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 THE FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
THIRTY-SEVENTH
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS,  1958
Printed by Don McDiakmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1959  To His Honour Frank Mackenzie Ross, C.M.G., M.C., LL.D.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Thirty-seventh Annual Report of the
Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1958.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 1959.
ROBERT W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General. TABLE OF CONTENTS
Report of the Fire Marshal-
Table I.—Inspections Made and Orders Issued by Local Assistant Fire Marshals
Table II.—Fires Reported	
Construction of Buildings Burned	
Table III.—Causes of Fires	
Table IV.—Classification of Property Burned and Causes-
Table V.—Summary	
Page
.    5
9
11
11
13
27
Table VI.—Ten-year Comparative Statement of Fire Losses  27
Table VII.—Loss of Life, 1949-58  28
Table VIII.—Twenty-year Fire-loss Graph   29 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1959.
The Honourable Robert W. Bonner, Q.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I beg to submit herewith the Thirty-seventh Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1958.
I am very gratified again to report a reduction in the fire loss for the Province.
There were 8,063 fires with a loss of $12,702,394, which not only means a reduction of
$1,832,234 but is the lowest annual fire loss since 1955. It is still more gratifying to
report a reduction in the loss of life through fire. There were sixty-seven lives lost in
1958 as compared with ninety-eight in 1957, or a reduction of 32 per cent.
As in former years, smokers' carelessness is our leading cause of fire, while carelessness with inflammable liquids was responsible for some of our large losses. It will
be agreed that only public education in fire prevention will reduce these losses. With
this in mind, we are constantly carrying instruction to the fire service and the general
public, and undoubtedly the success of this is exemplified in this Report. We have gone
a little further this year in that the various municipalities have been persuaded to send
their Local Assistant Fire Marshals to Vancouver, where we have inaugurated orientation courses with a view to standardizing, as nearly as possible, their operations in the
field. One course has already been held with an attendance of nineteen men, and it is
proposed to have these courses repeated eveiy three months until all Local Assistant
Fire Marshals have been in attendance. The number of Local Assistants to the Fire
Marshal now stands at 308.
By virtue of the increased use of radioactive materials throughout the Province, it
has been found necessary to give proper fire department instruction in this field. To this
end, our instructors have qualified themselves by taking specialized courses on the subject and are now extending their work of instruction to include control of radioactive
materials.
During the year there have been some further amendments to the regulations passed
pursuant to the " Fire Marshal Act." These have been requested of the Department
and promulgated in order that our regulations may keep abreast of modern fire-protection
developments.
Two hundred and sixty-four investigations have taken members of our Investigation
Branch to various parts of the Province. As a result of these investigations, there were
fifty-one prosecutions with thirty-eight convictions, eleven acquittals, and two adjournments sine die. Further, there were twenty-one prosecutions under the regulations passed
pursuant to the " Fire Marshal Act " with twenty-one convictions. Our Inspectors have
assisted the Local Assistant Fire Marshals in their inspection work. Inspections made
by the Local Assistant Fire Marshals, as shown in Table I, total 91,959 for the year,
an increase over 1957.
Our travelling fire department instruction units gave instruction to eighty departments, and a total of 1,410 firemen received training.
Our responsibility under the Theatre Regulations resulted in twenty-seven examinations for projectionists—four for first class, five for second class, and eighteen for
second class restricted.
I am pleased to report the establishment of a branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers of Great Britain, the only professional fire engineering organization in Canada. K 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA
We are particularly proud that we initiated this branch, as the need has been felt for
fire-prevention engineering education, and the courses of study which must be successfully undertaken before a diploma is granted ensure that our future fire service personnel
will be more qualified to serve.
My thanks are extended to the members of the various fire and police departments,
the British Columbia Research Council, the National Harbours Board, the civil defence
organizations, and my own staff for their excellent help and co-operation during the year.
Also, may I thank members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police throughout the
Province, Local Assistant Fire Marshals, and insurance companies and their adjusters
for their co-operation.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
BASIL NIXON,
Fire Marshal. REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1958
K 7
TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY LOCAL
ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHALS
District Municipalities (30)
Town Municipalities (2)
City Municipalities (35)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
Alberni        .
Armstrong	
16
145
86
673
534
52
14
140
12
377
19
1,037
470
31
1,275
900
7,727
6
1
3
6
5
3
2
~~3
4
1
8
254
North Vancouver.  	
2,355
368
233
695
143
319
2,165
37,294
226
14,414
57
5
1
4
Courtenay.. 	
Port Coquitlam   .. 	
Duncan  	
Enderby	
Fernie  	
Prince Rupert  	
Revelstoke  	
Rossland    	
2
Slocan  	
Trail                        	
Kamloops   	
Kaslo... 	
12
Vancouver.	
38
4
Langley  	
Nanaimo 	
White Rock
25
Totals     	
71,777
387
New Westminster	
5,747
630
57
266
237
2
28
617
62
30
114
8
11
33
15
365
2,285
229
191
1,300
2
8
650
48
107
Oak Bay  	
Peachland....    	
2
Delta  	
6
75
2
1
Kent                       	
2
Tadanac . .   	
Totals  	
~"
12,975
Mission City	
Quesnel	
Totals.. K 8
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TABLE I.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY LOCAL
ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHALS—Continued
Village Municipalities (55)
Inspections     Orders
Inspections      Orders
Abbotsford..
Alert Bay—-
Ashcroft.
Burns Lake...	
Campbell River...
Castlegar	
Chapman Camp..
Comox _	
Creston  —
Cumberland	
Fort St. James..—
Fort St. John	
Fruitvale..
