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 THE FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
TWENTY-EIGHTH
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS, 1949
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Printed by Don McDiAitMin, Printer to tlie King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1950.  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-eighth Annual Report of
the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1949.
GORDON S. WISMER,
Attorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 1950. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Page.
Report of Fire Marshal     5
Table I.—Inspections made and Orders issued by Local Assistant Fire Marshals     7
Table II.—Fires reported     8
Construction of Buildings burned     9
Table III.—Causes of Fires  10
Table IV.—Classification of Property burned and Causes  11
Table V.—Summary  23
Table VI.—Ten-year Comparative Statement of Fire Losses  23
Table VII.—Loss of Life, 1940-49  24 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL.
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1950.
The Honourable Gordon S. Wismer, K.C.,
Attorney-General,
Victoria, B.C.
SIR,—Pursuant to section 46 of the " Fire Marshal Act," I have the honour to
submit the Twenty-eighth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for the year ended
December 31st, 1949.
The fire-loss for the year totalled $7,556,229, an increase over the previous year of
$408,507. The total number of fires was 6,161, an increase over the year 1948 of 417.
There was one fire in a manufacturing plant with a loss of $506,000. This occurred in
an outlying district where there was no local fire department and the plant had no
sprinkler system. The fire had a good hold when first noticed by the watchman, and
the first-aid fire equipment available was inadequate. This building is being replaced
by a modern fire-resistive building in a new location.
The enclosed statistics will speak for themselves, but let me call your attention to
the loss of human life during the year. Twenty-four men, six women, and fifteen
children met death by fire, a total of forty-five lives. Although this is a large number,
it is a decrease from the previous year.
A rigid inspection system was maintained during the year. This included theatres,
hospitals, Government and public buildings, oil-burner installations, and oil-storage
plants.
There were nineteen prosecutions during the period under review, which were
divided as follows: Arson, six, with four convictions and two acquittals; mischief, one,
not concluded; attempted arson, one, with one conviction; wilful damage to property,
one, with one conviction; " Fire Marshal Act" and regulations, ten, with ten convictions. Fifty-four appeals were heard and decisions given. Six inquiries were held
under the " Fire Marshal Act." One hundred and ninety-eight fire investigations were
held throughout the Province.    This included investigations in the Doukhobor areas.
Our travelling instructional unit with its three instructors, maintained for assistance to local fire departments in training and inspection, visited approximately 110
cities, municipalities, and villages. Five thousand one hundred and three persons were
addressed at various meetings, and 1,139 premises were inspected. The original
schedule, providing for a three-day course during the first visit, is still maintained for
first calls and a condensed version of the same schedule for second and third visits.
The latter occupies two to three days, depending on the amount of inspection work
needed. The general effect on fire departments, due to the efforts of the unit, appears
to be a stimulation of interest and a standardization of training hitherto not provided.
Letters of appreciation still come in from officials of centres visited, and I would like to
quote from one such letter received during the year:—
" I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for permitting your instructional
unit to visit us.
" The course proved to be very educational and I feel sure that it will be most
beneficial to all who had the opportunity to attend. Out of a possible thirty-three,
thirty-one members of this Department were present. C 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
" I cannot commend too highly the men who put on this course and I am convinced
that they are experts in all phases of fire fighting and fire prevention."
Again we had a most successful fire-prevention poster competition. We were
pleased to note an increase in the number from the junior high schools in the Province
and hope this will continue. Many of the posters were excellent and showed a
comprehension of the fire-hazards existing in the average home.
In conclusion, I wish to thank my staff for their fine co-operation during the year
and to express my appreciation to all local Assistant Fire Marshals throughout the
Province, the Commissioner and members of the British Columbia Police, city and
municipal officials, and the many insurance companies and adjusters for their assistance.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
W. A. WALKER,
Fire Marshal. REPORT OF FIRE  MARSHAL, 1949.
C 7
TABLE L-
-INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY LOCAL
ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHALS.
City Municipalities (35).
District Municipalities (27).
Inspections.
Orders.
Inspections.
Orders.
11
4
6
Nelson	
750
5,299
923
434
277
1
656
186
43
15
39
134
199
3
380
594
197
543
3
Fernie	
722
11
5
501
Prince Rupert	
Revelstoke	
Rossland	
Salmon Arm  	
1
1
1,054
Trail	
2,052
43,306
204
20,722
7
110
Victoria	
Totals	
407
731
79,122
1,409
Burnaby	
Chilliwhack	
Coldstream	
Coquitlam	
Delta	
Esquimalt	
Fraser Mills	
Glenmore	
Kent	
Langley	
Maple Ridge	
Matsqui	
Mission	
North Cowichan
292
27
2
7
1
Oak Bay	
288
Spallumcheen	
27
97
Totals	
225
933
313
412
266
76
396
3,325
62
7
11
47
4
Village Municipalities (39).
