ©
^
.£  O  CJ
UXi'Ti
t- cc
c
Ci
IO    IO   IN
CD    CD   rH    ©    CD
IO   IO   N   M   O
fc-
us cc
oc
©   00   «
CO    ©    CO    IO    Cl
CO   CD   rH   -tf   lO
Ifl
+3B.-S
CM  cc
■«:
cr
rl<    rH    C
CO    IO    t>    CO    IO
CO   CD   -*tf   CO  CO
rH
•E2 ^r3
r-i a-
*
in
t- ■** oc
-tf    CO    t-H    CD    lO
LO   US   CO   CD   ©
eo
03
rt   CM   rt
C-^ CO   -tf   CO   CO
69-
ee-
cn co
■■tf   Oi   Ol
N  N   ce  MJJ
H   N   ffi   H   CO
to
C-   CC
C
^
t-    iH    CO
©   ©   t-   rH   ©
IO   ©   IO   IO   CO
00
!»jj.a
CM   t-
CC
©
rH    CO    rH
IO   L>   00   ©   fc-
c-  qo eo o f
-tf
t- c
tc
■*   fc-  CC
c- ec  cc © io
O   (O   CO   M   tf
t-
©   C-
c
«fl
IO    CO    ©
N a M t- m
OO   [-   -*   rt   M
-tf
T-l     CC
-tf    (M    rH    rH . rH
-tf     Ch     ©     "<tf     ©
N
t»
IN
"*    rH    CO    rH    ©»
CM
*9-
«-
CQ
to CO
tc
CO
t-   Ol   r-t
-tf    CM    rt    rt    ©
lO   ttf   CO   ©   00
©
3
to cn
ca
CO
CO   00   CC
SO    CO    IO    US   CO
©   CD   ©   CO   CO
00
tO  <*
us
^f
-tf   co   ■*
■*}!     ->tf     Ttf     -tf     Tjl
CD   -*   ©   CO   ©
CO
,o
io _o" W -f ■*
-tf*
_H
CM
CO
»JL
10 -*
o-
*«*
©   CD   CD
H    'J    Ol    t"   ^
00   ©   CD   IO   C-
tD
jH *hlo
to "fl
-d
us
CO    CO    "*    -*   -=J<
CO   O   CM   ©   CD
CO
£ gCi
CD   CO   IO   IO   -tf
fc-
I
h
cm"
0>,i   09
o
«
fcaS.I  •
Villa
Muni
paliti
(34)
"tf   Ol
^
to
t-   00   CO
©   00   ©   C-   CO
co io eo eo £"*
rH
■ rt
,H
H
1-1
i-t   ©   00   c-   00
LO
■^
Ph
-ta   i    m
Distric
Munici
palitiei
(28).
US   00
<x
00   CO   ©
IO   ©   CO   CO   CO
t-   f   X   »   rt
CO
c
tr-
CO   t-   C-
tr-   C-   ©   ©   ©
t-   CO    rH    CO    CO
CM
r-
rH
© 0» oo t- ,«0
CM
-tf"
.Jh   tO
*..s.s~
W  CM
-tf  io
e
tc
US
©
eo oi ci
rH    IO    Ol
©      T-H     -tf     ©     Tf
t-   IO    CO    ©    CO
tO   M   tO   f   io
©
L>
Cit
Mun
palit
(34
©    rH    ©    ©   CO
"*   cc
V
cc
CO   CM   CM
ca  eo   cm   <N  eo
CO   00   CD   ©   00
eo" co* eo" co* cm"
CM
i>
©
1-1
t- tc
"<tf ■«
© cr
IO   "*   CO
-#  -^1  -^
©   ©   ©
rH   t-
rt   rt   rH
Ol     01     01     01     01
$ $ $ $ $
s
O    O    O    0    O
, 6
«
X
H H H H H
t
(
C
a
1
<
>
i
r"
>
D
E
<
>.
1
X
1
1
'4.
0) C 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE VI.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1943-47.
Occupancy.
Cause of Fire.
Loss op Life.
Men.
Women.
Children.
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
4
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
Dwelling	
Dwelling	
Matches, children with	
Smokers' carelessness	
1
Dwelling	
2
2
1
Hotel	
Hotel	
Trailer	
1
Totals, 1947	
21                     2
21                    7
25                  12
Men and Women.
14
24
1
Totals, 1946	
8
21
Totals, 1945	
Totals, 1944	
Totals, 1943	
VICTORIA,  B.C. :
Printed by Don McDiahmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
765 648 2879

Cite

Citation Scheme:

        

Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics

Share

Embed

Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                        
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            src="{[{embed.src}]}"
                            data-item="{[{embed.item}]}"
                            data-collection="{[{embed.collection}]}"
                            data-metadata="{[{embed.showMetadata}]}"
                            data-width="{[{embed.width}]}"
                            async >
                            </script>
                            </div>
                        
                    
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:
https://iiif.library.ubc.ca/presentation/cdm.bcsessional.1-0340101/manifest

Comment

Related Items