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 THE FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
THIRTY-NINTH
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS, 1960
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1961
  To Major-General the Honourable George Randolph Pearkes,
V.C., P.C., C.B., D.S.O., M.C.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Thirty-ninth Annual Report of
the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1960.
Victoria, B.C., March 31st, 1961.
ROBERT W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
 TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
Report of Fire Marshal     5
Table I.—Fire Investigations Made by the Office of the Fire Marshal     7
Table II.—Inspections Made and Orders Issued by Local Assistants to the Fire
Marshal     8
Table III.—Fires Reported  10
Construction of Buildings Burned  12
Table IV.—Causes of Fires .  12
Table V.—Classification of Property Burned and Causes  14
Table VI.—Summary  29
Table VII.—Ten-year Comparative Statement of Fire Losses  30
Table VIII.—Loss of Life, 1951-60  31
Table IX.—Twenty-year Fire Loss (Graph)  32
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31st, 1961.
The Honourable Robert W. Bonner, Q.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I beg to submit herewith the Thirty-ninth Annual Report of the Fire
Marshal for the year ended December 31st, 1960. I again regret to report an
increase in the fire loss for the Province. The loss for the year amounted to
$18,290,383, an increase of $3,430,831 over the previous year, notwithstanding
the fact that there was a decrease of 446 in the number of fires. Several major
fires of over $250,000 have been responsible for the increased financial loss. The
British Columbia Forest Products fire in Vancouver caused a loss of over $2,500,000,
and there were fifty-eight fires with losses over $50,000 each, making a total of
$10,121,676.
It is a source of satisfaction to report a reduction in deaths due to fire. Fire
took the lives of thirty-eight men, fourteen women, and nineteen children, a total of
seventy-one and a decrease of fifteen from the previous year. Again smokers' carelessness continues to be our leading cause of fire. It was responsible for a total of
2,777 fires and twelve deaths by fire, while carelessness with inflammable liquids
accounted for sixty-four fires and thirteen deaths.
During the year we assisted in organizing and training several Indian bands
located in the northern part of the Province. We feel that this may result in a reduction of the life loss in these areas.
We continue to organize and, as far as possible, conduct courses in fire-
prevention education throughout the Province. It will be noted that in 1960 the
number of fire inspections increased and the number of orders under the Fire Marshal Act decreased. This is a very desirable trend. Staff Inspectors continue to
assist Local Assistant Fire Marshals in their inspection work and were responsible
for 594 inspections. Inspections made by the Local Assistant Fire Marshals, as
shown in Table II, were 95,259 for the year. Three courses of instruction for
Local Assistant Fire Marshals were held at Vancouver, and sixty-two received
training.
The increased use of radioactive materials requires that this office advise the
local authorities as to date of arrival of material, route to be taken, final location,
and steps to be taken in the event of fire.
Our regulations governing the approval, sale, installation, and maintenance of
oil-burners were amended during the year.
Table I shows that 336 fire investigations were made by members of the staff
throughout the year.   These investigations resulted in fifty-eight charges involving
forty-eight persons, with thirty-seven convictions, four acquittals, two pending, and ,
five mentally unfit.   It will be noted that there were more juveniles involved this
year, which is in keeping with the national trend.
During the year there were twenty-seven prosecutions under the Fire Marshal
Act and regulations, with twenty-seven convictions. Sixteen appeals from orders
issued by the Local Assistant Fire Marshals were heard and decisions given. There
were no petitions to the Courts from the decisions of the Fire Marshal.
 D 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA
The office responded to several emergency calls for assistance, chief of which
was the Port Alice oil-storage fire, where a staff Inspector responded by aircraft.
He directed local firemen and was successful in extinguishing the fire within seven
hours of his arrival.
Our travelling fire department instructional units gave instruction to 114 fire
departments, with a total of 1,944 firemen receiving training.
During the year thirteen projectionists' examinations were held under the
Theatre Regulations. Our Inspectors checked and approved 431 plans for new
construction. These plans included bulk-storage plants for inflammable liquids,
liquid-petroleum and natural-gas plants, hospitals, theatres, assembly-halls, and
many other types of public buildings.
I am pleased to report that the membership of the British Columbia Chapter
of the Institution of Fire Engineers of Great Britain now stands at ninety-five, more
than twice the number registered in 1959. This organization is the only professional one in the field in Canada, and examinations are held each February at the
University of British Columbia.
The Fire Marshal and staff attended numerous meetings during the year in
connection with fire prevention and protection. Some of the committees involved
were the Greater Vancouver Fire Protection Association, the National Research
Council, the British Columbia Safety Council, the Fire Advisory Council, the Emergency Measures Organization, Ottawa, and many others. We continue to test fire
apparatus for the various municipalities, assist in the enactment of local fire-
prevention by-laws, and provide engineering advice covering the entire field of fire
protection.
During the year we have worked very closely with the Canadian Army, the
Emergency Measures Organization, and the Provincial Civil Defence Co-ordinator
in all phases of fire protection.
May I take this opportunity to thank 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. I would also like to include the members of the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the Province, Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal, and insurance companies and their adjusters.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
BASIL NIXON,
Fire Marshal.
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
D 7
TABLE I.—FIRE INVESTIGATIONS MADE BY THE OFFICE
OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Origin of fires-
Unknown
Number of Fires Investigated
61
Accidental or negligent  171
Incendiary   104
Total
Setting fire to other substances-
Mischief 	
Other crimes	
Mental Hospitals Act
Totals 	
Adults
Juveniles
16
11
4
7
.    4
2
.    6
3
5
35
Grand total, 58.