Abbotsford	
Alert Bay	
Burns Lake	
Campbell River	
Castlegar	
Chapman Camp	
Comox	
Cranberry Lake	
Creston	
Dawson Creek	
Fort St. John	
Harrison Hot Springs
Gibsons	
Hope	
Kinnaird	
Lake Cowichan	
Lillooet	
Lytton	
Marysville	
Mission	
6
180
2
369
McBride	
New Denver	
North Kamloops
Oliver	
Osoyoos	
Parksville	
Pouee Coupe	
Qualicum Beach.
Quesnel	
Salmo ,
Silverton	
Smithers	
Squamish	
Stewart	
Terrace	
Tofino	
Vanderhoof	
Westview	
Williams Lake....
Totals...
302
2
66
1,108
10
2
41 C 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY LOCAL
ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHALS—Continued.
Fire Districts (20).
Inspections.
Orders.
Inspections.
Orders.
1
2
3
	
31
41
1
Sooke 	
129
412
1
District Lot 172	
720
3
189
Totals	
1,526
7
Inspections. Orders.
Grand totals, 1949  85,081 1,649
Grand totals, 1948  83,918 1,976
Grand totals, 1947  74,477 '   1,596
Grand totals, 1946  50,904 1,096
Grand totals, 1945  60,638 1,350
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED.
City Municipalities (35).
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
19
1
24
11
11
9
26
3
6
16
5
51
1
66
7
22
2
80
$11,384
4,008
17,397
9,215
2,044
1,236
10,460
6,804
455
4,371
6,318
9,156
101
7,536
559
5,676
410
10,088
Nelson	
31
173
92
55
30
15
18
24
31
12
9
13
44
2,652
30
423
$53,999
170,784
93,402
207,719
11,862
12,942
105,877
25,298
2,370
Revelstoke	
1,181
2.588
66,624
Trail	
18,303
1,778,168
18,843
76,702
Nanaimo	
4,012
$2,753,880 REPORT OF FIRE  MARSHAL, 1949.
C 9
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued.
District Municipalities (27).
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Districts reporting.
Number.
Amount of
Loss.
Burnaby	
Chilliwhack	
Coldstream	
Coquitlam	
Delta	
Esquimalt..	
Fraser Mills	
Glenmore	
Kent	
Langley	
Maple Ridge	
Matsqui	
Mission	
North Cowichan
262
28
4
43
23
49
2
3
7
33
26
14
10
18
$186,395
73,023
6,391
20,859
18,170
5,707
195
11,270
38,967
16,786
21,655
23,358
11,295
53,419
North Vancouver
Oak Bay	
Peachland	
Pitt Meadows	
Richmond	
Saanich	
Salmon Arm	
Spallumcheen	
Sumas	
Summerland	
Surrey	
Tadanac	
West Vancouver.
Totals...
70
95
2
75
150
7
103
44
92
$35,921
21,051
138
212,856
44,045
9,800
18,211
516,205
5,226
51,950
15,660
12,057
1,175 | $1,430,610
Village Municipalities (39).
Abbotsford	
Alert Bay	
Burns Lake	
Campbell River	
Castlegar	
Chapman Camp	
Comox	
Cranberry Lake	
Creston	
Dawson Creek	
Fort St. John	
Gibsons	
Harrison Hot Springs
Hope	
Kinnaird	
Lake Cowichan	
Lillooet	
Lytton	
Marysville	
Mission	
11
7
4
10
12
6
2
2
12
1
2
5
12
$12,857
72,162
14,091
37,441
5,406
3,303
62,259
4,811
5,889
154
1,677
61,896
30
42
27,624
99,881
22,264
McBride	
New Denver	
North Kamloops
Oliver	
Osoyoos	
Parksville	
Pouce Coupe	
Qualicum Beach.
Quesnei	
Salmo	
Silverton	
Smithers	
Squamish	
Stewart	
Terrace	
Torino	
Vanderhoof	
Westview	
Williams Lake....
Totals...
$3,943
469
170
240
5,640
677
35,549
1,320
2,213
1,666
70
10,551
1    | 1,700
4    | 7,404
15
5
20,746
2,508
31,673
189    |    $558,326
I	
Fire Districts (20).
Annable-Warfield ....
Cariboo, County of	
Colwood	
District Lot 172	
loco	
Kelowna 	
Kootenay, County of...
Langford	
Nanaimo, County of....
Pacific Mills, Limited..
Powell River	
1
115
2
1
$50
704,602
329
20
19
68,464
77
244,336
2
1,500
175
845,732
20
5,385
8
1,398
Prince Rupert, County of..
