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 THE FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
FORTIETH
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS, 1961
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1962
  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 Fortieth Annual Report of
the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31, 1961.
ROBERT W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31,1962.
  TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
Report of the Fire Marshal  7
Table I.—Fire Investigations Made by the Office of the Fire Marshal  9
Table II.—Inspections Made and Orders Issued by Local Assistants to the
Fire Marshal  10
Table III.—Fires Reported  12
Construction of Buildings Burned  14
Table IV.—Causes of Fires  14
Table V.—Classification of Property Burned and Causes  16
Table VI.—Summary  29
Table VII.—Ten-year Comparative Statement of Fire Losses  30
Table VIII.—Loss of Life, 1952-61  31
Table IX.—Twenty-year Fire Loss (Graph)  32
  REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31, 1962.
The Honourable Robert W. Bonner, Q.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I beg to submit herewith the Fortieth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal
for the year ended December 31, 1961. I am very pleased to report the fire loss
for the year, $13,494,934, which is a decrease of $4,795,449 from that of the
previous year. There were 7,849 fires during the year, which is an increase of
twenty-seven from 1960. The decrease in the fire loss is attributed to the absence
of major fires. Credit for the decrease in financial loss must be given to an increased
inspection campaign, together with an improvement in the efficiency of fire-fighting
forces.
It is regretted that I must report an increase in the number of deaths due to fire.
During the year thirty-three men, nineteen women, and twenty-seven children, a
total of seventy-nine, met death in this way. I am sure you will approve of the
action taken by this office with respect to an increase in the number of public fire-
prevention meetings, as it is considered that public education is necessary to lessen
the apathy so evident toward the disastrous effects of fire. With a view to mitigating
the effects of fire, we continue to work with and give instruction to the Indian
population, among whom so many of these deaths occur.
Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal were responsible during the year for
93,826 inspections to remove fire-hazards. Our staff Inspectors continue to assist
these local men throughout the Province, and, as formerly, courses of instruction
for Local Assistants were held at Vancouver.
During the year a better system of reporting and controlling the movement of
radioactive materials was put into effect. This should ensure greater safety in
the field.
Table I gives the number of fires investigated by members of the staff as 293.
These investigations resulted in seventy-five charges involving sixty-one persons,
with fifty-eight convictions, two acquittals, and one pending. Thirty-seven of those
charged and convicted were juveniles.
During 1961 there were eleven prosecutions under the Fire Marshal Act and
regulations, with ten convictions. Thirteen appeals from orders issued by the Local
Assistants to the Fire Marshal were heard and decisions given. There were no
petitions to the Courts from the decisions of the Fire Marshal.
Calls for fire-fighting assistance were answered and dealt with satisfactorily.
In addition, a call for assistance was received from the Village of Vanderhoof, where
the waterworks system had broken down. A piece of civil defence apparatus was
dispatched to the area with two staff instructors, arriving some twelve hours after
leaving Vancouver. The apparatus was pumping water forty-five minutes after
arrival. A temporary system was in service within four days, maintaining 58,000
gallons of water per day. This entailed stretching 20,500 feet of hose. The
operation continued for fourteen days, and we were very pleased that we were able
to give such effective assistance.
Our travelling fire department instructional units gave instruction to eighty-
three departments, with a total of 1,324 fire-fighters receiving training.
 G 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA
During 1961 fifteen projectionists' examinations were held under the Theatre
Regulations. Our Inspectors checked and approved 604 plans for new construction.
These plans included bulk-storage plants for inflammable liquids, liquid-petroleum
plants, hospitals, theatres, assembly-halls, and many other types of public buildings.
The membership of the British Columbia Chapter of the Institution of Fire
Engineers of Great Britain now stands at sixty-one, and examinations are held each
February at the University of British Columbia.
Numerous meetings were held during the year in connection with fire prevention and protection. Some of the committees involved were the Greater Vancouver
Fire Protection Association, the British Columbia Safety Council, the National Research Council, the Fire Advisory Council, the Emergency Measures Organization,
Ottawa, and the National Fire Protection Association, Boston. We continue to assist
in the enactment of local fire-prevention by-laws, provide fire-protection engineering
advice, and test fire apparatus for the various municipalities.
I would like to take the opportunity of thanking 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 thank 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,  1961
G 9
TABLE I.—FIRE INVESTIGATIONS MADE BY THE OFFICE
OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Number of Fires Investigated
Origin of fires—
Accidental or negligent	
Incendiary	
Unknown	
95
146
52
Total
293
Number of Charges Laid
Arson	
False alarms
Mischief	
Setting fire to other substances
Wilful damage	
Wilfully causing fire	
Other crimes	
Mental Hospitals Act	
Totals
Grand total, 75.