Gibsons Landing _
Golden .
Harrison Hot Springs..
Hazelton	
Hope 	
Houston 	
Invermere	
Keremeos 	
Kinnaird   	
Ladysmith-
Lake Cowichan „
Lillooet 	
Lumby 	
Lytton 	
McBride	
Marysville...	
9
11
656
55
35
57
19
27
2
37
11
25
169
5
18
Merritt	
Montrose	
New Denver	
North Kamloops..
Oliver 	
Osoy oos 	
Parksville	
Pemberton	
Pouce Coupe	
Princeton	
Qualicum Beach..
Salmo 	
Sechelt 	
Sidney	
Silverton	
Smithers	
Squamish 	
Stewart...
Telkwa...
Terrace.
Torino..-
Ucluelet	
Vanderhoof..
Warfield	
Williams Lake-
Zeballos	
Totals.
48
65
10
65
11
56
12
22
14
73
10
174
24
91
2
1,878
55
Fire Districts (19)
Cariboo, County of 	
199
1
1
8
76
61
142
2,384
95
15
__
14
3
Sooke  	
10
1,893
284
25
14
136
10
District Lot 172	
Vancouver, County of 	
3
Ocean Falls...  	
Totals .   _         	
5,329
50
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
Grand totals,
1958..
1957-
1956..
1955..
1954..
1953..
1952..
1951..
1950..
1949..
Inspections
Orders
91,959
647
86,684
975
80,145
875
78,523
825
78,284
801
78,885
562
80,573
345
82,321
644
82,526
1,206
85,081
1,649 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1958
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (35)
K 9
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
28
3
26
32
20
60
41
3
8
7
3
59
1
92
25
6
105
59
$157,142
149
47,228
27,699
58,451
237,835
11,272
349
37,613
3,046
335
34,798
1,495
107,737
3,412
20,531
74,723
131,992
New Westminster  . 	
206
125
77
73
18
14
51
58
18
13
12
27
2,320
43
444
24
$153,624
Armstrong 	
Chilliwack          	
Courtenay  . .
118,373
71,872
89,066
Penticton  _ 	
2,026
27,146
101,630
Prince Rupert   	
Revelstoke  ....
Rossland 	
191,730
14,665
24,201
1,632
Slocan...	
Trail 	
Vancouver	
12,572
2,540,359
121,653
Victoria	
White Rock	
95,358
11,026
Totals   	
4,101
$4,532,740
District Municipalities (30)
Burnaby	
Central Saanich-
Chilliwhack	
Coldstream .
Coquitlam	
Delta	
Esquimalt	
Fraser Mills..
Glenmore-
Kent	
Kitimat	
Langley	
Maple Ridge..
Matsqui	
Mission	
North Cowichan..
494
23
47
9
75
50
81
13
6
47
43
49
37
21
40
$215,667
5,004
137,517
12,703
56,156
48,526
16,915
740
23,600
105,346
37,226
98,688
25,488
57,592
69,905
North Vancouver-
Oak Bay	
Peachland	
Pitt Meadows	
Powell River ......
Richmond	
Saanich	
Salmon Arm	
Spallumcheen..
Sumas	
Summerland-
Surrey... ..
Tadanac ..
West Vancouver-
Totals..
187
141
5
6
59
190
255
8
4
9
16
268
34
164
2,381
$223,063
16,640
6,810
24,002
15,063
480,297
67,419
18,843
13,062
2,070
16,736
393,316
5,226
85,467
$2,279,087
Town Municipalities (2)
Mission City..
Quesnel	
18
17
$34,751
14,422
Totals.
35
$49,173 K 10
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TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Village Municipalities (55)
Fire Districts (19)
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
8
3
2
4
30
8
1
10
3
5
2
7
2
13
1
20
1
2
3
5
13
3
3
2
2
2
$1,951
412
447
6,024
77,024
4,975
1,400
1,470
111
2,685
63,350
1,773
118
139,751
131
2
9
5
1
13
7
8
1
3
12
12
2
5
13
11
4
$525
Alert Bay
1,416
4,939
3,338
6,597
New Denver
299
Chapman Camp	
Osoyoos          	
1,190
36
7,076
16,079
836
Fort St   Tnhn
147
Ser.helt
3,766
1,704
13,775
219,517
100
1,157
795
198
3,233
760
11,141
430
325
5,372
4,671
4
18
1
8
16
2
2,791
63,836
Tofino
20
Warfield
3,873
36,732
Zeballos	
Totals	
79
312
$718,375
Cariboo, County of._
Colwood	
District Lot 172..
Ioco	
Kelowna 	
Kootenay, County of-
Langford-
Nanaimo, County of_
Ocean Falls	
Prince George-
Prince Rupert, County of_
280
14
2
25
154
25
209
14
74
$1,840,851
2,886
40
32,215
610,409
23,104
825,367
19,451
290,255
Sooke..
University Area-
Vancouver, County of_
Vernon	
Victoria, County of-.
View Royal-
Westminster, County of_
Yale, County of	
Totals-
Grand totals-
1
11
65
84
13
54
209
1,234
(,063
$38
5,058
296,534
287,163
870
219,615
669,163
$5,123,019
$12,702,394 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1958
K 11
TABLE II.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Construction of Buildings Burned
Fire-resistive—
City municipalities
District municipalities ._
Town municipalities	
Village municipalities	
Fire districts 	
Number
29
_       19
Brick, concrete, or heavy timber—
City municipalities
District municipalities
Town municipalities 	
Village municipalities .