Sooke	
University Area	
Vancouver, County of	
Vernon	
Victoria, County of	
View Royal	
Westminster, County of	
Yale, County of	
Totals	
Grand totals	
29
5
18
63
1
76
2
38
133
$92,191
5,244
106,567
190,417
171
70,346
25
196,742
279,894
785    I $2,813,413
6,161    I $7,556,229
Construction of buildings— Number.
Fire-resistive -        47
Brick, concrete, or heavy timber      339
Wood frame  5,105
Metal, corrugated iron      670
6,161
Amount of Loss.
$29,143
792,374
6,411,862
322,850
$7,556,229 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	
Ashes against wood	
Asphalt boiling over	
Back-fire in locomotive fire-box	
Bedclothes igniting from burning
mosquito-powder	
Boiler insufficiently protected	
Broken gasoline-line	
Bunsen burner, carelessness with....
Candle carelessness	
Car upset	
Children playing with fire	
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 fireplace	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe....
Defective heater hose	
Defective heating apparatus	
Defective muffler	
Defective oil-burner	
Defective oil-burning equipment	
Defective oven	
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
Defective wiring	
Dust explosion	
Electrical appliances	
Engine back-firing	
Exhaust-pipe insufficiently protected	
Exposure	
Firecrackers	
Friction in machinery	
Friction on brake-drum	
Friction on clutch	
Friction on tires	
Friction sparks	
Fuel-oil, carelessness in use of	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected	
Gas explosion	
12
57
4
1
1
4
8
2
56
15
12
110
6
7
2
4
3
8
281
33
19
1
1
3
28
33
1
17
44
1
332
67
1
127
51
4
11
2
2
7
2
46
18
$19,711
17,114
1,278
50
1,700
14,866
30,020
185
9,085
50,256
5,874
21,822
4,042
6,640
217
478
1,811
2,428
203,582
30,633
5,389
36
50
620
30,642
24,223
22
3,947
120,240
145
141,962
61,405
2,050
568,181
16,987
59,657
264
451
474
53,849
3,500
51,514
2,516
Gasoline carelessness	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe	
Gasoline-torch carelessness	
Gasoline-vapour explosion	
Grease on stove	
Hot castings on wood	
Hot slag igniting rock-wool insulating material	
Incendiary	
Kerosene carelessness	
Lamp explosion	
Lamp upset	
Lightning	
Live coals	
Match carelessness	
Matches, children with	
Molten metal	
Motor-cycle upset	
Oil-burner explosion	
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 locomotive	
Sparks from mill burner	
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe	
Spontaneous ignition	
Stove explosion	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently
protected	
Sun's rays	
Tar boiling over	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown	
Varnish boiling over ,
Wood too near stove	
Totals	
45
31
11
47
118
1
2
73
15
6
5
16
4
93
2
18
17
388
2,087
27
4
70
9
232
4
344
1
33
1
14
99
42
213
4
7
24
492
1
12
$53,310
11,329
11,220
209,426
34,716
26,877
111,340
365,865
11,597
5,471
2,560
11,872
170
7,396
19,970
526
702
11,836
10,334
160,806
407,185
85,871
31,274
31,248
150,670
93,117
13,370
18,298
50
6,413
4,986
107,095
28,046
245,838
7,023
207,971
146
9,743
45,587
3,415,828
257
9,474
$7,556,229 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1949. C  11
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Air-compressors             1
Aircraft            1
Apartments        377
Asphalt   plants	
Automobile  courts
Automobiles        614
Children  playing with  fire  1
Unknown      1
Ashes  against wood  6
Candle   carelessness     4
Children playing with fire  1
Clothes  too near stove  7
Defective chimney   26
Defective  fireplace    2
Defective furnace  2
Defective  oil-burner    2
Defective stove-pipe   3
Electrical appliances  15
Exposure   4
Firecrackers     1
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected.. 5
Grease  on   stove  11
Incendiary     1
Kerosene carelessness   2
Lightning     1
Match  carelessness    9
Matches,  children with  3
Short   circuit     2
Smokers'   carelessness     183
Sparks   from  bonfire  2
Sparks from chimney  45
Sparks from fireplace  7
Sparks from furnace  3
Sparks   from   stove  3
Spontaneous ignition    1
Stove explosion    1
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected  13
Thawing  pipes    3
Unknown     8
Wood too near stove  1
Asphalt boiling over   2
Defective  fireplace    1
Electrical  appliances     1
Short circuit   1
Smokers'   carelessness    17
Sparks from fireplace  1
Stove  insufficiently  protected  1
Unknown     1
Acetylene-torch   carelessness     4
Ashes  against wood  2
Asphalt boiling over  2
Broken gasoline-line   6
Car  upset    14
Collision     6
Defective battery connection  3
Defective heater  hose  1
Defective muffler   3
Defective wiring   12
Electrical appliances    3
Engine back-firing   30
Exposure     6
Firecrackers  2
Friction   on  brake-drum  11
Friction  on  clutch  1
Friction  on  tires  2
Gasoline carelessness    14
Gasoline on  exhaust-pipe  28
Gasoline-vapour explosion     9
Hot slag igniting rock-wool insulating material.... 1
Incendiary      10
$6,984
66
75
182
18,089
453
52
434
55
963
596
1,429
1,494
12,603
100
1,322
329
431
116
1,678
88,027
4,477
10,024
730
1,357
248
200
244
3,087
210
30,234
695
$52
5
40
557
17
42
3,645
$279
41
1,115
13,745
21,489
5,735
1,311
36
620
4,424
746
6,009
3,660
55
264
25
474
7,119
11,079
3,476
245
3,806
$20
4,000
186,984
163
4,358 C  12
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Bakeries
Banks
Barges
Barracks
Boat-building  works
Bowling-alleys   	
Bridges
Bulldozers ...