Number of Persons Charged
Adults
Convicted  19
Acquitted  4
Pending  2
Committed to mental hospital  5
Totals   30
Grand total, 48.
23
Juveniles
18
18
 D 8
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TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHALS
City Municipalities (32)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
71
181
71
612
1,508
52
15
96
6
905
367
34
1,235
420
1
3
1
__
~2
3
4,363
2,995
199
224
25
806
182
280
2,555
41,748
164
14,778
51
2
4
Courtenay    	
3
2
Fernie     _
Revelstoke  	
Rossland. _	
Trail  	
Kamloops	
Kelowna 	
Kimberley   	
Vancouver 	
Vernon	
Victoria -	
White Rock    .
39
1
6
Totals 	
Nelson	
73,943
68
District Municipalities (31)
6,991
12
716
13
937
244
~169
108
3
190
1
"Ti
~1
2
North Vancouver.	
Oak Bay ~	
1,125
2,604
137
400
1,303
47
158
146
6
Peachland -.	
30
Kent
Sumas	
5
Totals
15,903
56
Town Municipalities (3)
Fort St. John	
Mission City	
Quesnel	
Totals-
39
128
167
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
D 9
TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHALS—Continued
-
Village Municipalities (57)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
363
26
71
42
57
13
84
33
208
7
9
1
1
1
67
13
137
114
72
17
3
13
1
32
45
Alert Bay  	
1
1
1
2
Pemberton  _	
2
Sechelt  .-	
Sidney	
Ladysmith —.   	
Tofino ;	
Warfield 	
Marysville _	
Totals
1,411
26
Local Districts (2)
Cache Creek..
Guisachan	
Fire Districts (19)
Cariboo, County of.	
Colwood .	
District Lot 172..
loco—	
Kelowna ....	
Kootenay, County of..
Langford-
Nanaimo, County of..
Ocean Falls	
Prince George 	
33
38
49
1,193
Prince Rupert, County of..
Sooke 	
University Area 	
Vancouver, County of~
Vernon	
Victoria, County of._
View Royal-
Westminster, County of..
Yale, County of	
Totals_
2,140
231
128
3,835
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
I960..
1959..
1958..
1957-
1956-
1955-
1954...
1953...
1952-
1951-
Inspections
._ 95,259
.... 91,330
— 91,959
— 86,684
.... 80,145
.._ 78,523
.... 78,284
— 78,885
— 80,573
.... 82,321
Orders
154
498
647
975
875
825
801
562
345
644
 D 10
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TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (32)
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
22
9
46
21
22
54
23
7
8
4
52
80
28
5
114
37
$20,974
49,486
20,665
5,149
5,625
312,960
78,669
217
120
92
53
21
11
69
44
25
18
65
2,080
34
422
20
$589,252
47,759
224,012
22,582
10,736
14,610
Prince George 	
55,922
97,116
Fernie  	
8,484
6,683
8,186
18,283
38,367
3,793
5,383
82,928
17,177
Revelstoke  _.
9,462
10,219
Greenwood- 	
Trail	
Vancouver. 	
Vernon  	
12,347
5,751,483
61,623
478,243
White Rock.	
Totals	
109,423
3,823
$8,177,601
District Municipalities (31)
Burnaby	
Central Saanich..
Chilliwhack	
Coldstream	
Coquitlam	
Delta	
Esquimalt	
Fraser Mills..
Glenmore	
Kent 	
Kitimat _
Langley	
Maple Ridge..
Matsqui	
Mission	
North Cowichan..
416
18
52
10
85
67
54
1
11
8
29
36
56
32
24
41
$456,173
14,349
57,390
116,572
79,003
51,291
8,139
21
187,814
18,262
17,092
167,163
153,249
62,494
82,935
75,138
North Vancouver-
Oak Bay	
Peachland	
Pitt Meadows..
Powell River	
Richmond	
Saanich	
Salmon Arm —
Spallumcheen..
Sumas	
Summerland-
Surrey	
Tadanac	
Terrace	
West Vancouver-
Totals..
195
$163,898
133
18,288
6
1,209
4
52,527
44
34,920
180
545,291
263
55,809
14
10,265
3
4,999
11
9,585
19
300,476
291
394,621
32
21,959
31
18,208
158
140,429
2,324
$3,319,569
Town Municipalities (3)
Fort St. John .
Mission City-
Quesnel	
Totals..
$14,713
67,583
42,251
$124,547
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Village Municipalities (57)
D 11
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
14
4
3
8
29
8
2
10
2
8
4
4
1
1
8
2
2
2
5
12
5
3
3
2
2
1
$36,481
6,375
155
6,145
30,113
2,057
571
5,146
330
22,413
9
3
2
28
10
11
8
1
1
5
2
2
7
1
6
1
15
7
1
2
4
1
1
3
9
14
2
$9,259
161
2,329
North Kamloops 	
17,007
31,733
2,557
5,815
3,718
7,060
11,977
240
239
10,994
550
835
133
281
Sechelt
22
Harrison Hot Springs	
5,899
18
1,514
419
900
Smithers. 	
36,548
792
80
446
122
746
52,229
28,841
829
1,184
82
100
Taylor                   ~.