Fire districts 	
Wood frame—
City municipalities
District municipalities
Town municipalities 	
Village municipalities .
Fire districts 	
Metal or corrugated iron—
City municipalities	
District municipalities
Town municipalities 	
Village municipalities .
Fire districts 	
242
28
7
13
Totals
52
290
6,503
1,218
8,063
Amount of Loss
$160,615
2,305
30,073
$1,028,082
14,813
37,696
25,209
$3,182,003
2,047,968
48,172
665,088
4,372,317
$192,993
1,105,800
10,315,548
$162,040
214,001
1,001
15,591
695,420
1,088,053
$12,702,394
TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES
Causes of Fires
Number
Amount of Loss
Boilers or boiler-pipes, defective or overheated-
Candles and open flames.. 	
Children playing with fire— 	
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated-
Sparks from 	
Collision _ — _
Defective battery connection-
Defective brooder	
Defective muffler	
Defective oven 	
Defective wiring	
Dust explosion.
Electrical appliances and equipment (improper use of appliance or defective
equipment)
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from..
Engine back-firing  	
Exposure   	
Fireplaces—
Defective	
Sparks from	
Fireworks  	
Friction—
In brake-drum
In conveyer-belt..
In machinery	
In pulley	
In tires	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near-
Defective	
Insufficiently protected-
Sparks from 	
164
79
24
211
13
4
4
3
9
15
17
43
17
11
56
243
7
3
3
2
1
55
4
396
2
84
154
235
42
33
92
$189,237
60,703
$14,700
10,541
$6,893
119,477
12,377
6,092
7,413
$18,535
124,404
55,885
37,396
$48,672
19,493
2,510
249,940
4,908
72,595
3,173
175
925
116,650
2,154
215,703
37,481
43,663
291,041
25,241
8,828
152,252
236,220 K  12
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TABLE III.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
Causes of Fires
Number
Amount of Loss
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion....  	
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment-
Gas, natural—
Explosion..
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment .
Gasoline—
Broken line.-	
Carelessness with-
On exhaust-pipe-
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle..
Stoves, lamps, torches	
Used in cleaning	
Used to kindle fire .  —
Vapour explosion	
17
3
4
26
60
29
6
26
1
1
52
Heat radiation j  —
Hot ashes, coals, etc.... 	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of .
Incendiary...
Inflammable vapours, ignition of (paints, thinners, varnishes, etc.)..
Kerosene—
Carelessness with    	
Stoves, lamps, torches 	
Used to kindle fire	
Lightning .
Matches—
Carelessness with..
Children with	
Molten metal	
Motor-vehicie upset-
Oil-burners—
;   Broken line	
Defective	
Defective equipment-
Explosion T :.:	
Sparks from ,	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Carlessness with . 	
Defective .
Sparks from .
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed   	
In the home 	
In public premises	
In unlisted locations ..
While intoxicated	
68
187
1
57
55
50
4
10
3
31
352
2,084
2
683
Sparks from bonfire - -
Sparks from bush fire —
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from grinder—	
Sparks from locomotive-
Sparks from mill burner-
Spontaneous ignition .
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near-
Defective-  —	
Explosion.
Insufficiently protected..
Sparks from —	
188
25
9
140
48
Unknown .
15
24
Totals-
201
19
66
322
116
38
11
31
255
9
15
167
44
562
3,129
91
13
4
2
1
35
26
2
410
1,024
8,063
$4,965
38,754
111,930
$54,470
735
114
$25,702
212,530
30,352
1,830
227,618
3,100
6,000
146,555
$1,001
31.895
3,241
$38,403
115,474
$56
195,497
80,389
35,695
126
$58,939
596
398,206
$99,520
335,854
57
523,312
15,790
$71,340
52,518
19,838
262,919
179,912
$155,649
55,319
653,687
14,292
23,769
90,048
201,276
58,912
36,137
106,916
153,877
4,310
67,665
311,763
457,741
761,295
974,533
77,941
35,490
28,878
2,215
11,000
525,808
188,061
60,449
586,527
5,527,212
$12,702,394 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1958 K 13
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Airports and hangars
Apartments
316
Asphalt plants and tanks
Bakeries    	
Banks
Barber-shops
Barges and scows .
Barns and stables
60
Furnace or furnace-pipe, defective
Incendiary    _ 	
Unknown       	
Candies and open flames ...
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated
Sparks from  —
Electrical appliances —	
Exposure   	
Fireplaces—
Defective   	
Sparks from   —
Fireworks      —
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Defective     _ 	
Insufficiently protected 	
Gas explosion, natural   ._	
Gasoline—stoves, lamps, torches 	
Hot ashes, coals, etc.   	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of
Incendiary 	
Kerosene used to kindle fire 	
Matches—
Carelessness   with   	
Children with   —	
Oil-burners—
Defective       	
Defective equipment ..
Explosion   	
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed  	
In the home _ —
In unlisted locations
While intoxicated  	
Sparks from bonfire
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near	
Defective   	
Insufficiently  protected
Unknown    _ 	
Engine   back-firing   —
Exposure   . 	
Unknown   .—	
Exposure     	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown — 	
5
5
15
5
4
4
3
2
1
16
28
114
37
1
Incendiary   _   - 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Defective   oven       	
Gas  explosion,  natural   .	
Hot ashes	
Smokers'   carelessness     . 	
Stove, combustible materials too near  i _	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Smokers'   carelessness      i.._	
Defective wiring     :	
Electrical   appliances    .	