Bunk-houses
Causes.
Bath-houses      1
Blacksmith-shops           1
Boarding-houses          13
Match carelessness    6
Matches,  children with  2
Short   circuit     257
Smokers'   carelessness    138
Sparks from acetylene torch  5
Sparks   from  bonfire  5
Spontaneous ignition     1
Unknown     30
Defective oven   1
Oil-burner explosion   1
Defective  oil-burner    1
Exposure    2
Exposure    -  1
Unknown     2
Engine back-firing    :  1
Firecrackers     1
Incendiary     5
Lightning  1
Match carelessness  -  1
Matches, children with  3
Short circuit   1
Smokers'   carelessness     2
Sparks  from   bonfire  3
Sparks from mill burner  1
Spontaneous  ignition    3
Thawing   pipes     3
Unknown     14
Defective wiring   1
Electrical appliances    1
Smokers'   carelessness    3
Unknown     2
Smokers'   carelessness    1
Sparks from forge  1
Curtains   from   stove  1
Electrical  appliances     1
Match carelessness   1
Smokers'   carelessness     6
Sparks   from  chimney  1
Sparks from  fireplace  1
Sparks from stove  1
Stove-pipe   insufficiently   protected  1
Unknown  2
Defective  furnace-pipe    1
Electrical appliances    1
Incendiary     1
Smjokers'   carelessness    6
Sparks  from  bonfire.  1
Unknown     1
Incendiary    l
Matches,  children with  1
Smokers'  carelessness     2
Unknown     1
Short circuit   l
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe  2
Incendiary     i
Lamp explosion   i
Amount of Loss.
$1,026
97
52,176
10,943
161
644
430
10,171
$22
152
$176
1,167
$2,717
41,500
$1,500
200
2,425
1,000
750
943
250
1,125
550
1,920
22,900
8,017
31,317
$4,173
80,000
65
54,948
$67
25
82
106
187
10
35
6,000
245
25
359
457
3,720
$10
15
40
200
$3,885
5
75
$161,401
174
1,343
44,217
72,897
139,186
1,000
50
6,512
132,431
i,856
265
100 REPORT OF  FIRE  MARSHAL,  1949.
C 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Bus depots    1
Canneries    (fish)      1
Canneries   (vegetable)     1
Car-barns   1
Chicken-houses    28
Churches           VI
Clubs          18
Cold-storage  plants     1
Construction camps   4
Cook-houses     3
Cranes      1
Dairies     3
Dry-cleaning  plants    13
Dwellings    3,554
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected  3
Unknown     1
Gasoline-vapour  explosion    ... 1
Sparks  from  chimney  1
Unknown     1
Short  circuit    1
Ashes against wood  1
Defective  brooder    8
Defective  chimney    2
Exposure      1
Short   circuit    2
Sparks  from  bonfire  2
Sparks  from  stove  1
Stove insufficiently  protected  4
Unknown     7
Clothes  too  near stove - -  1
Defective oil-burner   1
Defective  stove-pipe    1
Electrical appliances    1
Incendiary     2
Match carelessness   1
Oil-burner   explosion     1
Sparks from  chimney  1
Sparks  from stove  2
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected  5
Unknown    -  1
Defective   chimney     2
Smokers'   carelessness     9
Sparks  from  bonfire  1
Sparks from  chimjney  1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected  2
Unknown  3
Smokers'   carelessness    1
Gasoline-vapour  explosion     1
Sparks   from   boiler  1
Sparks   from   engine  1
Stove-pipe   insufficiently    protected  1
Unknown    3
Friction   on   clutch  1
Defective wiring  1
Exposure     1
Unknown     1
Defective wiring   1
Friction  sparks     1
Gasoline-vapour   explosion     4
Short  circuit   1
Smokers'  carelessness    2
Sparks from chimney  2
Unknown     2
Ashes against wood  32
Bedclothes    igniting    from    burning    mosquito-
powder     1
Candle  carelessness     52
Children  playing  with  fire  9
Clothes  too near stove  93
Coal-gas   explosion     5
Curtains from lamp  2
Curtains   from   stove  3
Amount of Loss.