834
14,322
Tofino
78
Ucluelet    	
10
1,797
Warfield
1,621
6,495
12,180
Totals    	
301
$382,782
Local Districts (2 )
	
Fire Districts (19)
306
13
3
1
30
138
28
243
8
"~13
$3,033,454
5,834
57
32
13,199
754,376
50,145
609,544
22,273
21
73
62
15
51
258
Colwood 	
District Lot 172 	
University Area   	
Vancouver, County of  -
$6,127
228,874
loco	
304,909
766
View Royal 	
107,469
898,466
Totals 	
Grand totals 	
1,323
$6,285,884
Prince Rupert, County of	
250,359
7,822
$18,290,383
 D 12
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TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Construction of Buildings Burned
Fire-resistive-
City municipalities-
District municipalities-
Town municipalities	
Village municipalities -
Local districts	
Fire districts	
Number
20
25
Brick, concrete, or heavy timber-
City municipalities	
District municipalities	
Town municipalities...	
; Village municipalities 	
Local districts—  	
Fire districts.. 	
Wood frame—
City municipalities -	
District municipalities. 	
Town municipalities .
Village municipalities.
Local districts	
232
42
3
5
16
3,001
1,926
44
259
Fire districts... ..        974
Metal or corrugated iron—
City municipalities	
District municipalities
Town municipalities
Village municipalities .
Local districts	
Fire districts	
570
331
4
37
Totals-
330
7,822
Amount of Loss
$15,776
17,720
3,103
2,131,299
280,496
50,066
13,754
43,788
5,925,502
2,866,729
73,354
357,583
5,222,264
105,024
154,624
1,127
11,445
1,016,729
$18,290,383
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES
Causes of Fires
Amount of
Loss
Aeroplane crash-
Boilers or boiler-pipes defective or overheated-
Candles and open flames  	
Children playing with flre 	
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated  	
Sparks from   	
Collision	
Defective battery connection-
Defective brooder.  _
Defective oven	
Defective wiring 	
Dust explosion .
Electrical appliances and equipment (improper use of appliance or defective
equipment)	
Electrical wiring overloaded...
Electro-welding equiment, sparks from..
Engine back-firing—	
Exposure-
Fireplaces—
Defective	
Sparks from~
Fireworks	
Friction—
In brake-drum..
In conveyor-belt..
In machinery-	
In tires	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near-
Defective— _ 	
Insufficiently protected ..
Sparks from	
$160,970
101,537
$11,457
21,372
$20,984
1,000
18,818
2,363
$52,739
42,221
66,986
14,818
$952
76,579
13,147
3,281
262,507
241,196
8,645
7,513
903
141,951
1,500
194,209
8,446
3,253
49,818
428,574
32,829
4,924
43,165
176,764
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1960
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
D 13
Causes of Fires
Total
Number
Amount of
Loss
Gas, liquefied petroleum-
Explosion-
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment-
8
2
14
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	
57
48
56
4
38
5
4
53
Heat radiation	
Hot ashes, coals, etc	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of-
Incendiary..
Inflammable vapours, ignition of~
Kerosene—
Carelessness with	
Stoves, lamps, torches..
Used to kindle fire	
Lightning.
Matches—
Carelessness with„
Children with	
61
235
Molten metal 	
Motor-vehicle upset-
Oil-burners—
Broken fine	
Defective	
Defective equipment-
Explosion 	
Sparks from... 	
2
79
39
48
2
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, etc-
Defective.   	
Improper use of~
Sparks from. —
2
2
42
Short circuit.	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed	
In the home ... 	
In public premises—
In unlisted locations-
While intoxicated	
273
1,901
1
598
4
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from bush fire	
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from forge	
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 .	
Sulphur, ignition of„
Thawing pipes	
Unknown	
24
17
265
24
56
343
104
24
13
15
296
12
20
170
46
609
2,777
115
7
5
2
1
1
23
35
2
226
16
12
123
32
Totals..
409
1
3
851
7,822
$41,132
500
25,753
$66,873
3,685
16,131
$221,526
76,337
76,945
4,554
37,713
537
174,526
141,921
$5,683
7,872
1,500
$128,970
143,469
$394
129,296
49,402
48,775
12,585
$168,458
1,720
3,241,057
$76,320
307,118
4,505
684,239
4,735
$101,595
37,265
18,896
154,290
33,199
$67,385
86,689
734,059
3,876
23,891
144,294
304,099
61,613
15,055
84,463
272,439
31,286
46,739
240,452
3,411,235
617,752
1,076,917
126,241
192,320
34,645
1,965
601
1,200
372,558
310,777
22,383
345,245
11,767
8,957
7,939,324
$18,290,383
 D 14 BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
1
333
4
1
6
3
8
1
44
1
2
5
7
19
10
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
16
3
3
1
2
6
1
4
2
1
12
28
125
35
1
1
9
1
25
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
2
$675
821
425
3,583
14,782
618
20
9
55
2,500
46
585
130
184
450
1,163
6,006
2,825
1,552
128
71
5,421
40
754
1,201
1,640
9,975
15,006
28,922
9,377
1,500
70
3,478
25
105,299
$952
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated „ —	
Sparks from . _	
Electrical appliances  -	
Exposure      - _ 	
Fireworks   — 	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
..
Gas,   liquefied  petroleum,  improper  use  of  or
defective equipment —  	
Gas, natural—
Gasoline—
Stove 	
'
Used in cleaning 	
Vapour explosion  	
Hot grease, ignition of —  	
Incendiary       „ -  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of 	
Lightning  	
Matches—
Oil-burners—
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, improper
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness—
In the home  - 	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near     	
Unknown     —	
219,336
$96,560
413,879
Unknown    .