Gasoline-vapour  explosion „  |  	
Incendiary       j	
Lightning     L 	
Matches, children with    j_	
Smokers' carelessness  —   	
Sparks from bonfire    —:	
Spontaneous  ignition   _  ; 	
$11,984
300
4,575
$462
767
582
1,918
37,082
476
99
40
58
11,035
9,000
488
375
244
1,228
1,930
54
165
1,195
21,963
241
150
10,360
9,901
13,240
18,626
136
100
456
3,000
1,984
34,483
$259
128
1
$925
1
2,248
1
158
1
25
1
162
1
$1,511
1
425
2
907
1
$21
3
70
1
18
1
$600
1
300
1
$14,404
1
2,500
1
13,552
1
25
2
9,600
7
20,463
2
6,050
5
24,400
3
31,324
$16,859
181,838
387
3,518
2,843
109
900 K 14
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TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Bath-houses   	
Boarding-houses .
Boat-building works
Boat-houses   —
Bottling-works
Bowling-alleys
Bridges     ,	
Buildings under construction ,
Bunk-houses
Canneries  (fish)
Cement plants —
Chemical plants .
Clubs
Club-houses (golf, yacht, etc.)_
Coal and lumber yards .
Churches and church properties     13
14
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near 	
Insufficiently  protected  	
Sparks from 	
Unknown   	
Gasoline,  carelessness  with
Gasoline-torch     	
Matches,  children with
Smoking in bed 	
Sparks from grinder
Unknown    	
Exposure   	
Unknown 	
Incendiary   	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
Smokers' carelessness ~ 	
Hot tar, ignition of   	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches,  children with
Oil-burning equipment,  defective 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, defective-
Sparks from bonfire
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown   	
Oil-burner, defective 	
Smokers'   carelessness   	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Insufficiently   protected
Sparks from _ 	
Unknown —  	
Boiler, defective   	
Oxj^gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Electrical   appliances     	
Short circuit   	
Unknown   	
Candles and open flames
Exposure
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently   protected   	
Incendiary  	
Lightning   .— 	
Oil-burners—
Defective equipment 	
Explosion    _ 	
Unknown      	
Chimney, defective
Exposure
Furnace, defective 	
Smokers'   carelessness
Stove, sparks from 	
of
Candles and open flames
Incendiary  	
Inflammable vapours,   ignition
Smokers'   carelessness  — 	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown   	
Boiler, defective 	
Electrical   appliances
Hot ashes 	
Incendiary
Matches, children with
$5,309
350
15
156,045
$1,632
48
46
$1,666
21,621
$100
3,370
23,903
$300
1,074
250
250
300
90
554
40,852
$809
2,753
457
21,579
1,616
$250
300
5,409
$3,797
1,957
320
72
1,674
176
309
194
470
$43,272
156
41
3,352
687
20
459
71
80
7,311
$12,110
3,000
60
1,278
10
$284,037
2,000
1,726
23,287
750
210
27,373
10
43,670
27,214
150
7
5,959
8,969
47,508
7,949 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1958
K 15
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Compressors
Cook-houses
Cranes 	
Dairies
Dehydrating plants _
Dental  laboratories
Dry-cleaning plants
Dwellings
-4,832
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from mill burner
Unknown   	
Candles and open flames
Unknown    	
Unknown   .  	
Gasoline, carelessness with
Matches, children with 	
Motor-vehicle upset — 	
Short circuit 	
Boiler, defective 	
Chimney, defective 	
Furnace, insufficiently protected 	
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected
Stove insufficiently protected	
Unknown 	
Electrical   appliances
Exposure
Friction in machinery 	
Gasoline-vapour  explosion 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Short circuit  	
Unknown 	
Candles and open flames 	
Children playing with fire 	
Chimneys—■
Defective or overheated 	
Sparks from 	
Defective wiring	
Electrical   appliances  	
Engine back-firing 	
Exposure    	
Fireplaces—
Defective   	
Sparks from 	
Fireworks   	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Defective -	
Insufficiently   protected
Sparks from
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gas, natural—
Explosion
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gasoline—
Carelessness  with	
Stoves, lamps, torches	
Used  in  cleaning  	
Used to kindle fire 	
Vapour  explosion 	
Heat radiation 	
Hot ashes, coals, etc.	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc.,
Incendiary
ignition of
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Kerosene-
Carelessness  with  	
Stoves, lamps, torches 	
Lightning 	
Matches—
Carelessness  with	
Children with	
1
1
3
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
46
7
144
60
21
303
1
54
22
202
26
11
10
30
12
2
1
2
12
2
3
14
16
1
1
9
6
44
283
19
15
3
3
20
46
118
$100
180
2,285
21,487
$35
442
$75
190
15,690
2,345
$611
712
158
50,918
120
22,475
$570
827
1,740
11,734
713
$14,933
2,435
135,584
33,621
46,807
66,119
90
41,951
13,724
9,900
6,568
17,520
12,318
42,593
32,857
300
126
76
4,475
610
86
23,863
14,133
3,100
6,000
14,317
3,734
20,209
61,679
19,899
6,715
1,001
2,015
13,696
18,703
75,491
$40,510
477
5,705
18,300
74,994
185
1,149
15,584 K 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Electrical manufacturing plants      2
Electrical substations
Electric-light plants  _
Elevators (grain)
Factories (bed and mattress)-
Factories   (bleach products)	
Factories (brick)	
Factories (electro-plating)
Factories  (furniture)   ,	
Factories  (paint)
Factories (paper products)—
Factories (plastic products)..