$6,426
200
$10,591
50
119
4,008
350
$50
2,428
4,884
500
787
480
1,500
3,439
7,708
$18
1,575
64
119
25,291
30
129
75
141
11,770
48
$703
7,619
30
10
10,344
47.673
$208
20,979
584
171
$2,580
125
25
S182
161
1,187
20
32
159
757
$4,585
1,700
9,019
5,764
11,669
3,042
217
411
21,776
66,379
4,497
21,942
60,270
426
2,730 C 14
BRITISH  COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Defective  chimney        213
Defective fireplace   29
Defective furnace  or furnace-pipe  12
Defective oil-burner   6
Defective  oil-burning  equipment  23
Defective stove or stove-pipe  12
Defective wiring   26
Electrical appliances       232
Exposure     28
Firecrackers    22
Fuel-oil, carelessness in use of  2
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected.. 27
Gas  explosion    12
Gasoline carelessness    16
Gasoline-torch  carelessness     6
Gasoline-vapour  explosion     2
Grease   on   stove  89
Incendiary      23
Kerosene  carelessness     11
Lamp explosion    4
Lamp  upset     5
Lightning     9
Live coals   4
Match carelessness    63
Matches, children  with  58
Molten   metal     4
Oil-burner   explosion     9
Sawdust   burner   back-firing  17
Short   circuit     62
Smokers'  carelessness    1,341
Sparks  from   bonfire  34
Sparks  from  bush  fire  1
Sparks from chimney  156
Sparks from fireplace....!  331
Sparks   from   furnace  18
Sparks   from   locomotive  1
Sparks from mill burner  l
Sparks from stove  82
Spontaneous  ignition   17
Stove  explosion     7
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected  138
Sun's  rays   3
Tar boiling over  3
Thawing   pipes     13
Unknown    ,.... 177
Wood too near stove  8
Electrical sub-stations   3
Electric-light   plants     11
Elevators   (grain)     2
Factories   (bed)     1
Factories   (brick)     1
Factories   (building  materials) 1
Factories   (concrete products).. 1
Factories   (furniture)     3
Lightning   	
Short circuit
Gasoline-vapour  explosion
Short  circuit   	
Sparks   from   engine	
Unknown   	
Electrical appliances .,..
Friction   in   machinery..
Sparks from acetylene torch..
Unknown   	
Sparks from boiler	
Unknown   	
Incendiary   	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from  stove	
$99,990
29,954
1,663
1,855
5,192
3,438
50,724
13,205
19,049
6,879
3,500
28,066
827
16,819
1,120
3,910
15,472
29,192
9,967
5,3'84
2,560
1,764
170
2,008
13,933
102
2,286
10,334
27,424
108,610
9,449
2,332
67,429
17,489
1,072
4,986
47
25,139
12,118
6,779
80,273
134
3,332
3,372
253,923
7,073
$1,046,751
$1,450
1,100
$9,255
355
2,020
25,678
2,550
37,308
$300
42
  342
  134
         506,022
  6,705
  55
$19,050
5
20
  19,075 REPORT OF  FIRE  MARSHAL, 1949.
C  15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Factories (insulating materials)
Factories   (paint)     2
Factories   (paper box)  1
Factories   (peanut butter)  1
Factories   (rag)     1
Factories    (roof   products)  1
Factories   (sash and door)  1
Factories   (wire  products)  1
Factories   (wooden   box)  1
Factories   (wood pipe)  1
Fences     6
Fishing-boats         52
Foundries
Freight-cars
Fruit-packing plants
Garages   (private)   ....
