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 THE FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
TWENTY-NINTH
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS, 1950
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty
1951  To His Honour Clarence Wallace, C.B.E.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Twenty-ninth Annual Report of the
Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1950.
GORDON S. WISMER,
A ttorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., April 30th, 1951. TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
Report of Fire Marshal  5
Table I.—Inspections Made and Orders Issued by Local Assistant Fire Marshals  6
Table II.—Fires Reported  7
Construction of Buildings Burned  8
Table III.—Causes of Fires  9
Table IV.—Classification of Property Burned and Causes  10
Table V.—Summary  21
Table VI.—Ten-year Comparative Statement of Fire Losses  21
Table VII.—Loss of Life, 1941-50 :.  22 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1951.
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-ninth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for the year ended
December 31st, 1950.
You will notice from the detailed analysis attached that the fire loss for the year
amounted to $7,052,706, which is a decrease of $503,523 from the previous year. The
fire loss for the past ten-year period amounted to $50,523,365. The lowest loss during
that time was in 1941 when it amounted to $1,608,819, and the highest was in 1947
when the loss was $8,359,901. During the year 1950 fire took a toll of sixty lives—
twenty-eight men, thirteen women, and nineteen children.
As in previous years, a rigid system of inspection has been maintained throughout
the year. A great deal of this work was done by the travelling instructional unit as part
of its regular training work when visiting various centres in the Province.
There were thirty-seven prosecutions during the year in which the Fire Marshal's
Office gave assistance. They were as follows: Arson, eighteen, with nine convictions,
three acquittals, four found insane, and two cases carried over; juvenile delinquency,
two, with two found guilty; perjury, one, with one conviction; mischief, two, with two
found insane; conspiracy, two, with one conviction and one acquittal; " Fire Marshal
Act" and regulations, twelve, with eleven convictions and one withdrawn.
Close co-operation was maintained between the Fire Marshal's Office and the
various architects and building contractors. This ensured the best possible fire-prevention
measures in connection with new and remodelled buildings. This co-operation was also
given by the various municipal fire and police departments throughout the Province, the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the numerous fire-insurance companies and
adjusters.
I would also like to mention the splendid work which has been done by the members
of the Fire Marshal's staff.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
W. A. WALKER,
Fire Marshal. G 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY LOCAL
ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHALS
City Municipalities (35)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
	
1
~2
1
Nelson-	
747
7,191
1,111
6
477
159
43
218
372
23
34
73
Port Coquitlam. -	
354
579
193
170
3
629
2
470
1,144
5
1
Greenwood -  	
Rossland ~. _	
Trail._.	
1,916
40,900
353
19,278
6
Vancouver      —	
Vernon  _
61
688
84
Totals  	
76,406
888
District Municipalities (27)
262
56
" 2
554
1,718
175
Oak Bay
23
	
249
19
67
Richmond                _
192
249
193
312
10
5
Summerland     	
31
Tadanac	
I
Totals. _     	
3,825
Village Municipalities (39)
	
	
5
1
5
21
79
40
33
51
71
329
Osoyoos —  	
1
Salmo  , 	
2
4
Squamish     .
1
81
395
Tofino 	
Vanderhoof -	
Westview 	
Totals 	
1,112
7 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1950
G 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY LOCAL
ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHALS—Continued
Fire Districts (20)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
16
1
10
Prince Rupert, County of	
Sooke   	
385
309
63
District Lot 172	
111
Vernon.-	
299
	
7
Totals 	
1,183
18
Grand totals, 1950
Grand totals, 1949
Grand totals, 1948
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
1947-
1946-
1945-
1944-
1943„
1942.
1941-
Inspections
  82,526
— 85,081
— 83,918
— 74,477
— 50,904
—. 60,638
_ 58,496
._. 56,344
_ 70,181
._.. 75,717
Orders
1,206
1,649
1,976
1,596
1,096
1,350
1,598
1,702
1,536
2,134
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (35)
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Alberni	
Armstrong—
Chilliwack	
Courtenay.	
Cranbrook—.
Cumberland-
Duncan	
Enderby	
Fernie 	
Grand Forks-
Greenwood —
Kamloops	
Kaslo	
Kelowna	
Kimberley	
Ladysmith	
Merritt.	