Factories (rag)
Factories  (roofing materials)—
Factories (sash and door)-
Factories (sausage)
Factories (veneer and plywood)
Fences
Molten metal 	
Oil-burners—
Broken   line   	
Defective     	
Defective   equipment
Explosion   	
Sparks from
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Short circuit  J	
Smokers' carelessness—■
In  bed   . .— 	
In the home  	
In unlisted locations
While  intoxicated 	
Sparks  from  bonfire  —
Sparks from bush fire
Sparks from mill burner 	
Spontaneous  ignition  	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Defective     	
Explosion
Insufficiently  protected
Sparks from  	
Unknown 	
1
29
32
38
4
1
169
..   211
.1,923
-     54
4
_     35
6
1
..     11
.. 155
.. 19
9
.. 108
.. 34
..   414
Exposure   — 	
Smokers' carelessness
Short circuit 	
Engine back-firing	
Gasoline-vapour  explosion
Short circuit ....	
Sparks from engine
Unknown 	
Friction in conveyer-belt
Unknown   _
Matches, carelessness with
Unknown 	
Unknown  .— . 	
Furnaces insufficiently protected
Short circuit —   	
Unknown  .	
Electrical appliances
Exposure   	
Incendiary   ——_
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Spontaneous ignition 	
Unknown 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Unknown   	
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected
Short circuit  .	
Unknown    . —
Chimney, sparks from
Gasoline torch 	
Spontaneous ignition —
Unknown  	
Hot grease, ignition of
Dust explosion	
Spontaneous ignition -
Unknown   	
Exposure
$300
56
10,388
54,939
10,710
126
60
116,477
72,355
300,874
6,754
15,250
12,517
10,444
9,024
9,060
47,868
43,715
19,838
182,440
51,306
985,465
$108
134
$2,727,347
$5,567
476
2,726
347
14,565
$2,533
150,773
$349
46,359
$15
82
4,379
$19,422
13,584
7,718
1,377
36,527
$1,679
150
$25
210,750
$114,168
42,760
$2,029
395
1,398
$307
242
700
23,681
153,306
46,708
350
4,476
110
78,628
1,829
9,531
32
6,144
210,775
156,928
579
3,822 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1958
K 17
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Fishing-boats
33
Foundries
Fruit-packing plants
Funeral chapels
Gaols 	
Garages, private
102
Garages, public
Gas-manufacturing plants
Gasoline-stations, service
Matches—
Carelessness   with  .
Children with 	
Sparks from bonfire
Engine back-firing  —
Gasoline-
Broken  line  — 	
Carelessness  with  	
On  exhaust-pipe  	
Vapour explosion 	
Matches, carelessness with
Oil-burners—
Defective    —.	
Defective equipment
Short circuit 	
Smoking in bed 	
Sparks from engine 	
Unknown  -	
Exposure   	
Furnace, sparks from
Friction in pulley —
Sparks from bonfire
Unknown 	
Smokers' carelessness
Incendiary  	
Unknown 	
Children playing with fire j	
Electrical appliances, improper use of equipment*.
Engine back-firing —	
Exposure   	
Fireworks   	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with .—
On exhaust-pipe 	
Hot ashes, coals, etc. _.
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of —
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Oil-burner explosion _ 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire   	
Spontaneous ignition  	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Defective	
Unknown    	
Defective battery connection 	
Gasoline, carelessness with 	
Incendiary   	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Oil-burner, defective
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Carelessness with -  —.
Defective  	
Sparks from 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
Gas explosion, natural   .	
Defective  wiring   	
Engine back-firing :	
Exposure ! !	
$10
109
25
$3,326
5,975
2,500
487
32,315
4,800
741
1,380
2,300
6,200
56
64,225
$50
120
$132
203
257
$10
1,500
$75
2,428
1,664
3,734
634
4,528
302
494
110
5,733
25
759
3,671
19,069
133,707
155
731
673
52
1,837
46,815
$12,560
10,567
315
2,208
9,146
8,871
227
105
433
159,393
118,769
$2,391
321
200
$451
124,305
170
592
11,721
1,510
227,196
322,594
47,040 K 18
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TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Grandstands
Greenhouses
Halls
20
Hospitals,   nursing-homes   and
institutions	
19
Hotels
128
House-boats
Launches 	
1
29
Gasoline—
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle
Vapour explosion	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Oil-burner, defective
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from grinder	
Stove, sparks from  	
Unknown	
Incendiary  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown  	
Boiler, defective	
Furnace, combustible materials too near
Oil-burning equipment, defective	
Electrical appliances	
Furnace insufficiently protected
Heat radiation 	
Hot ashes, coals, etc. _
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, carelessness
with  	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness
Stove-pipe, defective -
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances 	
Fireplace, sparks from
Fireworks   	
Incendiary
Matches, children with ~
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In unlisted locations	
Stove, combustible materials too near	
Unknown 	
Chimney, sparks from	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure 	
Fireplace, sparks from	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes-
Defective   	
Insufficiently protected  . 	
Gas, natural, improper installation of appliance
Heat radiation     	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary	
Lightning   _ 	
Oil-burners—
Defective equipment „
Explosion 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed     	
In the home	
In public premises 	
In unlisted locations 	
While intoxicated ._ 	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Unknown 	
Engine back-firing
$1,830
291
2,799
125
17,802
49
375
549
6,107
29,154
1
$510
1
20
2
62
1
$875
1
600
1
4,656
2
$63
1
25
1
200
1
206
1
1,095
1
1,355
1
667
1
2,985
4
151
1
400
6
20,406
3
$134
1
383
1
22
1
50
1
118
1
150
2
672
6
279
1
25
2
12,243
1
$18,781
3
657
2
10,159
1
135
1
62,700
1
662
1
125
1
113
1
232
5
147
1
41,250
2
372
1
216
7
48,996
59
6,539
1
18
1
20
27
72,425
3
404
1
131
1
100
7
18,290
$1,803
$61,993
592
6,131
27,553
14,076
282,472
300 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1958
K 19
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Laundries
Logging camps .