Garages   (public)
35
Friction   sparks       .     1
Hot slag igniting rock-wool insulating material.. 1
Spontaneous   ignition     2
Electrical  appliances    1
Dust explosion   1
Friction  sparks    1
Tar boiling over  1
Defective oil-burner   1
Electrical  appliances     1
Unknown   1
Exposure     1
Exposure   1
Smokers'   carelessness  3
Sparks  from  bonfire *  1
Unknown     1
Broken gasoline-line   2
Defective oil-burner   6
Defective  oil-burning  equipment  3
Engine back-firing    10
Exposure     1
Gasoline carelessness   2
Gasoline-vapour explosion   13
Match  carelessness   1
Oil-burner   explosion     2
Short   circuit     1
Smokers*   carelessness     1
Stove  insufficiently  protected  1
Unknown     9
Hot castings on wood  1
Molten   metal     1
Sparks from acetylene torch  1
Unknown     3
Defective heating apparatus  1
Short   circuit     1
Smokers'   carelessness    1
Unknown  2
Incendiary     1
Acetylene-torch   carelessness  1
Ashes  against wood  2
Children   playing   with   fire  1
Clothes  too near stove  1
Engine back-firing   4
Exposure   3
Gasoline  carelessness    1
Gasoline-torch carelessness   1
Matches,  children with  2
Short   circuit    5
Smokers'   carelessness     4
Sparks from bonfire   8
Sparks from chimney  l
Spontaneous   ignition     3
Unknown     16
Acetylene-torch carelessness   3
Defective   chimney     2
Defective oil-burner   1
Electrical appliances   3
Exposure     1
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected.. 2
Gasoline  carelessness    3
Gasoline-vapour explosion     1
$442
111,095
       $111,537
  50
  150
  145
  20
  5,691
  94
  164
  1,731
  2,552
$25
82
10
40
 i 157
$16,275
8,193
2,460
11,333
200
262
31,939
1,300
4,646
50
46
4,200
88,526
$26,877
9
104
4,086
$50
500
500
4,400
$100
123
15
12
28,650
123'
2,500
25
625
7,246
2,090
746
25
1,150
23,627
$10,769
360
325
1,428
144
445
19,565
290
169,430
31,076
5,450
4,589
67,057 C 16
BRITISH  COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
3
10
1
         1
Short  circuit   	
Smokers'   carelessness
Sparks  from  acetylene
torch	
3
2
4
1
1
2
6
$6,217
109
8,986
230
292
3,108
27,323
Spontaneous ignition  	
Stove  insufficiently   protected	
1
$79,591
Gasoline-shovels   	
$1,000
20,000
1,847
Gasoline-vapour   explos
Unknown   	
Collision  	
Friction sparks 	
Gasoline   carelessness
Gasoline-vapour explos
Matches, children with
Smokers'  carelessness
Unknown   	
Boiler  insufficiently pr
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown    	
Sparks  from acetylene
Defective  chimney
1
1
1
1
2
22,847
$905
100
1,756
971
72
275
1,530
3
,
1
1
1
1
5,609
1,250
Gas plants  	
torch	
1
1
1
2
1
2,082
1
         1
150
21,758
Greenhouses   	
11
18
$1,800
3,300
1,300
10
25
913
500
Furnace  insufficiently
protected  	
1
1
Stove-pipe insufficiently
Unknown   	
Wood too  near  stove
Clothes too near stove
Electrical appliances
1
4
1
2
1
2
1
7,848
Halls   	
$102
25
170
6
10,629
20,108
16
2,916
31,406
21,215
         1
Incendiary   	
Sparks from chimney 	
Stove  insufficiently protected  	
Thawing pipes 	
2
3
1
1
1
4
1
86,593
400
Hospitals    	
13
172
Electrical appliances
Smokers* carelessness
Sparks from chimney
Sparks from fireplace
Sun's rays 	
2
$153
23,611
5
9
12
357
7
1
1
1
1
Defective chimney
5
2
24,147
Hotels   	
$15,022
464
728
28,172
300
172
542
57
1,403
65,327
891
312
16,943
332
Electrical appliances
5
2
Furnace-pipe insufficie
Gasoline   carelessness
Oil-burner  explosion
Short circuit  	
Smokers'  carelessness
Sparks from furnace
Stove or stove-pipe ins
3
1
2
1
5
133
2
1
3
1 REPORT  OF  FIRE  MARSHAL,  1949.
C 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Launches
Laundries
Logging   camps
14
Lumber-carriers
Lumber-piles   	
Machine-shops   ..