Number of Persons Charged
Adults
Juveniles
30
16
1
2
13
1
6
1
1
4
38
Adults
_ 21
Convicted	
Acquitted 1     2
Pending ".     1
Totals   -  24
Grand total, 61.
37
Juveniles
37
37
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL
City Municipalities (32)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
128
1,007
19
509
998
76
18
94
915
410
28
1,261
797
4
1
—-
17
4,463
2,934
309
7
7
28
652
372
340
1,346
43,634
189
12,763
87
2
3
7
Fernie    __	
Revelstoke	
TraU	
1
54
Kelowna   	
Vernon	
2
Langley	
Nanaimo	
White Rock	
Totals	
1
73,391
103
District Municipalities (30)
Burnaby.	
6,736
319
7
989
317
249
239
7
11
255
1,178
2
~"~8
4
Oak Bay	
1,760
7
226
660
1,215
54
154
165
3
2
Richmond -	
Saanich   ■   	
Delta	
35
Esquimau —	
Kent          .;	
Langley	
Maple Ridge 	
Surrey'	
1
Totals	
14,548
57
Town Municipalities (4)
Fort St. John	
Mission City	
North Kamloops.
23
877
102
Quesnel._
Totals.
1,002
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1961
G 11
TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL—Continued
Village Municipalities (58)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
563
72
30
62
1
50
5
148
49
254
~7
~3
.._1
1
-._.
1
53
15
22
161
5
9
15
85
27
30
Alert Bay
Natal	
1
1
Chapman Camp 	
Cumberland  	
Princeton	
	
Fruitvale „ 	
Salmo	
Salmon Arm  	
Sechelt	
Invermere	
Squamish	
Stewart	
Tavlor	
Telkwa	
Tofino  	
1
Keremeos	
Kinnaird 	
Lillooet 	
Vanderhoof	
Warfield             	
Lytton 	
McBride	
Marysville.	
Williams Lake	
Zeballos  ■■■
Totals   	
1,656
17
Local Districts (2)
Cache Creek-
Guisachan ..
Fire Districts (19)
16
46
47
3
1,520
14
10
1,237
252
8
90
Colwood	
District Lot 172 	
Sooke	
Vancouver, County of	
2
2
Totals	
3,229
18
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
1961
1960
1959
1958
1957
1956
1955
1954
1953
1952
Inspections
— 93,826
— 95,259
— 91,330
.... 91,959
.... 86,684
.... 80,145
_. 78,523
— 78,284
— 78,885
.... 80,573
Orders
196
154
498
647
975
875
825
801
562
345
 G 12
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TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (32)
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Alberni.. 	
Armstrong	
Chilliwack	
Courtenay	
Cranbrook —
Dawson Creek-
Duncan	
Enderby.—	
Fernie	
Grand Forks
Greenwood	
Kamloops	
Kelowna	
Kimberley.	
Langley —	
Nanaimo	
Nelson -	
28
$24,116
36
19
24
43
15
4
6
12
6
65
106
19
4
102
32
16,855
10,697
24,091
89,664
6,313
3,843
8,325
20,073
6,449
144,348
1,662,769
1,523
12,991
39,426
6,153
New Westminster
North Vancouver.
Penticton	
Port Alberni	
Port Coquitlam....
Port Moody	
Prince George	
Prince Rupert	
Revelstoke 	
Rossland	
Trail 	
Vancouver—	
Vernon 	
Victoria...	
White Rock	
Totals	
200
132
67
50
19
20
73
37
19
19
48
2,131
48
381
23
3,788
$310,655
33,943
72,633
38,572
18,202
28,597
496,512
68,064
10,843
4,959
38,770
2,012,095
79,638
480,261
3,674
$5,775,054
District Municipalities (30)
Burnaby	
Central Saanich..
Chilliwhack	
Coldstream	
Coquitlam	
Delta 	
Esquimau	
Fraser Mills	
Kent j	
Kitimat	
Langley .
Maple Ridge.	
Matsqui 	
Mission —,	
North Cowichan	
North Vancouver..
413
12
55
10
85
61
52
4
12
29
66
56
31
13
26
201
$304,276
47,121
108,131
3,031
60,395
33,901
68,589
12,187
29,233
4,062
89,574
164,196
102,939
44,696
30,308
77,862
Oak Bay	
Peachland _	
Pitt Meadows.
Powell River-
Richmond 	
Saanich 	
Salmon Arm	
Spall umcheen	
Sumas	
Summerland	
Surrey 	
Tadanac —
Terrace 	
West Vancouver-
Totals.