Machine-shops
Meat-packing plants .
Medical clinics	
Mines and mining properties —
Motor courts
Motor-vehicles (*1,111)—
Automobiles, passenger ..
19
64
851
Gasoline—
Carelessness with .
Vapour explosion
Incendiary
Oil-burners  defective
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from engine
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Electrical   appliances  ..
Friction in machinery
Unknown 	
Friction in machinery
Lightning
Oil-burning equipment, defective
Short circuit  	
Sparks from bonfire ...
Sparks from bush fire .
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances 	
Furnace insufficiently protected	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Carelessness with	
Sparks from 	
Unknown   	
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Candles and open flames	
Matches, children with	
Gasoline, carelesness with .
Oil-burner, defective  ._
Unknown   	
Chimney, defective ~
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Furnace, combustible materials too near	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion	
Gasoline stove	
Incendiary   	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of — —:	
Matches, carelessness with 	
Short circuit —   _ 	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In the home 	
In unlisted locations .	
Sparks from bonfire .
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Insufficiently protected 	
Unknown 	
Collision
Defective muffler 	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances
Engine back-firing	
Exposure  	
Fireworks   	
Friction—
In brake-drum 	
In tires 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of ,
Gasoline—
Broken line	
Carelessness with   	
$750
36,577
25
5,707
35
5,045
43
2,471
79,535
$1,467
317
445
$9,457
34,739
1,108
2,578
1,394
7,693
148,059
$896
219
10,100
299
28,014
3,045
$82
50
$150
96,351
8,586
$20
292
1,200
37
2,154
69
25
168
355
238
191
779
175
300
3,141
2,541
$3,708
175
1,314
2,410
19,547
6,797
33
1,641
1,381
6,360
2,030
2,229
$131,991
2,229
205,028
42,573
346
132
105,087
12,493 K 20
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TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Buses
Motor-cycles
Tractors
14
59
Trucks
185
Gasoline—Continued
On exhaust-pipe	
Vapour explosion  .
Heat radiation 	
Hot ashes 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches—■
Carelessness with  	
Children with 	
Motor-vehicle upset .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,
with  	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from mill burner 	
Unknown 	
carelessness
Engine back-firing
Short circuit 	
Collision  	
Engine back-firing ...
Gasoline—
Broken line	
Carelessness with
Short circuit 	
Unknown - 	
Electrical appliances
Engine back-firing ....
Exposure    	
Friction—
In brake-drum	
In pulley 	
In tires	
Gasoline—•
Broken line 	
Carelessness  with  .
On exhaust-pipe
Vapour  explosion	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches, children with .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, carelessness
with    	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from bush fire	
Unknown 	
15
13
6
1
1
13
1
3
4
7
2
218
306
4
1
119
Collision  —.	
Defective battery connection
Defective  wiring  	
Electrical appliances	
Electro-welding equipment,  sparks from
Engine back-firing  — 	
Exposure    	
Fireworks   	
Friction—
In brake-drum	
In tires   	
$12,811
4,250
3,785
250
50
11,421
25
2,647
286
5,936
131
61,775
27,562
1,338
600
36,421
$216,913
$20
80
$100
$700
1,150
445
655
385
515
$3,850
$59
27
6,355
526
2,000
980
117
8,981
1,050
4,700
800
7,882
325
1,042
26,198
127
167
30,928
$92,264
$500
35
6,463
153
174
5,830
9,290
25
4,726
852 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1958
K 21
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
3
_     28
8
3
Gasoline—
8
$6,856
11,250
15,702
1,280
3,500
194
450
883
525
450
34,539
118
69
5,637
35,404
2,116
857
88,932
7
■
On exhaust-pipe
Vapour   explosion
Heat radiation
Hot ashes, coals, etc.
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Matches—
8
1
1
2
3
       2
1
-
Children with
Motor-vehicle  upset
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
2
6
1
■
Defective
Sparks from                      ....
Short circuit    ■■   . _
Smokers' carelessness  ...   ..
Sparks from bonfire ~   -	
Unknown                                         .
1
4
51
16
7
34
1
:
$236,810
*$549,937
$5
335
2
Electrical appliances	
Exposure
2
3
340
Offices  	
$1,416
1,543
28
72
23
1,370
114
88
532
48,749
■
Oil-burner, defective                1
Short circuit               2
Smokers' carelessness        7
Unknown        7
53,935
$200
691
7,911
200
5,433
Friction in conveyer-belt  ,          1
Sparks from mill burner '        1
14,435
$116,178
27,505
17,308
1
1
160,991
1,692
29,176
$8,139
80
Roiler, defective
Smokers' carelessness  	
        1
2
_      2
...     19
1
2
2
8,219
$76
420
Short  circuit                                                                                         1
Defective brooder            3
496
Poultry-houses 	
$3,173
30
5
156
15
100
600
424
44,835
Oil-burner explosion                    1
Short circuit „       .       1
Sparks from bonfire               1
...         j '.