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment
Defective oven  -	
Electrical appliances — 	
510,439
1,556
Asphalt plants and tanks -	
Bakeries	
$142
225
162
37
257
26,725
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible material too near	
Defective —  —
Unknown — -
27,548
$646
314
115
Furnace, defective   — —	
Unknown  	
1,075
Barber-shops   and   beauty-
parlours 	
$62
5,000
2,214
91
414
Exposure   	
Smokers' carelessness .-   „ 	
Stove, combustible material too near	
Unknown  	
Engine back-firing    	
7,781
6,728
Barges and scows	
$2,050
8,633
Electrical appliances	
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
D 15
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Bath-houses  	
Blacksmith-shops
Boarding-houses _
Boat-building works
Boat-houses
—       2
Bottling-works
Bowling-alleys
Bridges	
Buildings under construction     10
Bunk-houses      10
Cement plants —
Chemical plants .
Churches and church properties  _      20
Club-houses
etc.)	
(golf,    yacht,
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Heat radiation 	
Incendiary
Matches, children with
Smokers' carelessness ...
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from bush fire ...
Spontaneous ignition .
Stove insufficiently protected .
Unknown    	
Unknown _	
Sparks from forge
Defective wiring
Match carelessness	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed	
In the home .—	
Exposure 	
Matches, children with
Unknown	
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Smokers' carelessness 	
Exposure	
Smokers' carelessness	
Smokers' carelessness .	
Sparks from locomotive .
Unknown  	
Fireplace, sparks from ...
Gasoline—
Carelessness with	
Stoves, lamps, torches .
Oil-burner defective	
Oxy-gas  welding or cutting  equipment,   sparks
from    	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove, combustible material too near 	
Chimney, sparks from	
Exposure   — 	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible material too near .
Insufficiently protected	
Unknown 	
Molten metal 	
Friction in machinery  	
Short circuit 	
Unknown _	
Fireplace, sparks from	
Furnace, combustible material too near.
Incendiary .
Matches, children with
Oil-burner explosion 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness ...
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected .
Unknown 	
Furnace insufficiently protected .
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown	
$58
700
12,637
13,868
5,310
2,418
17,136
31,170
50
136,724
$1,549
239
18
2,532
$1,154
958
1,964
$732
258
$200
1,200
7,929
$75
164
227
1,856
472
1,305
1,490
$3,789
13,000
579
1,498
1,012
82,616
$20
105
16,504
$17
1,044
657
217
254
275
607
1,600
255,382
$18,346
64
161
$230,754
2,039
1,965
4,338
4,076
990
8,303
66,232
9,329
5,589
102,494
35
16,629
260,053
18,571
 D 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Clubs
20
Coal and lumber yards .
Cold-storage plants .
Cook-houses .
Cranes 	
Dairies	
Dry-cleaning plants.
Dwellings .
..4,644
Exposure  	
Fireplace, sparks from .
Gas, natural, explosion
Incendiary .
Matches, children with .
Oil-burners;—
Defective  _	
Defective equipment .
Explosion
Smokers' carelessness	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown _  	
Exposure  -	
Hot ashes  	
Incendiary 	
Matches, children with
Sparks from bonfire	
Unknown _ 	
Gas,  liquefied  petroleum,
defective equipment	
Incendiary
improper  use  of  or
Oil-burning equipment defective
Unknown    -
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Improper installation of appliance .
Unknown   _ 	
Short circuit  	
Sparks from bonfire ....
Short circuit —	
Sparks from bonfire ...
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness
Spontaneous ignition
Unknown  	
Candles and open flames ...
Children playing with fire .
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated .
Sparks from	
Defective oven  	
Defective wiring .
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Engine back-firing 	
Exposure  	
Fireplaces—
Defective - 	
Sparks from	
Fireworks 	
Friction in machinery	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near.
Defective    	
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion .
Improper use of or defective equipment.
Gas, natural—
Explosion _ _ - _.
Improper installation of appliance - 	
Improper use of or defective equipment.
Gasoline—
Broken line	
Carelessness with .
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
67
14
159
66
1
18
306
5
1
71
16
200
15
1
17
30
15
10
3
4
3
3
2
2
18
$27,731
27
66,225
435
113
1,017
1,019
218
390
21,183
15,000
$1,374
25
26,569
250
2,202
1,031
$14,227
14,114
306
180,789
$100
3,000
$1,200
20
$43
138
$229
36
142,461
3,500
$9,924
1,254
146,111
93,465
761
63,355
57,650
8,121
1,231
145,387
11,457
20,535
1,693
111
14,021
28,643
43,035
14,326
14,718
5,391
602
2,784
278
137
24,007
$133,358
31,451
209,436
3,100
1,220
181
146,226
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
D 17
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Electrical manufacturing
plants.
Electrical substations	
Electric-light plants .
Elevators (grain) 	
Engines 	
Factories (candy) 	
Factories (cement block) _
Factories (food products)
Factories (furniture)
Gasoline—Continued
Stoves, lamps, torches
Used in cleaning 	
Used to kindle fire	
Vapour explosion	
Heat radiation 	
Hot ashes, coals, etc.	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of -
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of.
Kerosene—
Carelessness with	
Stoves, lamps, torches	
Used to kindle fire	
Lightning  	
Matches—
Carelessness with	
Children with	
Molten metal	
Oil-burners—
Broken line —	
Defective  	
Defective equipment .
Explosion  	
Sparks from ,
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of	
Sparks from 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness-
In bed   	
In the home	
In unlisted locations .
While intoxicated	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from bush fire ...
Spontaneous ignition
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected .
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near ..
Defective  	
Explosion
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from   	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown —	
„     24
2
3
5
..     15
..     35
_  267
„     35
11
4
5
3
..     10
..     41
..   148
4
1
51
..     23
..     35
1
1
2
..   197
.. 151
..1,737
..     43
2
..     45
1
..     13
1
.. 184
11
9
.. 95
„     29
3
..   350
Smokers' carelessness .