Nanaimo	
12
8
35
9
16
10
32
10
14
6
58
9
44
11
12
3
80
$893
54,791
37,988
7,033
37,401
9,641
7,502
1,261
1,012
11,113
9,099
39,088
87,492
3,731
2,552
91,502
61,119
Nelson	
New Westminster-
North Vancouver-
Penticton    	
Port Alberni	
Port Coquitlam..
Port Moody-
Prince George-
Prince Rupert -
Revelstoke	
Rossland	
Salmon Arm	
Slocan	
Trail	
Vancouver..
Vernon	
Victoria	
31
215
104
59
54
18
12
27
41
19
15
5
40
2,709
23
396
$10,725
130,013
43,848
18,150
44,951
11,370
16,500
10,183
41,399
9,435
1,052
259
32,958
1,400,961
77,108
103,831
TotalS-
4,137
$2,415,961 G 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
District Municipalities (27)
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
358
31
6
45
25
43
3
7
36
43
10
18
32
$386,285
31,892
9,015
78,422
24,284
5,386
3,549
118
82
2
6
84
162
6
1
6
17
129
50
124
$215,835
Oak Bay  —
8,383
8,988
12,606
Delta   .  - -
Richmond - _ 	
Saanich 	
130,057
54,924
16,613
Spallumcheen.   	
Sumas	
1,250
Kent                                        	
10,336
55,648
57,945
18,228
31,580
18,096
17,301
9,791
Surrey  	
Tadanac   	
225,873
17,236
44,693
Totals  —	
1,444
$1,494,216
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—	
9
6
7
10
1
1
5
3
5
16
5
10
1
5
1
5
2
5
19
$41,759
20,811
9,890
8,029
50
2,700
58
64
1,552
3,028
1,008
3,925
17
570
40
8,563
54
13,831
21,879
McBride  	
New Denver	
North Kamloops-
Oliver	
Osoyoos-
Parksville	
Pouce Coupe	
Qualicum Beach..
Quesnel. 	
Salmo 	
Silverton	
Smithers	
Squamish .—
Stewart 	
Terrace —	
Tofino	
Vanderhoof 	
Westview 	
Williams Lake ..
Totals.
229
1
$4,797
4
1,014
5
1,250
3
1,639
5
136
9
8
3,750
2,043
9
37,237
1
8
600
577
6
430
1
250
7
11,314
2
2,721
1
78
36
120,047
7
4,465
$330,176
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	
Prince Rupert, County of-
2
134
4
6
2
17
114
8
214
10
5
43
$184
379,595
78
475
24
445,840
241,481
269
545,812
60,021
807
192,923
Sooke   	
University Area —	
Vancouver, County of._
Vernon	
Victoria, County of_
View Royal.
Westminster, County of„
Yale, County of 	
Totals-
Grand totals.
2
22
80
83
34
177
965
6,775
$50
3,286
241,929
129,526
604
168,860
400,589
$2,812,353
$7,052,706
Construction of buildings—
Fire-resistive 	
Brick, concrete, or heavy timber-
Wood frame 	
Metal or corrugated iron..
Number
48
_     331
- 5,664   -
...     732
6,775
Amount of Loss
$60,493
528,704
6,261,072
202,437
$7,052,706 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1950
G 9
TABLE HI.—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 	
Boiler  or  boiler-pipe insufficiently
protected _
Broken gasoline-line	
Bunsen burner, carelessness with-
Candle carelessness	
Car upset  „.
Chemical explosion  	
Children playing with fire -
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe
Coal-gas explosion  	
Coal-stoker back-firing _ 	
Collision	
Curtains from lamp	
Curtains from stove .	
Defective acetylene equipment.
Defective battery connection	
Defective brooder	
Defective chimney  	
Defective film	
Defective fireplace	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe .
Defective muffler 	
Defective oil-burner	
Defective oil-burning equipment.
Defective stove or stove-pipe	
Defective wiring :.„
Dust explosion  	
Electrical appliances	
Engine back-firing .
Exhaust-pipe insufficiently protected
Exposure
Film ignited by carbon stub .
Firecrackers 	
Friction in drive-shaft —
Friction in machinery	
Friction on brake-drum ._
Friction on tires	
Friction sparks.
Fuel-oil, carelessness in use of	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently
protected	
Gas explosion -  -—
Gasoline carelessness .