Unknown    „	
Short circuit                   	
49,338
1,000
161
Power-houses  ,. _	
$183
646
Electrical appliances     ..               1
Unknown    j                  1
J   1
829 K 22
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TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Pumps and pump-houses
Radio stations
Railroad rolling-stock
Railroad stations 	
Refineries, gasoline or oil
Restaurants
Rinks, ice-skating
Rooming-houses ...
43
Sawmills
110
Defective wiring
Lightning
Sparks from bonfire
Unknown	
Short circuit
Exposure  	
Incendiary
Kerosene used to kindle fire ..
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown ~
Gasoline—
Carelessness with 	
Vapour explosion 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Unknown   	
Chimney, defective 	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances .
Exposure  	
Fireworks 	
Furnace insufficiently protected
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion
Improper installation of appliance
Hot  ashes 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary 	
Lightning
Matches, children with	
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Defective  	
Insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Spontaneous ignition
Chimney—
Defective   	
Sparks from 	
Electrical appliances ..
Fireplaces—
Defective   _	
Sparks from 	
Furnace, sparks from _	
Gas, natural, explosion of „
Gasoline torch „ 	
Incendiary   	
Matches, carelessness with
Short circuit   _
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In the home  	
In unlisted locations	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown    -
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
22
22
26
1
Boilers or boiler-pipes defective or overheated        5
Defective battery connection  .	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances   —
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from
Friction—
In machinery   	
In pulley
Furnace, sparks from
Gasoline—
Carelessness with	
Vapour explosion 	
$823
900
520
657
$79
5,114
3,187
96
$93,621
3,400
1,000
1,044
$510
147
2,344
13,735
200
65
2,461
38,628
50
7,431
4,923
15
400
5,577
459
81
2,098
21,795
72,779
$697
146
55
500
15
3,506
219
60
25
11
15
1,217
20,441
1,860
12,713
16,562
$4,718
60,000
6,863
8,354
37,307
2,033
3,960
50
8,500
10,462
$2,900
442
8,476
1,000
99,065
173,698
69
58,042 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1958
K 23
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Schools
37
Sheds
153
Sheet-metal works
Shingle-mills	
Incendiary —   —
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Kerosene stove 	
Lightning
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from bush fire .	
Sparks from engine 	
Sparks from locomotive -
Sparks from mill burner
Stove, sparks from 	
Unknown  	
Chimneys—
Defective   	
Sparks from 	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances 	
Fireplace, sparks from	
Furnace insufficiently protected	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of .
Gasoline carelessness 	
Incendiary
Matches, children with
Molten metal 	
Oil-burning equipment, defective
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness
Spontaneous ignition ..
Stove, sparks from	
Unknown	
Candles and open flames
Chimneys—
Defective 	
Sparks from 	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure 	
Fireworks   . -	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with —
Vapour explosion _
Heat radiation	
Hot ashes, coals, etc.
Incendiary
Matches, children with	
Oil-burning equipment, defective 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness .
Sparks from bonfire —
Sparks from bush fire
Spontaneous  ignition
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Defective — 	
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from 	
Unknown  	
Exposure  	
Oil-burners—
Defective  ._
Defective equipment
Unknown  	
Chimney, sparks from
Gasoline torch 	
Incendiary 	
1
1
1
1
5
4
4
2
1
1
28
1
42
$4,250
13,000
29,800
850
357,858
58,527
44,043
16,886
28,432
11,000
513,649
87,296
1,232,843
$2,540,681
$247
6,808
1,238
994
9
2,738
100,906
40,000
1,588
2,210
25
8,577
85,088
20,306
2,945
136
334,638
$176
25
203
700
590
671
177
2,700
8,675
1,981
736
1,725
4,440
2,473
400
225
5,702
19,833
300
414
2,430
1,043
348
1,700
265,903
$438
112
40
34,832
$300
411
16,155
608,453
323,570
35,422 K 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Ships
Shipyards
Ski lifts _.
Smelting plants
Smoke-houses
Steam baths	
Steel-fabricating plants
Stores  	
Stores and apartments .
207
38
Sparks from mill burner
Unknown   	
Incendiary
Unknown .
Short circuit
Lightning
Chimney, defective 	
Dust explosion 	
Electrical appliances 	
Friction in conveyer-belt 	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Defective   	
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from
Gasoline stoves, lamps, torches  !	
Molten metal   	
Oil-burning equipment, defective  	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Unknown    1	
Hot grease 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Smokers' carelessness 	
Exposure   	
Matches, children with 	
Short circuit 	
Unknown     _.
Chimneys~-
Defective or overheated 	
Sparks from 	
Defective wiring  — 	
Electrical appliances  —	
Exposure     -  :.	
Fireworks  	
Gasoline-torch  	
Heat radiation 	
Hot ashes   	
Hot grease, ignition of —	
Incendiary  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Matches—
Carelessness with  	
Children with _   -
Oil-burners—
Defective 	
Explosion  i	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Carelessness with  —	
Sparks from   _ 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers'  carelessness  _ 	
Sparks from bonfire  	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near ...	
Insufficiently protected 	
Sparks from   	
Unknown     	
Chimneys—
Defect ve or overheated	
Sparks from 	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure    	
Fireworks	
Hot ashes  	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary L „_.	
17
$50
4,494
$650
200
$50
125
1,410
75
20
220
20
20
485
30
190
1,040
150
25,305
$636
135
$470
1,187
13,849
12,076
$2,495
17
95
73,303
73,694
174
25
248
25
10,370
13,985
1,357
12
3,994
2,140
4,407
45,311
2,125
90,323
7,604
2,479
96
42,325
1,052
465,140
$733
22
2,209
415
6
169
59
12,621
$21,410
850
934
1,137
29,140
771
900
27,582
842,796 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL, 1958
K 25
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Stores and dwellings
40
Stores and offices
17
Stores and rooms
30
Tar-pots
Tents 	
Theatres
Trailers and semi-trailers
14
Matches, children with .