114
2
6
38
182
300
15
4
12
16
339
38
39
155
2,386
$20,708
113
17,744
30,081
504,090
77,670
57,377
17,721
19,870
19,311
239,791
18,394
36,368
73,203
$2,312,942
Town Municipalities (4)
Fort St. John        	
13
17
23
$34,462
20,188
11,485
Quesnel	
Totals	
21
$25,016
74
$91,151
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1961
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Village Municipalities (58)
G 13
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
District Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Abbotsford	
Alert Bay	
8
3
1
30
8
1
4
3
11
3
4
6
3
1
21
4
4
6
4
17
6
2
5
3
3
$2,452
9,643
15
2
4
2
9
7
7
1
9
3
5
6
^
2
11
3
2
3
4
1
6
6
16
$38,514
29
17,326
700
13,267
856
1,518
Natal
300
5,184
193
20
2,804
2,014
905
16,489
11,132
7,609
92
11,235
26,510
9,382
7,379
22,036
572
7,731
31,083
65
354,975
~To57
775
Oliver  -
Osoyoos ,-	
Parksville   	
Pemberton         ■ —
Chapman Camp 	
89
23,861
161
1,637
1,792
Cumberland	
Fort St. James	
Fruitvale _ —
Qualicum Beach  .
Golden   	
Sechelt 	
Sidney 	
2,631
Hazelton :	
Hope  -
Houston -	
Invermere. -	
Kaslo	
174
6,602
2,702
14,950
61,397
3,652
1,000
Squamish , —
Lake Cowichan	
Vanderhoof	
Warfield	
13,023
438
78,305
Lytton	
Totals
292
$816,261
.tricts (2)
Local DL
Fire Districts (19)
289
10
5
34
168
24
240
11
83
$1,459,328
3,714
269
Sooke	
17
57
71
19
48
233
■   ,
Colwood	
District Lot 172 	
$5,448
371,185
loco „  	
Vernon ■' : 	
69,590
563,259
19,292
727,338
3,263
299,424
80,397
11,937
445,866
439,216
Langford— .„	
Yale, County of 	
Totals -
Grand totals	
Ocean Falls '	
1,309
$4,499,526
7,849
$13,494,934
 G 14
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TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Fire-resistive—
City municipalities	
District municipalities-
Town municipalities	
Village municipalities-
Local districts	
Fire districts	
Construction of Buildings Burned
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  	
Fire districts	
Metal or corrugated iron—
City municipalities	
District municipalities-
Town municipalities	
Village municipalities...
Local districts	
Fire districts	
Totals
Number
17
17
Amount of Loss
$13,636
15,399
4
4,304
281
48
969,701
23,650
8
70,051
14
68,628
2,903
1,943
52
239
4,592,910
2,061,886
80,693
709,769
958
3,938,507
587
378
22
45
198,807
212,007
10,458
36,441
333
488,087
7,849
$13,494,934
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES
Causes of Fires
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 wiring 	
Dust explosion .
Electrical appliances and equipment (improper use of appliance or defective
equipment).
Electrical wiring overloaded 	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from..
Engine back-firing	
Exposure _ 	
Fireplaces—
Defective _~ 	
Sparks from	
Fireworks ..
Friction—
In brake-drum	
In conveyor-belt.
In machinery	
In pulley 	
In tires	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near-
Defective 	
Insufficiently protected-
Sparks from 	
Upset	
$99,383
85,897
$5,056
24,686
$6,264
6,074
425,183
3,635
6,244
$21,241
21,894
64,233
18,969
100
$12,164
9,831
6,908
185,280
18,881
788
3,372
75
127,925
1,600
339,366
31,527
166,239
94,776
233,815
29,742
28,782
447,400
126,437
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1961
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
G 15
Causes of Fires
Total
Number
Amount of
Loss
Gas, liquefied petroleum-
Explosion..
Improper installation of appliances	
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 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 	
Stoves, lamps, torches.-
Used to kindle fire	
Lightning	
Matches—
Carelessness.—
Children with..
Molten metal	
Motor-vehicle upset...
Oil-burners—
Defective	
Defective equipment-
Explosion	
Sparks from 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, etc-
Defective	
Improper use of-
Sparks from	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness-
In bed	
In the home	
In public premises—
In unlisted locations _
While intoxicated	
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 	
Sulphur, ignition of„
Thawing pipes	
Unknown 	
7
4
22
14
2
14
64
57
27
5
13
3
53
27
215
104
37
56
2
1
5
48
262
1,845
6
577
10
33
30
222
22
30
385
146
45
11
30
242
4
9
199
54
693
2,700
88
18
4
1
2
31
30
1
181
30
10
104
34
Totals..