9
4
57
3
14
1
46
14
2
21
158
4
2
6
1
4
2
1
6
284
1
36
16
2
62
21
22
44
6
396
57
1
118
1
55
2
5
8
1
1
1
64
24
37
$32,741
10,184
38,320
3,452
9,641
23
3,515
22,471
64
10,368
73,902
689
3,113
4,561
10
305
596
18
7,887
259,861
25
49,027
25,251
409
78,876
21,326
83,328
112,681
1,450
85,851
56,063
78
175,383
106
8,269
35
1,065
1,745
50
5,000
3,087
68,625
17,577
27,934
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe	
Gasoline-torch carelessness	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Grease dripping on hot sawdust	
Grease on stove 	
Heat radiation	
Hot-water   pipe   insufficiently   protected 	
Incendiary .
Kerosene carelessness .
Lamp explosion 	
Lamp upset   	
Lantern upset	
Lightning 	
Live coals	
Match carelessness	
Matches, children with.
Motor-cycle upset	
Oil-burner explosion -
Sawdust-burner back-firing 	
Sawdust-burner   insufficiently   protected 	
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 stove or stove-pipe	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Static electricity  	
Stove explosion  —
Stove   or   stove-pipe   insufficiently
protected 	
Tar boiling over 	
Thawing pipes  	
Unknown 	
Wax vapours igniting—	
Wood too near stove 	
17
18
59
1
133
10
1
75
4
2
7
2
13
12
74
105
3
23
22
3
494
2,231
22
2
58
7
182
3
405
1
24
9
117
31
1
30
250
7
99
578
1
19
$4,722
16,473
91,999
800
53,854
1,474
16,176
120,718
3,004
121
3,491
6,278
14,181
328
25,303
76,858
1,601
10,013
25,956
270
220,272
259,429
67,575
35,117
89,338
41,657
87,483
3,260
34,692
2,100
12,386
85,174
51,696
163,344
7,975
14,882
311,676
2,416
53,025
3,693,216
28,137
9,274
Totals-
$7,052,706 G 10 BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Apartments
375
Armouries 	
Asphalt plants	
Automobile courts
Automobiles
683
Ashes against wood 	
Candle carelessness -
Children playing with fire
Clothes too near stove _	
Coal-stoker   back-firing	
Defective chimney	
Defective fireplace 	
Defective furnace 	
Defective oil-burning equipment
Defective stove-pipe  	
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances  	
Exposure     -
Firecrackers     	
Furnace insufficiently protected
Gas explosion   	
Gasoline-torch carelessness	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Grease on stove 	
Match carelessness   	
Matches, children with	
Oil-burner explosion .
Sawdust-burner back-firing _
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from acetylene torch .
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from chimney _	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Sparks from stove .
Spontaneous ignition    	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Thawing pipes -     	
Unknown     -	
Wood too near stove    	
Thawing pipes .
Unknown 	
Ashes against wood	
Clothes too near stove -
Defective chimney 	
Electrical appliances	
Smokers' carelessness —
Sparks from stove .
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected 	
Thawing pipes    _ —	
Unknown   	
Acetylene-torch carelessness
Alcohol-vapour explosion __
Ashes against wood __	
Broken gasoline-line 	
Car upset _   —
Collision    	
Defective battery connection .
Defective muffler 	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances	
Engine back-firing 	
Exposure 	
Firecrackers    '
Friction in drive-shaft _.
Friction on brake-drum .
Friction on tires  "	
Gasoline carelessness _	
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe _.
Gasoline-torch carelessness
Gasoline-vapour explosion .