Oil-burners—
Defective 	
Explosion .
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
Chimney, sparks from .
Defective wiring .
Electrical appliances  	
Exposure
Furnace insufficiently protected
Gasoline-torch   	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Kerosene stove 	
Matches, children with
Oil-burners—
Defective  	
Defective equipment
Explosion
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from 	
Unknown 	
Exposure     	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of equipment
Oil-burning equipment, defective  !	
Short circuit     ._	
Smokers' carelessness     	
Stove, combustible materials too near 	
Unknown 	
Chimney, sparks from .
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances ...
Exposure
Heat radiation 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary 	
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Oil-burners—
Defective  	
Defective equipment
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown   	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of .
Hot tar, ignition of	
Lightning  _ 	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown  	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
Engine back-firing 	
Exposure 	
Gasoline, broken line ...
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of 	
Motor-vehicle upset   _
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,
with   _   	
Short circuit    _ 	
Unknown    	
carelessness
2
2
$15
125
473
4,671
19,753
$63
14,838
40,216
13,919
113
143
2,500
50
10
388
1,450
8
918
11,355
35
9,000
123,786
$31,024
1,789
137
274
4,862
231
45,764
$53
14,882
168
8,143
731
55
19,747
42
14
19,847
30
135
2,704
2,727
$749
2,827
$4,553
15
600
$70,579
871
$2,550
650
1,304
74
3,845
2,654
11,500
2,500
1,000
9,605
$41,271
218,792
84,081
69,278
3,576
5,168
71,450
35,682 K 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Trailers, house
Trestles —
Tug-boats
Warehouses
Water-tanks 	
Welding-machines
Welding-shops
Wharves  	
Woodworking plants .
Workshops
51
49
Totals .
..8,063
Causes
Chimney, defective —
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances
Friction in tires	
Gas, liquefied petroleum-
Explosion 	
Improper use of	
Gasoline, broken line 	
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with   	
Oil-burners—
Defective   	
Defective equipment
Explosion   	
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently protected  	
Unknown   	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches, carelessness with	
Short circuit     	
Unknown 	
Boilers and pipes, defective   	
Chimneys—
Defective    	
Sparks from 	
Electrical appliances  	
Exposure     	
Fireworks   	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Defective    	
Sparks from   	
Gasoline, broken line 	
Hot ashes     	
Incendiary   	
Matches, children with   	
Molten metal      	
Oil-burners—
Defective 	
Defective equipment 	
Explosion — 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from..
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness  ,	
Stoves, combustible materials too near  	
LTnknown    	
Unknown — 	
Engine back-firing 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from..
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from..
Incendiary — 	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Chimney, sparks from  _  .	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from..
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Defective  	
Sparks from  	
Unknown     	
..8,063
Amount of Loss
$2,200
5,685
54
4,200
50
2,050
600
25
100
6,804
185
60
4,478
6,057
87
6,363
43,369
$5,000
10,200
10,000
26,860
30,000
$1,032
1,925
46
1,566
4,938
949
24,614
843
8,375
902
53,169
443
3,500
3,174
4,098
252
215
3,074
16,749
550
316,925
$257
333
$200
8,235
$36
415
425
1,034
1,000
$82,367
937
82,060
447,339
228
590
903
1,500
8,435
2,910
$12,702,394 REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1958
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Occupancy
Number
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Cause of Fire
Loss of Life
Men
Women
Children
Total
2
1
28
2
2
3
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
3
2
2
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1
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
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1
1
2
3
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1
1
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1
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3
1
5
12
_..
1
1
1
1
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1
1
Dwellings	
1
Furnace, combustible materials too near (1).
Gasoline (2)—
2
1
Stove (1)	
1
Kerosene (3)—
2
Stove (1)	
1
3
Short circuit (1) 	
Smokers' carelessness (11)—
Smoking in bed (4)  	
2
4
1
4
In unlisted locations (2)—	
Stove insufficiently protected (2)- 	
2
2
10
Hospitals-           .
Hotels               	
Gasoline carelessness (1)  	
Stove, combustible materials too near (1)
Smokers' carelessness (2)—
12
1
1
In unlisted locations (1) 	
Sparks from bonfire (3) — —
3
3
1
Refineries, gasoline	
Gasoline carelessness (1)—	
1
1
Incendiary (1)  	
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Furnace insufficiently protected (1)	
Unknown (1) 	
1
Shingle-mills 	
1
1
1
Yards...    . —	
1
Totals, 1958	
46
28
45
38
26
29
24
27
19
28
24
14
12
16
11
13
13
6
12
13
6
25
41
31
28
30
19
17
18
19
15
67
Totals, 1957 	
98
Totals, 1956	
85
Totals, 1955—
65
Totals, 1954	
72
Totals, 1953	
56
Totals, 1952    	
50
Totals, 1951—   	
49
Totals, 1950	
60
Totals, 1949. 	
45
288
116
243
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REPORT OF FIRE MARSHAL,  1958
TABLE VIII.—TWENTY-YEAR FIRE-LOSS GRAPH
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Annual Dollar Loss (millions)
Fire Fatalities (tens)
 Average Dollar Loss per Fire (hundreds)
  Number of Fires  (thousands)
Printed by Don McDiaemid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1959
660-1159-1048   

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