Gasoline carelessness .
Short circuit 	
Matches, children with .
Short circuit 	
Unknown 	
Spontaneous ignition
Engine back-firing 	
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with 	
On exhaust-pipe 	
Matches, children with .
Unknown 	
Unknown — 	
Electrical appliances ...
Hot oil, ignition of	
Chimney defective	
Electrical appliances —
Smokers' carelessness .
Unknown 	
$33,448
128
9,000
4,630
2,087
14,307
84,997
114,323
4,902
5,683
6,825
1,500
45,530
11,021
90,988
181
244
68,603
14,832
25,339
347
80
6,776
134,240
38,389
273,540
43,684
35
20,298
2,077
44,791
22,283
74,686
18,749
18,090
99,232
28,575
8,957
1,076,206
$3,158,600
$800
5,000
$6,789
3,537
6,249
$116
35
12
15
92
162,573
5,800
16,575
4,475
270
50
100
$111
60
$5,145
95
1,917
254,004
171
261,161
 D 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Factories (paint) 	
Factories (pipe-wrapping)
Factories (plastic products) .
Factories (sash and door) ...
Factories   (veneer  and  plywood)   	
Factories (wooden box)
Fences 	
Fish-curing plants .
Fishing-boats 	
Foundries
Fruit-packing plants .
Gaols	
Garages (private)
11
96
Short circuit _	
Gasoline torch —	
Hot oil, ignition of	
Electrical appliances -
Exposure   	
Sparks from engine —
Dust explosion 	
Electrical appliances	
Furnace, sparks from  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Unknown ._  	
Unknown .
Fireworks .
Open flame .
Sparks from bonfire
Unknown  	
Exposure  	
Engine back-firing
Gasoline—
On exhaust-pipe
Stove — 	
Vapour explosion „ 	
Hot oil, ignition of   —
Oil-burning equipment defective .
Short circuit  	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible material too near .
Insufficiently protected  	
Unknown    	
Chimney, sparks from
Exposure
Friction in machinery 	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Insufficiently protected 	
Sparks from  	
Molten metal  _.
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
from   	
Unknown .
Incendiary
Unknown ..
Electrical appliances .
Incendiary 	
Electrical appliances
Exposure 	
Fireworks   	
Gas, natural, defective equipment .
Gasoline—
Carelessness with - -
On exhaust-pipe 	
Vapour explosion  	
Hot ashes  — —
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches, children with
Oil-burning equipment defective
Open flame
Oxy-gas  welding or  cutting  equipment,  sparks
from        	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire —
$200
25
$41
46
$1,500
50
200
29,109
340
$45
25
32
105
$2,689
9,257
1,500
67,504
2,738
175
2,039
100
204
39,050
$101
700
201
1,240
127
30,381
917
281,870
$150
323,762
$150
250
$1,618
1,713
700
13,199
3,306
350
1,994
50
512
4,484
6,400
622
100
1,337
14,471
4,358
7,369
$170
225
2,728
87
31,199
7,711
207
199
125,256
315,537
323,912
400
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
D 19
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
22
1
16
2
3
17
10
112
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible material too near	
1
3
23
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
5
1
6
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
5
1
1
3
3
1
1
1
2
5
2
$2,931
223
19,190
Unknown	
$84,927
Garages (public)	
$35
65
800
80
2,417
165
453
80
30,395
479
32,551
Electrical appliances	
Gasoline—
Vapour explosion           	
Oxy-gas  welding or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
from -  -	
Short circuit  „ 	
Smokers' carelessness	
Unknown	
Unknown   	
67,520
830
Gas-manufacturing plants ....
Gasoline service-stations
$26,918
4,554
5
10,375
50
173
837
26,035
601
22
10,925
Gasoline—
Carelessness with  	
Incendiary   ,.,                    .           . .
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Matches, children with 	
Oil-burners—
Defective equipment -              	
Explosion   	
Sparks from grinder —-                	
Stove, combustible material too near  	
Incendiary 	
Matches, carelessness with 	
80,495
Gravel pits and plants
$74
1,100
Furnace defective 	
1,174
$250
422
1,200
Oil-burner defective	
Stove insufficiently protected 	
1,872
Halls 	
$50
256
10,593
28,893
100
5
20,240
5,707
Furnace, combustible material too near 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion	
Incendiary  	
Matches, children with      _.
Candle  carelessness  	
65,844
Hospitals,   institutions,   and
nursing homes    _„
$385
803
15
60
264
Smokers' carelessness—
Candles and open flames   -
1,527
Hotels 	
$1,928
20,673
2,312
386
25
35
279
11
94
3,050
249
1,215
. ■
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion 	
Gas, natural, improper installation of appliance
Hot grease  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of 	
Oil-burners—
Defective	
 D 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Kennels —
Launches
Laundries
Logging camps       19
Machine-shops
Meat-packing plants
Medical clinics	
Mines and mining properties
Motor courts
59
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed   	
In unlisted locations     -     30
Sparks from bonfire 	
Stove, combustible material too near . 	
Unknown   _	
Stove, sparks from 	
Defective battery connection 	
Electrical appliances	
Gasoline—
Carelessness  with 	
On exhaust-pipe  	
Vapour explosion 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Oli-burners—
Defective  	
Defective equipment .
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness ...
Unknown - 	
Electrical appliances -	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Matches, carelessness with
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
from  „  	
Short circuit     —	
Unknown   _	
Chimney, sparks from
Friction—
In brake-drum 	
In machinery 	
Oil-burner explosion ....