Heat radiation 	
Incendiary   	
Match carelessness	
Matches, children with
Short circuit   —
Smokers' carelessness „
Sparks from acetylene torch
5
1
5
1
21
1
3
1
1
1
27
1
3
1
3
1
1
3
5
3
3
1
7
190
1
2
25
6
6
1
14
9
13
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
14
1
3
1
4
5
2
3
11
14
5
1
1
31
5
1
2
8
1
10
14
1
17
1
5
5
2
291
172
5
$3,197
992
4,747
181
427
10,318
254
5,792
138
44
8
5,952
120
104
605
217
155
364
212
787
3,058
991
2,754
7,754
29,809
18,450
1,415
6,853
166
3,625
9,460
2,567
2,514
70,456
467
$35
46
125
1,966
793
64
1,835
15
3,300
$322
1,296
103
3,315
22,471
4,341
18
359
952
1,279
17,731
3,178
80
35
1,745
50
5,144
4,293
25
7,528
41
3,637
143
57
46,367
18,927
349
$194,953
6
275
8,179 '•:
REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1950
G 11
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
8
5
4
35
2
2
8
4
1
2
12
1
3
1
1
2
2
7
5
1
$531
4,000
37
126
29,373
1
Thawing pipes 	
Unknown  	
1
46
1
$177,853
$5,799
216
383
1,061
236
2
35
5,750
1
1
1
1
1
1
Unknown _	
1
1
13,482
$6,341
1,761
210
491
       1
Short circuit   	
        2
1
Electrical appliances 	
1
1
8,803
$20
12
62
2,403
1
Unknown  	
1
1
2,497
$2,300
6,723
3,090
1,778
150
405
3,260
350
57,602
42,063
1
Incendiary   -	
5
1
Lightning  -    	
1
2
3
1
Spontaneous ignition 	
6
14
1
117,721
$1,974
6
1
Unknown   — -	
2
1
1,980
16,700
$178
46
319
500
1
5
1
3
1,043
$662
10,222
Gasoline-vapour explosion  	
1
1
10,884
505
$38,250
181
Defective chimney — 	
1
1
Electrical  appliances    	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Incendiary   — 	
Smokers' carelessness _ 	
1
1
1
2
1
38,431
$130
5,000
2
1,400
200
1,152
3,706
2
Unknown	
Defective wiring   _	
Electrical appliances	
Unknown	
4
1
1
2
1
11,590
$200
4,039
Canneries (fish)  ' 	
4,239
65
$1,950
502
Canneries (poultry)   	
Unknown   	
1
1
10,814
Unknown   —
B roken gasoline-line  	
Unknown   „. 	
Firecrackers   - — 	
1
1
1
1
1
2,452
$75
355
430
Churches 	
$37
12,793 G 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Clubs
23
Cold-storage plants
Cook-houses  -
Cranes  	
Dairies
Distilleries   	
Dry-cleaning plants
Dwellings
.4,076
Oil-burner explosion
Short circuit 	
Sparks from stove .
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown   _	
Clothes too near stove
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Matches, children with
Smokers' carelessness _
Stove explosion .
Stove insufficiently protected
Acetylene-torch carelessness _
Unknown 	
Gasoline carelessness
Short circuit	
Boiler-pipe insufficiently protected
Defective wiring  	
Unknown   	
Alcohol-vapour explosion
Clothes too near stove	
Defective chimney 	
Defective oil-burner 	
Defective oil-burning equipment
Electrical appliances 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Match carelessness   	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown  	
Wax vapours igniting	
Alcohol-vapour explosion
Ashes against wood	
Candle carelessness	
Children playing with fire .
Coal-gas explosion 	
Curtains from lamp  	
Curtains from stove  	
Defective chimney    	
Defective fireplace	
Defective furnace or furnace-pipe
Defective oil-burner    	
Defective oil-burning equipment
Defective stove or stove-pipe -	
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure
Firecrackers     	
Furnace or furnace-pipe insufficiently protected.	
Gas explosion
32
39
20
Clothes too near stove or stove-pipe  ;     132
4
1
2
223
34
8
38
11
15
23
266
35
26
48
16
13
9
10
.    112
5
44
4
2
7
8
11
51
74
12
20
1
98
.1,455
25
Gasoline carelessness 	
Gasoline-torch carelessness
Gasoline-vapour explosion .
Grease on stove .„ 	
Heat radiation 	
Incendiary
Kerosene carelessness
Lamp explosion 	
Lamp upset 	
Lightning  	
Live coals 	
Match carelessness 	
Matches, children with  	
Oil-burner explosion 	
Sawdust-burner back-firing 	
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness .
Sparks from bonfire ...
$50
276
361
110
4
$22
23
621
125
4,341
392
$224
25
$2,624
10,194
8,237
$25
609
150
349
15
87
379
90
8,589
28,137
$50
14,012
2,370
5,621
42,195
689
10
112
121,814
48,113
13,128
21,744
8,497
32,193
38,682
24,546
21,841
6,248
17,592
2,769
9,560
8,684
9,503
21,568
128
76,276
3,004
121
3,491
1,416
238
3,267
69,223
6,032
15,943
40
75,063
127,219
10,925
$13,631
5,532
151
900
249
21,055
8,838
38,430 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1950
G 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
1
1
7
4
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
5
1
3
59
1
1
4
2
3
$7,686
57,494
33,939
2,829
33,463
26,708
13,746
163,225
170
24,959
448,430
5,523
Sparks from chimney   — -	
Sparks from fireplace  	
126
392
13
      94
       13
..