Meat-packing  plants    1
Mining properties   ,.        6
Motor-cycles            17
Oil-sheds
Unknown     5
Wood too near stove  1
Engine back-firing -  4
Exposure     1
Gasoline   carelessness     1
Gasoline-vapour  explosion     5
Stove insufficiently protected   2
Unknown      1
Electrical appliances    1
Smokers'  carelessness     1
Sparks  from furnace   1
Unknown     2
Electrical appliances   1
Engine back-firing   2
Friction  sparks   .— 2
Sparks from acetylene torch  1
Sparks from bonfire  ,  1
Sparks from bush fire  8
Sparks from engine    1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Unknown     9
Gasoline-vapour  explosion     1
Exposure     1
Sparks  from bonfire   2
Exposure    -  2
Friction in machinery   1
Gasoline-vapour  explosion     1
Match carelessness    1
Sparks from acetylene torch  1
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Unknown     2
Electrical appliances    1
Electrical appliances   1
Sparks from boiler   1
Unknown     4
Engine back-firing    11
Exposure     1
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe   2
Motor-cycle upset   2
Unknown      1
Bunsen   burner,   carelessness  with  1
Clothes too near stove  1
Coal-gas   explosion     1
Defective oil-burner   3
Defective wiring   1
Electrical appliances   1
Exposure    3
Grease on stove   1
Incendiary     1
Oil-burner explosion     1
Short  circuit    2
Smokers' carelessness   8
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Tar boiling over   1
Unknown     8
Unknown      1
84,540
1,111
$1,235
50
1,200
15,661
1,647
800
$565
16
93
3,015
$1,338
9,603
53,115
125
5,572
148,338
175
7,192
43,535
$500
589
$240
120
425
310
6,638
125
1,905
$255
2,500
81,506
$1,744
175
100
702
130
$10
21
1,000
2,703
34,111
42
7,732
160
611
127
223
1,153
1,064
20
20,682
$216,316
20,593
3,689
268,993
1,089
9,763
75
84,261
69,659
200 C 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
4
1
1
2
1
1
3
4
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
3
1
1
5
1
10
1
1
2
7
1
2
3
6
1
1
8
1
10
1
1
1
1
4
3
83
1
6
3
2
4
1
1
1
2
$195
200
2,357
5
Electrical appliances 	
$2,752
$4,620
94,284
54,722
6
Incendiary   	
Unknown   	
Exposure  	
Unknown   	
Exhaust-pipe insufficiently protected 	
Gasoline   carelessness   	
153,626
$52,844
2,350
2
55,194
$516
30
4
546
$2,050
1.301
10,591
12,746
4
26,688
$92
1,386
20
126
4
Electrical appliances 	
Sparks from furnace 	
Match carelessness  	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Unknown   	
Clothes too near stove	
Defective chimney 	
Defective oil-burning equipment 	
Electrical appliances 	
1,624
$140
50
150
45
1
340
Restaurants   	
$200
71
11,271
25
17,251
159
3,378
1,001
170
5.361
866
15
211
5,539
41,452
Grease on stove 	
Matches, children with 	
Short  circuit 	
Smokers'   carelessness   	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from stove 	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected	
Defective furnace 	
86,970
47
     131
$6
599
79
277
15
7,189
150
4,500
89
62
5,736
25
183
43
53
322
95
1
Defective chimney  	
Defective fireplace 	
Electrical appliances 	
Gas explosion 	
Incendiary   	
Match carelessness 	
Matches, children with 	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Stove  insufficiently protected  	
Unknown   	
Wood  too  near stove	
Back-fire in locomotive fire-box	
19,423
50
55
$8,003
13,576
Boiler insufficiently protected 	 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1949.
C  19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Schools
Scows
Sheds
Shingle-mills
Ships    	
Shipyards   ....
82
Electrical appliances   1
Exposure    1
Friction in machinery   2
Lightning     1
Short   circuit    -  3
Smokers'  carelessness   2
Sparks from acetylene torch  3
Sparks from boiler   1
Sparks from bonfire   2
Sparks from chimney   1
Sparks from mill burner  11
Spontaneous   ignition     1
Unknown     23
Ashes against wood   1
Bunsen burner, carelessness with   1
Defective chimney   3
Electrical appliances    3
Exposure     1
Furnace-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Gas   explosion     1
Incendiary     3
Lightning     1
Match  carelessness    1
Matches, children with   2
Short   circuit     2
Smokers' carelessness    2
Sparks from bonfire   1
Spontaneous ignition   3
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   2
Unknown     5
Varnish boiling over   1
Gasoline   carelessness     1
Unknown      1
Ashes against wood   5
Defective chimney   1
Electrical appliances   2
Engine back-firing   1
Exposure   _.. 10
Firecrackers     2
Gasoline   carelessness     2
Gasoline-torch   carelessness     1
Incendiary     3
Match  carelessness    2
Matches,  children with   9
Short   circuit     1
Smokers' carelessness    9
Sparks  from  bonfire    3
Sparks from chimney   3
Sparks from mill burner  1
Sparks from stove   2
Spontaneous  ignition    2
Stove insufficiently protected   2
Thawing  pipes    1
Unknown      20
Sparks from mill burner   1
Unknown     6
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected   1
Unknown     1
Lightning   -.  1
Sparks from acetylene torch  1
$22
3,240
59.495
5,395
794
4,966
38,880
1,090
6,450
502
127.624
101,245
571.103
$57
175
6,608
167
359
11,522
300
74,852
33
381
446
17,350
65
101
102,233
614
202,067
257
$100
3.800
$510
100
178
410
38,155
45
316
400
762
650
682
25
2.127
798
205
150
60
544
687
150
19,035
$133
85,477
$35,000
161
$942,385
417,587
3,900
65,989
85,610
35,161
$901
200 C 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Slaughter-houses
Smelting  plants
40
Steel-fabricating  plants
Stores     ...	