Short circuit —- 	
Sparks from bonfire
Unknown  	
Exposure  	
Unknown 	
Hot ashes 	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown  	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Sparks from    	
Spontaneous ignition   	
Unknown   	
Chimney defective
Defective wiring
Electrical  appliances
Exposure
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near 	
Insufficiently protected   -
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gasoline lamp
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary 	
Lightning
Matches, children with ..
Oil-burner defective	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In unlisted locations
13
$2,674
13,761
14,998
35,000
876
581,258
$2,000
500
4,907
2,500
40,610
400
1,000
2,500
6,070
994
35,506
$3,722
225
46
917
4
53,086
$2,500
1,507
12,585
14,674
5,584
24,306
83,932
$6,354
2,568
$15
155
$73,563
49,426
1,150
$975
31,355
254
73
600
67
400
1,334
573
39
984
12,744
100
93
2,525
961
$678,824
51
96,987
58,000
1'5,0S8
8,922
936
170
124,139
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
D 21
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
I
903
3
6
79
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near 	
        5
3
$434
7,475
        1
3,950
Sulphur, ignition of  	
Unknown 	
        1
       6
8
11,767
12,683
Motor-vehicles (*1,195)—
Automobiles, passenger	
$4,113
Defective battery connection	
Defective wiring	
Electrical  appliances   —
2
2,007
      29
8
50
2,345
2,692
13,854
13
2,602
5
403
Friction—
16
18,210
       4
663
Gasoline—
Broken line	
Carelessness with	
On exhaust-pipe 	
         35
9,434
       7
    33
2
4,220
15,035
59
' Z
Vapour explosion 	
Heat radiation    	
        8
- -        7
1
5,413
438
97
16
3,219
6
1,800
Matches—
         4
1,865
3
257
Motor-vehicle upset      .
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,
       6
sparks
4
9,405
552
Short circuit   	
Smokers'  carelessness  	
Unknown .  , _
Exposure	
    250
 -   296
      90
37,540
33,946
26,826
        1
1
$196,995
Buses	
$98
500
1
282
1
$880
Motor-cycles   	
$75
Gasoline—
2
On exhaust-pipe   	
        1
125
1
126
Motor-cycle upset     	
Defective battery connection   	
        1
       2
6
250
Tractors (bulldozers, grad-
$891
$4,604
2,940
400
500
■
Exposure -—	
        1
1
,
Gasoline—
2
1
Carelessness with 	
On exhaust-pipe    	
        8
4
3
6,950
3,417
1,133
1,191
227
Hot oil, ignition of    	
       2
        1
Motor-vehicle upset —    	
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,
from  	
Short circuit   	
       4
sparks
       3
....   ....     14
12,682
4,396
3,910
1,701
9,386
1
■ f
Sparks from bonfire  -	
5
 D 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles—Continued
Trailers and semi-trailers.     18
Trucks
Mushroom-houses
Offices
186
39
Sparks from bush fire 	
Sparks from mill burner
Unknown  	
Collision   	
Electrical appliances .
Exposure  	
Friction—
In brake-drum 	
In tires 	
Gasoline—
Broken line — .„.
Carelessness with   	
On exhaust-pipe  	
Hot oil, ignition of 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Motor-vehicle upset 	
Short circuit  	
Unknown  	
Collision   ,	
Defective battery connection  	
Defective wiring      	
Electrical appliances	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from 	
Engine back-firing   	
Exposure     	
Friction in brake-drum   — 	
Gasoline—
Broken line     _	
Carelessness with -   	
On exhaust-pipe   —  	
Torch     	
Vapour explosion   	
Hot ashes  	
Hot oil, ignition of    	
Matches—
Carelessness with   __	
Children with     „
Motor-vehicle upset   	
Oxy-gas   welding  or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
from     	
Short circuit    	
Smokers'  c a relessness    	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Un known      	
Engine  back-firing   	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
D efective   	
Insufficiently protected	
Oil-burner defective  —	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances - — _ 	
Exposure .     	
Gas, natural, improper installation of appliance
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Incendiary   	
Match carelessness  	
Oil-burners—
Defective
Defective equipment
Explosion    	
Short circuit  -
$2,911
4,579
43,330
$104,434
1
$20,000
1
38
1
350
1
425
2
1,700
1
5,914
1
160
1
34,000
1
10,500
1
6,000
2
7,500
1
500
4
27,319
$114,406
5
$19,833
1
34
7
5,039
2
2,352
1
200
18
14,620
4
644
4
322
10
26,164
4
2,703
11
12,061
1
1,000
4
7,313
8
642
3
1,098
2
130
1
250
7
16,902
1
115
44
21,030
7
2,230
4
1,575
35
54,706
$190,963
1
$5,583
2
12,200
1
500
1
1,000
1
241
2
17,481
$5,865
4,391
305
256
8,149
1,062
1,379
3,789
3,031
162
*$608,569
37,005
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
D 23
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Oil-houses
Paper and pulp mills .
Peat plants
Piggeries  	
Post offices .
Poultry-houses	
Power-houses
Power-saws 	
Printing plants
Pumps and pump-houses .
Radio stations 	
Railroad rolling-stock
Railroad stations and properties 	
Refineries (gasoline or oil) _
Restaurants  	
22
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire .
Stove, combustible materials too near	
Unknown _ _  	
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting equipment,
from   	
Boiler defective  	
Friction—
In conveyer-belt  	
In machinery
sparks
Hot oil, ignition of 	
Lightning   - _	
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,
from   	
sparks
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown —  	
Spontaneous ignition
Unknown  	
Kerosene stove 	
Matches, children with .