Stove explosion 	
26
     170
■
Tar boiling over  	
Thawing pipes    —	
Unknown     	
Wood too near stove -   -	
1
67
222
14
1
$1,682,104
375
Unknown __   __  	
Exposure  	
1
1
5
$2,000
170
386
3,200
1
1
2,556
Engines __ — -	
$50
153
1,077
Short circuit  	
1
2
Unknown  „	
Unknown     _   -_
1
1
         1
1,280
97,707
50
Factories (concrete products) —
5,000
Factories  (food products)
1
$2,818
7,943
256
2,314
Smokers' carelessness  	
Spontaneous ignition   - 	
1
1
1
1
13,331
50
762
Factories   (furniture)  —
Factories  (iron and wire products)      	
Unknown   _„
Unknown       	
Unknown	
Electrical appliances 	
Sparks from chimney 	
1
1
1
1
1
70
17,324
15
	
Factories (tent and awning)   ...
Factories   (window-shade )	
40
1
90
Sparks from acetylene torch   - -
         1
300
Smokers' carelessness 	
1
2-
$52
34
148
Unknown    '    _	
Incendiary .„	
Grease on stove  	
Sparks from chimney	
Unknown   •	
Clothes too near stove —	
Defective oil-burner 	
2
1
1
1
1
1
4
234
1,000
$45
485
1,763
2,293
Fishing-boats  	
$50
15,137
19,076
78
452
18,150
4,500
3,500
693
507
2,500
16,795
51,885
Engine back-firing   	
12
Exhaust-pipe insufficiently protected 	
1
Exposure 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion .. .
Lantern upset 	
2
8
1
Match carelessness  	
1
Oil-burner explosion   	
1
Short circuit 	
4
Smokers' carelessness  	
Stove insufficiently protected 	
1
8
Unknown	
15
1
133,323
150
680
Friction in machinery    	
Matches, children with  	
1
1
$413
275
698
307
1
1
Sparks from furnace „	
1
1
1,693
Fruit   packing   and   processing
$60,492
427,250
1
487.742 G 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
-
Causes
Amount of Loss
i
Incendiary   —  	
         1
1
$50
Garages (private) — —
47
.     26
13
$2,744
6,201
275
6,293
260
491
104
6,100
1,232
723
10,378
3,919
2,038
1,554
350
125
3,261
4,352
1
_    ..        1
Electrical appliances  - — 	
2
         4
1
         1
1
2
4
Short circuit -       -
5
8
         1
7
        1
1
2
        4
3
50,400
Garages (public) 	
$32,268
596
40
183
14,880
190
65
1,574
1,028
729
477
500
300
68,556
2
1
2
3
Gasoline carelessness     - 	
1
1
1
        2
2
        1
        1
           1
        5
1
121,386
$350
4,316
1,518
92
159
75
10
54,475
2
10
. ..     28
Exposure     — — 	
Gasoline carelessness —	
Grease on stove     —   —
Short circuit -    - 	
2
1
1
2
         1
1
4
1
60,995
Gas plants   	
$9,856
205
Unknown - 	
1
2
10,061
Greenhouses   	
$877
978
200
4,496
5,084
1
1
        3
Unknown    — —	
Defective furnace  	
Defective wiring    	
3
1
1
4
11,635
Halls                     ..       -   -	
$82
50
120
4,639
8
20
15,159
150
6
5,238
20,523
10,127
31,618
2
*i
Exposure   - _	
2
         1
1
Matt* carelessness 	
Smokers' carelessness	
1
6
1
1
2
1
Unknown    —	
Incendiary   —   _-	
6
1
         1
87,740
$65
30
11
Incendiary - _	
1
4
95
Hospitals   - -	
$6,425
168
67
7 ■r:=«is-: >.»•«-
REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1950
G 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Hospitals  (veterinary) ..
Hotels" — -
1
164
House-boats
Ice plants
Launches .