1
176
Sparks  from  bonfire    1
Gasoline-torch  carelessness     1
Stove insufficiently protected    1
Ashes against wood   1
Electrical appliances   3
Furnace  insufficiently   protected     3
Lightning    1
Molten metal   3
Short  circuit    -  11
Smokers'  carelessness  1
Sparks from acetylene torch  2
Sparks  from  bonfire    2
Sparks from chimney   1
Sparks from  furnace   3
Spontaneous ignition    4
Tar boiling over   2
Thawing pipes     l
Unknown      2
Exposure  1
Clothes too near stove  l
Defective chimney   3
Amount of Loss.
$9,465
155
$50
875
385
1,000
415
1,115
6,033
180
70
100
210
675
700
1,500
1,850
$70
576
$1,901
9,620
15,158
106,474
1
1
12,707
2,204
13,554
76,182
877
11
11
Defective oil-burning equipment 	
Electrical appliances 	
Firecrackers   	
Friction  sparks  	
Furnace insufficiently protected 	
4
21
19
18
1
1
1
Grease on  stove 	
2
2
1,069
1,500
12
4,430
1,833
Lamp explosion 	
1
2
Short   circuit   	
Smokers'   carelessness   	
6
51
Sparks from  chimney 	
Sparks from furnace 	
Sparks  from stove 	
4
3
1
8,996
1,365
50
Spontaneous  ignition  	
2
6
3,899
2,662
197.621
25
Ashes against wood 	
1
3
Stores  and apartments         68
$99
Clothes too near stove	
2
5,851
Defective chimney  	
5
1,933
1
1
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
Electrical appliances 	
2
4
1,255
241
6
1
2,434
300
1
Matches, children with 	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
1
3
1
18
3
1
1
228
2,792
40
8,571
77
1,069
221
1
27 REPORT OF FIRE  MARSHAL, 1949.
C 21
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
$2 761
8,288
Stores  and  dwellings         41
311
Ashes  against wood           1
Clothes too near stove         1
45
20
932
Electrical appliances          3
Exposure             3
5,024
11,365
139
Gasoline-torch   carelessness    -          1
Incendiary            1
Matches, children with          1
Smokers'  carelessness         10
Sparks from stove           1
Spontaneous   ignition            1
Stove-pipe insufficiently  protected           2
Thawing  pipes           1
Unknown            9
Short  circuit           2
Smokers'  carelessness           2
146
130
9,872
28
163
8
75
168
600
87,699
Stores and offices        12
$529
147
18,861
52
Unknown            6
Ashes  against wood           1
74,413
$4,473
37,552
11,300
14,739
'
Exposure           5
Grease on  stove           1
20,122
1,284
308
9
:
Smokers'  carelessness         23
Sparks   from   stove            1
Unknown            2
Short  circuit             1
Ashes  against wood            1
Defective  furnace            1
7,932
101
37
6,823
50
                   50
$176
1,052
Furnace-pipe insufficiently protected          1
643
$726
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe          1
Gasoline-torch   carelessness             1
150
80
318
v   ■
Short circuit           4
Sparks from acetylene torch          3
Acetylene-torch  carelessness           1
Car upset          1
Stove insufficiently protected          1
Exposure           1
8,759
7,315
4,232
$150
28,767
281
600
             3,000
$1,052
Gasoline   carelessness            1
Short  circuit           2
Sparks from acetylene torch          2
2,200
25,200
1,080
8,000 C 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued.
Property.
Causes.
Amount of Loss.
Warehouses   	
46
6,161
Defective chimney  	
Defective  oil-burning   equipment   	
Defective   wiring   	
         1
         1
         1
         1
         4
$40
11,178
3,081
12,746
323
Exposure    	
       10
         1
220,119
7,063
             1
121,402
Incendiary   	
Matches, children with 	
Short  circuit  	
         6
         1
         3
         2
29,760
178
213
605
Sparks   from   acetylene  torch   	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks  from mill burner  	
Stove   insufficiently   protected   	
         1
         2
         1
         2
         8
 6.161
110
4,985
100
325
380,824
Totals	
.    $7,556,229
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BRITISH COLUMBIA.
TABLE VII.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1940-49.
Cause of Fire.
Loss op Life.
Occupancy.
Men.
Women.
Children.
1
1
1
1
Smokers' carelessness	
Bedclothes  igniting from burning mosquito-
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
Clothes too near stove	
1
1
1
1
2
2
Smokers' carelessness	
1
3
1
Unknown	
Gasoline-vapour explosion	
Hotel	
Hotel	
Smokers' carelessness	
Totals, 1949    	
24
29
21
9A
6
5
2
7
15
Totals, 1948	
24
Totals, 1947	
16
Totals, 1946	
8
Totals, 1945	
25         |         12
14
24
16
13
7
21
5
5
16
3
VICTORIA,   B.C. :
Fruited by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King'!
1950.
Most Excellent Majesty.
795-550-8569

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