Unknown   	
Smokers' carelessness .
Unknown 	
Defective brooder 	
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances 	
Lightning 	
Matches, children with
Oil-burner defective 	
Short circuit —- 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from bush fire
Spontaneous ignition „
Unknown   	
Gasoline-line broken .
Short circuit  	
Unknown	
Unknown —- -	
Molten metal  	
Oil-burner explosion
Stove defective 	
Unknown — —	
Electrical appliances .
Engine back-firing
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Short circuit   	
Unknown —	
Electrical appliances .
Collision  	
Gas,  liquefied  petroleum,
defective equipment	
Hot ashes  -	
Incendiary  	
Short circuit —	
improper  use  of  or
Sparks from bush fire .
Spontaneous ignition ...
Unknown	
Matches, children with .
Unknown 	
Chimney defective
Electrical appliances .
Exposure 	
$473
2,150
162
212
$950
1,000
150
150
1,021
369
100
30,483
$23,305
150,952
$1,047
100
50
$4,285
10,852
$7,513
500
1,876
40
267
2,089
8,250
1,200
700
6,000
16,781
$174,600
2,500
61,942
$439
171
4,843
20,745
$906
1,410
644
900
1,628
$197,250
145
1,647
3,920
500
164,707
100
19,297
$438
22,753
21,259
$31,386
$110,000
34,223
174,257
1,197
15,137
45,216
239,042
95
26,198
5,488
83
387,566
1,000
3,800
 D 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Rooming-houses
Sawmills .
Schools .
73
97
36
Gas, natural, improper installation of appliance.. 1
Hot grease, ignition of    - 10
Incendiary _   1
Short circuit      5
Smokers' carelessness    6
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible material too near   1
Defective      1
Insufficiently protected    2
Unknown -   „   4
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated
Sparks from  	
Exposure
Fireplace, sparks from 	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible material too near -
Sparks from   	
Incendiary   	
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Short circuit   —
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed  	
In the home —	
In unlisted locations  	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Explosion .    	
Sparks from _ 	
Unknown	
Boilers or boiler-pipes defective or overheated	
Electrical appliances   	
Engine back-firing   —-	
Exposure  	
Friction in machinery „   	
Furnace insufficiently protected —- -	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion _ —
Incendiary       	
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with  - 	
Oil-burners—
Defective equipment 	
Sparks from  _  	
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
from     	
Short circuit —   	
Smokers' carelessness   _ 	
Sparks from bonfire —  	
Sparks from engine — - 	
Sparks from mill burner  _
Spontaneous ignition .
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible material too near .
Insufficiently protected	
Unknown „   _	
Defective wiring _	
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Furnace insufficiently protected
Hot tar, ignition of 	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches—
Carelessness with —
Children with   —	
3
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
26
9
17
2
1
1
4
3
3
1
2
10
20
$762
13,586
3,000
3,641
2,578
40
255
545
73,586
$4,679
58
175
100
15,356
115
217
60
20
90
1,798
712
4,325
66
31
177
10,304
$75,629
8,968
572
1,606
721
2,373
15,200
13,550
97,652
200
10,710
12,238
2,988,797
149,730
250
100
1,932
312,714
1,000
5,769
10,000
1,461,821
$50
605
1,231
1,000
3,258
33,916
14
1,961
5
$142,443
38,283
5,171,532
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
D 25
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
146
2
4
1
      22
Oil-burners—
1
1
1
6
1
8
2
1
1
11
3
1
1
3
1
7
2
29
1
1
11
22
1
1
3
2
1
2
39
1
1
1
2
1
1
2
3
1
1
3
1
1
7
3
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
14
25
10
1
1
$1,819
200
500
4,933
60
52,079
Defective equipment    	
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,
from  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Spontaneous ignition	
Unknown	
sparks
$101,631
$1,127
75
425
3,985
1,115
3,769
1,516
4,497
7,515
16,209
50
15,208
50
5,775
4,446
9,809
4,789
405
2,645
1,392
750
1,483
77,286
.
Exposure	
Furnace, combustible material too near
Gasoline-vapour explosion ..	
Hot ashes, coals, etc  .	
Incendiary   — ..—... 	
Matches—
'.   ■;
Oxy-gas  welding or  cutting  equipment,
from     . j.	
sparks
Smokers' carelessness • „	
Stoves or stove-pipes—-
Combustible materials too near	
Explosion	
164,321
$1,208
12,190
Furnace, combustible material too near
13,398
Shingle-mills	
$17,684
55,265
30,000
Unknown	
Oxy-gas  welding or  cutting  equipment,
sparks
102,949
Shipyards 	
i    $500
325
50
400
210
150
100
1,305
7,889
1
1
Friction in machinery   	
Oxy-gas  welding or  cutting  equipment,
sparks
10,929
100
787
$3,053
30
Steel-fabricating plants
2
195
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from .
Oxy-gas  welding or  cutting  equipment,
sparks
3,083
$110
2,607
13,385
19,985
31,725
603
759
142
Chimneys defective or overheated	
Defective wiring 	
Exposure   r .   ...
Fireworks -       —  -■ .. 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion	
 D 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Stores and apartments.
46
Stores and dwellings
17
Stores and offices	
Stores and rooms .
14
14
Gasoline—
Carelessness with	
Stoves, lamps, torches .
Used to kindle fire	
Hot ashes  	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of.
Incendiary  _  	
Matches—
Carelessness with ...  _
Children with ...  	
Oil-burners—
Defective    .	
Defective equipment .
Explosion 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness ...