Laundries
Lime plants 	
Locomotives —
Logging, camps
Lumber-piles _
Machine-shops
Meat-packing plants
Mining properties 	
17
Stove explosion 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances 	
Ashes against wood 	
Defective chimney	
Defective oil-burner  	
Defective oil-burning equipment
Defective wiring   	
Electrical appliances _.	
Gas explosion	
Match carelessness   	
Matches, children with   _
Short circuit    	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from fireplace 	
Sparks from stove	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Stove insufficiently protected.	
Thawing pipes  	
Unknown 	
Sparks from chimney 	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown    	
Incendiary   	
Defective oil-burner 	
Engine back-firing 	
Exposure  .	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Short circuit   	
Sparks from acetylene torch	
Unknown   _
Boiler insufficiently protected —	
Clothes too near stove	
Defective chimney  	
Defective stove-pipe 	
Electrical appliances  	
Short circuit  	
Sparks from chimney 	
Unknown   	
13
12
Unknown    	
Unknown 	
Engine back-firing 	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Short circuit 	
Sparks from acetylene torch
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from bush fire
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown  	
15
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown   _
Defective oil-burner 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from acetylene torch
Sparks from forge 	
Tar boiling over 	
Unknown 	
Friction in machinery
Defective chimney 	
Short circuit 	
Unknown 	
$150
145
15,029
$16,234
33,588
270
1,000
73
53
72
1,388
16
697
13,892
14,644
13
250
1,851
22,128
839
246,871
$50
150
1,415
$550
3,286
3,500
3,998
27,586
2,000
225
36,327
800
273
6,273
1,369
70
35
7,271
$4,248
282
3,181
46,551
5,618
66,190
29,621
287
210,630
$300
50
$25
21
18,650
2,100
249
240
$6,318
838
3,423
$21,984
108
353,879
1,615
50
77,472
16,859
3,454
25
366,608
350
21,285
20
10,579 G 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
.      15
1
44
2
1
2
1
26
2
1
3
4
1
1
        7
$1,058
333
50
1,601
31
- -         2
         1
         3
         2
1
$3,073
75
$23
45
149
150
232
125
1,060
3,336
714
2,644
5,462
58
150
25
55
4,513
Offices    —
         1
         1
         4
.          1
2
1
4
7
         1
„.-         4
 —      10
2
1
           1
Thawing pipes - -
Unknown _   —	
„         1
          3
           1
18,741
Old people's homes  	
$300
50
1
Unknown -   __ -	
1
      1
         1
,.,         1
5
18,897
Piggeries 	
$6,124
6,242
Unknown     	
12,366
848
Portable welding-machines 	
$5,587
1,725
2,200
2,000
10
5
97
70
85
165
3,744
55,626
           1
           1
         1
Electrical appliances   _    —
Incendiary — -_ _ _._	
         1
         1
2
1
        2
i
 _         1
_.           3
7
           1
71,314
$7,673
17,688
              1
1
25,361
179
$2,104
7,545
         2
1
Collision 	
         1
1
9,649
Railway-cars 	
$220
10,600
2,100
350
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown  	
         1
         1
Smokers' carelessness -	
1
1
13,270
1,100
_.     57
Ashes against wood- -	
Defective chimney        	
Defective fireplace  - -	
         1
2
1
1
$347
125
660
168
226
17,776
42
18,933
2,189
12,918
415
1,940
167
9,857
Electrical appliances '	
            6
Exposure	
Firecrackers 	
—        6
—  _             2
Grease on stove   _	
11
Short circuit	
3
19
Sparks from fireplace 	
1
Spontaneous ignition „.
1
Stove insufficiently protected	
1
Unknown  _ ■	
2
65,763 ^^^^^^      fSppppsS? ■
REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1950                                           G 17
TABLE IV.-
-CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Road-graders —
Rooming-houses
Sailboats
Sawmills
Schools
Scows
Sheds .
1
122
33
94
Gasoline on exhaust-pipe -
Clothes too near stove	
Defective chimney 	
Defective furnace-pipe	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure —
Furnace insufficiently protected.
Gas explosion  	
Match carelessness  	
Sawdust-burner insufficiently protected.
Smokers' carelessness   	
Sparks from chimney 	
Sparks from stove  	
Stove explosion
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected.
Thawing pipes    	
Unknown _   	
Short circuit  _  	
Boiler insufficiently protected
Clothes too near stove	
Dust explosion - —
Electrical appliances  	
Engine back-firing	
Friction sparks   	
Lightning  	
Short circuit    __
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from engine 	
Sparks from mill burner-	
Static electricity  	
Unknown   	
Engine back-firing .
Unknown 	
Ashes against wood _
Defective chimney —
Defective oil-burner -
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Gasoline carelessness 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Heat radiation 	
Incendiary 	
Lightning  	
Matches, children with	
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from acetylene torch
Sparks from bonfire..
Sparks from stove or stove-pipe -
Spontaneous ignition
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected-
Chemical explosion  	
Clothes too near stove 	
Defective chimney 	
Defective furnace   	
Defective wiring   	
Electrical appliances   — -
Firecrackers   -
Furnace insufficiently protected	
Gasoline-torch carelessness 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion _ -
Incendiary   :
Match carelessness 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire. B	
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from furnace -	
Spontaneous ignition   	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected _
Unknown 	
$78
3,074
30
66
20
40
5
63
30
2,521
253
35
40
106
98
14,163
$60
20,015
750
125
7,546
5,000
3,483
3,075
1,662
2,110
33,765
7,975
620,432
$64
35
25,049
6,069
247
105
10
438
11
95
15
21
2,426
70
415
8,402
10
9,946
41,341
$989
1,115
$381
450
2,100
1,962
963
1,045
344
5
1,696
490
2,578
963
675
425
1,122
415
3,144
1,306
$96
20,622
50
705,998
94,769
2,104 G 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
3
Thawing pipes    	
         1
..     .     29
$25
31,328
250
Wood too near stove  . 	
Exposure   -	
Tar boiling over      	
        2
          2
         1
            1
$51,667
$1,737
1,420
6
2
1
3,157
Shingle-mills 	
$35,067
51,372
16,000
        4
Unknown .„      .             	
         1
         1
102,439
Ships :	
$20,000
6,000
Unknown  	
         1
.    .       1
26,000
156
      48
2
$260
50
110
700
3,050
265
295
10
100
969
7,225
10
640
73,843
1
4
1
         1
..   .       1
        5
        6
Friction in machinery.          	
Furnace insufficiently protected 	
        2
        3
1
.   ..        1
Lightning   	
Short circuit	
           1
...   .      11
Sparks from acetylene torch	
1
Sparks from furnace.  	
Unknown
Grease dripping on hot sawdust	
        6
        7
         1
87,527
800
$340
2,378
Stables   .	
Unknown      —	
Short circuit
          4
1
40,118
59
2
1
203
      49
Smokers' carelessness	
Ashes against wood 	
         1
        2
        4
2,718
Stores    	
$937
151
2,686
9,882
1,467
1,207
1,462
45,513
20,175
33,106
1,081
5
105
22
4,380
9,986
1,190
17,492
65
1,890
7,604
6,964
99
2,779
25
1,776
2,610
10,211
387
141,798
.   .          1
9
2
        3
1
Defective wiring        .
Electrical appliances  .
Exposure   —   ..    	
          2
      21
      18
16
         1
Gasoline carelessness     ~     .
Gasoline-torch carelessness  	
Gasoline-vapour explosion    	
Grease on stove  ._ .
1
             1
        2
        4
1
Incendiary       	
Match carelessness   -
        2
.           3
3
.    ..      18
Smokers' carelessness — 	
47
2
...       2
1
5
2
        6
Thawing pipes	
Unknown _	
3
....     20
1
327,055
$12
15
2,015
4,232
7,516
11,324
75
Clothes too near stove    	
         1
2
1
5
Exposure     	
Furnace insufficiently nrotected    -   	
4
1 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1950
G 19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Stores and dwellings.
60
Stores and offices-
Stores and rooms ..
Street-cars
Tar-pots .
Theatres
Tractors
45
12
Gas explosion  	
Match carelessness 	
Matches, children with _
Smokers' carelessness ...
Sparks from chimney—
Sparks from stove-
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected..
Thawing pipes 	
Unknown  ~  	
Wood too near stove..
Clothes too near stove .
Defective chimney 	
Defective oil-burner 	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances —
Exposure _  	
Firecrackers   	
Fuel-oil, carelessness in use of—
Furnace insufficiently protected..
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Incendiary .