Spontaneous ignition .
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Defective   	
Unknown _	
Chimney defective
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or
defective equipment   	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment    .	
Gasoline torch   	
Hot ashes —   	
Hot grease, oil, ignition of.
Incendiary   	
Matches, children with 	
Oil-burners—
Defective 	
Defective equipment
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In the home 	
In unlisted locations .
Sparks from bonfire —
Unknown 	
Chimneys—
Defective  	
Sparks from	
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary  	
Oil-burner defective	
Smokers' carelessness ...
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible material too near .
Insufficiently protected 	
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances .
Hot grease, ignition of .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment defective.
Smokers' carelessness —
Unknown  _ 	
Chimney defective 	
Exposure  	
Incendiary   	
Matches, carelessness with .
Smokers' carelessness	
Unknown ~	
$2,110
83
165,526
10
8,260
8,717
13,686
460
13,990
436
50
28,881
42,132
75
630
11,208
102,096
$75
21,744
470
50
519
120
352
253
5
136
211
5,939
92,288
1,510
23
57,904
36
14,972
$44
24
18,621
13,500
97
1,693
28,559
1,050
186
6,856
12,608
$704
141
167,958
96,325
143,614
$40
585
45
27
379
19,521
$467,666
196,607
83,238
408,742
20,597
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
D 27
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
3
Gasoline-line broken   ....
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
4
1
2
6
2
3
1
1
4
1
3
9
1
1
1
1
1
4
5
1
1
2
1
1
2
4
1
2
2
3
16
1
1
1
1
$500
162
5
1
54
Gasoline stove, lamp   	
$662
Tents	
$373
45
65
164
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible material too near	
647
545
$1,100
35
2,746
5,726
345
200
550
1,373
75
651
101
170
5,440
6,300
2,300
8,702
54
168
3,200
10,000
7,588
1,953
1,935
61,433
1
8
Electrical appliances  	
Exposure  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment  	
Heat radiation	
Oil-burners—
Defective equipment  	
Explosion  —	
Smokers' carelessness—
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .—	
Unknown	
122,145
16,184
Trestles   	
$3,750
185
500
2,875
27,124
Gasoline—
41
2
On exhaust-pipe 	
Short circuit   	
Smoking in bed  	
34,434
Warehouses 	
$111,316
5,000
150
10,450
25,000
362
686
40,202
8,458
132
32,262
5,269
1,164,455
Gasoline used in cleaning	
Lightning   	
Oil-burners—
Defective   	
Explosion  	
Oxy-gas  welding or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
from	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Unknown	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment defective „
1,403,742
$500
950
2
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
from    	
1,450
$185
50
235
 D 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Wharves .
Exposure    	
Matches, children with .
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,
from   _.  	
Unknown 	
sparks
Woodworking plants .
Workshops  '..	
Unknown     _.
Children playing with fire .
Defective wiring .
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Oil-burning equipment defective _
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove, sparks from	
Unknown —	
$460
50
11,260
4,189
$900
1,550
7,125
1,500
1,200
251
500
55,803
$15,959
22,662
68,829
Totals .
..7,822
$18,290,383
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1960
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Fires
Cause of Fire
Loss of Life
Men
Women Children    Total
Apartments-
Dwellings .
Fishing-boats..
Hotels	
Logging camps	
Motor-vehicles (4)—
Automobiles, passenger
Trailers	
Trucks	
Outdoors  	
Rooming-houses 	
Stores 	
Stores and apartments	
Trailers (house)	
Warehouses 	
32
Totals, 1960	
Totals, 1959	
Totals, 1958	
Totals, 1957	
Totals, 1956.	
Totals, 1955	
Totals, 1954	
Totals, 1953	
Totals, 1952	
Totals, 1951	
Ten-year totals.—
56
63
46
67
Smokers' carelessness (3)—
In bed (2)..
While intoxicated (1)	
Stove, combustible material too near (1)
Unknown (1)  	
Electrical appliances (1)	
Gasoline (5)—
Stove (1)..
Used to kindle fire (4)..
Hot oil, ignition of (1)	
Kerosene (6)—
Carelessness with (2).—.
Lamp (1)-
Used to kindle fire (3)„.
Oil-burner defective (1)	
Smokers' carelessness (3)-
Inbed (1)	
In unlisted locations (1)..
While intoxicated (1)..
Spontaneous ignition (1) _
Stoves or stove-pipes (6)—
Combustible material too near (3)..
Insufficiently protected (3)	
Unknown (8)	
Gasoline-vapour explosion (1)	
Electrical appliances (1).. —
Smoking in bed	
Unknown (1)..
Oil-burner explosion (1) ..
Motor-vehicle upset (1)  —
Oxy-gas welding, sparks from (1)	
Gasoline, carelessness with (1) 	
Matches, carelessness with (1)	
Sparks from bonfire (3)  	
Furnace, combustible material too near
(1)	
Gasoline used to kindle fire (1)	
Oil-burner, defective equipment (1)	
Smoking while intoxicated (1).	
Unknown (2) 	
Gasoline used in cleaning (1)	
38
47
28
45
38
26
29
24
27
19
321
14
9
14
12
16
11
13
13
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12
120
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30
25
41
31
28
30
19
17
18
258
3
10
3
71
86
67
98
85
65
72
56
50
49
699
 D 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IX.—TWENTY-YEAR FIRE LOSS
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  ANNUAL DOLLARS LOSS (MILLIONS)
    FIRE FATALITIES  (TENS)
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—■   NUMBER OF FIRES  (THOUSANDS)
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1961
710-961-4972

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