Matches, children with 	
Sawdust-burner back-firing
Short circuit    _
Smokers' carelessness —	
Sparks from chimney	
Sparks from fireplace	
Spontaneous ignition	
Stove explosion
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected.
Thawing pipes  .	
Unknown   	
Electrical appliances  	
Exposure   	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Hot-water pipe insufficiently protected -
Oil-burner explosion	
Short circuit
Stove insufficiently protected..
Ashes against wood	
Clothes too near stove	
Defective oil-burner 	
Defective stove or stove-pipe-
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure 	
Firecrackers 	
Furnace-pipe insufficiently protected.
Short circuit _  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from chimney..
Stove insufficiently protected..
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances —
Friction in machinery-
Short circuit 	
Unknown 	
Tar boiling over .—
Clothes too near stove...
Defective film 	
Electrical appliances 	
Film ignited by carbon stub .
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness .
Unknown 	
Broken gasoline-line -
Engine back-firing	
Gasoline carelessness
Short circuit  	
Unknown  	
$4,606
519
77
6,376
659
30
787
8,784
69,724
3,034
1
$39
4
438
3
10,051
1
10,567
1
73
5
25,838
2
112
1
3,087
1
753
1
53
2
9,571
1
86
1
7,259
2
176
13
313
2
2,491
3
48
1
730
1
554
3
17,040
3
1,519
8
76,449
3
$2,241
1
71
1
1,449
1
16,176
1
151
1
925
1
125
1
$23
1
36
1
6,207
2
34,633
5
312
3
2,380
1
56
2
8,125
2
58
20
3,651
1
249
2
2,139
4
19,348
1
$75
1
100
1
152
1
175
4
1
$11
1
25
1
50
1
106
1
60
1
45
3
11,844
1
$50
1
2,000
3
764
3
1,217
4
5,378
$119,785
167,247
21,138
77,217
502
577
12,141
9,409 G 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Trailers
Transformers
Tug-boats 	
Warehouses
Welding-shops
Woodworking plants
Totals	
39
1
.6,775
Electrical appliances 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion .
Heat radiation 	
Short circuit 	
Unknown 	
Incendiary
Short circuit   _   1
Defective oil-burner     1
Gasoline-vapour explosion   1
Short circuit .    1
Stove insufficiently protected    1
Unknown    3
Ashes against wood    2
Clothes too near stove _ - ,  1
Defective chimney     2
Defective oil-burner    1
Defective oil-burning equipment    2
Defective wiring     1
Electrical appliances    - 1
Exposure    .    2
Furnace insufficiently protected  j— 1
Gas explosion     1
Gasoline-vapour explosion __   1
Oil-burner explosion     1
Short circuit     3
Smokers' carelessness   _   3
Sparks from acetylene torch   3
Sparks from engine  1
Stove insufficiently protected   1
Unknown     12
Sparks from acetylene torch   1
Unknown       2
1
. 6,775
$2,893
30
10
71
1,519
$2,714
500
75
200
69,929
$35
10,211
767
11,016
2,935
5,533
50
4,574
25,284
52
6,848
144
186
180
2,824
1,150
9,109
397,151
$422
246
$4,523
1,000
73,418
478,049
668
92
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE VII.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1941-50
Occupancy
Cause of Fire
Loss of Life
Men
Women
Children
Apartment....               1
2
1
1
1
1
4
1
5
1
1
2
1
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4
1
1
1
2
1
2
i
2
4
1
Dwelling 1
Dwelling    —                 3
4
Dwelling                              ,'. 1
Dwelling   1
1
Dwelling      .  .                                  3
Dwelling                                      8
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected
2
2
Hospital            1
Hotel 1
Smokers' carelessness _	
Unknown	
1
Launch   1
Launch                                                  1
1
Old people's home            „ 1
Store and apartment           1
Smokers' carelessness.   	
1
Smokers' carelessness.     	
Totals, 1950	
28
24
29
21
21
25
8
3
5
3
13
6
5
2
7
12
6
21
11
10
19
Totals, 1949	
15
Totals, 1948	
24
Totals, 1947    .     .
16
Totals, 1946	
8
Totals, 1945	
21
Totals, 1944.	
5
Totals, 1943
5
Totals, 1942
16
Totals, 1941   ..
3
Ten-ypar total
167
93 .
132
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty
1951
795-651-7350  

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