359
1
3
862
7,849
$39,384
3,723
74,407
$51,917
24,390
36,624
$61,890
143,063
14,389
4,402
13,320
8,175
150,694
$15,610
6,327
550
$24,627
164,761
$170,555
24,969
82,444
1,690
$160
3,682
562,582
$114,739
390,335
14,082
429,897
8,844
$74,277
57,640
8,801
170,232
34,654
$117,514
112,931
395,933
7,185
19,851
247,892
562,054
74,908
22,487
84,780
189,388
2,887
113,625
279,658
566,424
790,987
957,897
45,295
197,244
36,452
470
8,600
130,773
70,401
539
345,604
97
1,739
6,246,411
$13,494,934
 G  16 BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Aircraft	
Apartments .
1
320
Asphalt plants and tanks ._
Bakeries .
Banks
Barber-shops and beauty-parlours 	
Barges and scows .
Barns and stables
45
Unknown     - 	
Candle carelessness   _ ~
Children playing with fire	
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated -	
Sparks from    _
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure      	
Fireplaces—
Defective    	
Sparks from   _  	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near—	
Insufficiently protected    	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment  	
Gas, natural, explosion  _
Heat radiation -   	
Hot ashes  __   - —
Hot grease, ignition of  	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with   	
Oil-burners—
Defective	
Defective equipment	
Explosion ,
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
from   	
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed — —	
In the home 	
In unlisted locations 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Spontaneous ignition
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Defective     	
Insufficiently protected .
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances   	
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
Electrical appliances ...
Smokers' carelessness ,
Oil-burner explosion „
Exposure  	
Oil-burner defective
Short circuit 	
Gasoline-line broken .
Short circuit 	
Unknown	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances
Exposure 	
Incendiary 	
Lightning  	
Matches—
Carelessness with ...
Children with	
Short circuit  	
Sparks from bonfire  	
Sparks from bush fire	
Spontaneous ignition	
$1,055
140
450
130
125
2,494
19,281
1,116
152
1,821
100
242
199
116
200
3,191
23,439
30
69
12,951
342
181
386
1,750
10,596
5.873
12,355
16,124
83
200
22,724
280
57
42,653
$732
30,000
$3
312
$3,010
37
6
$26,281
170,000
4,886
$500
15,070
594
500
650
920
8,745
11,938
4,804
850
21,663
$20,000
180,905
30,732
315
631
3,053
201,167
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1961
G 17
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  	
Bowling-alleys ._	
Buildings under construction
Bunk-houses .
Canneries (fish)
Cement plants	
Chemical plants .
Churches and church properties _   	
Club-houses (golf, yacht,
etc.) 	
Clubs 	
Coal and lumber yards .
Cold-storage plants _
Compressors ..
10
Cook-houses
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown _ 	
Stove, sparks from  	
Oxy-gas  welding   or  cutting   equipment,   sparks
from   	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Smokers' carelessness—■
In bed      	
12
In unlisted locations
Sparks from bonfire 	
Electrical appliances 	
Gasoline, carelessness with .
Oil-burner explosion 	
Short circuit _,
Smokers' carelessness	
Unknown  	
Gasoline-torch carelessness
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Smokers' carelessness  	
Unknown  -  -.
Children playing with fire
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Oil-burner, defective _. 	
Unknown  	
Boiler-pipe, defective 	
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Candle carelessness	
Furnace, defective 	
Heat radiation   —
Matches, children with 	
Oil-burner explosion  -
Short circuit _    	
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected
Thawing pipes  —
Unknown _	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from 	
Exposure  	
Oil-burner, defective  .	
Smokers' carelessness	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown    	
Exposure     —
Incendiary  	
Lightning   _ —
Sparks from mill burner
Unknown 	
Exposure  	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Gasoline, carelessness with .
Matches, children with	
Short circuit	
Chimney, sparks from   	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment   j	
Hot grease, ignition of 	
$338
28,265
$45
114
53
118
$97
15
113,059
23,047
$912
500
17,500
626
3,263
$525
156
477
7,815
14,748
$83
340
3,000
19,893
126
49
100
1,690
45,038
$99
150
$50
681
80
120
118,186
$1,575
15
117
1,090
1,027
$483
50
$50
100
50
$4,728
90
5,208
$94,837
996
281
330
29
890
136,218
22,801
23,721
2,502
91
444
70,319
249
119,117
3,824
533
200
10,026
 G 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
50
.     25
117
69
34
1
367
11
23
176
2
42
41
23
16
25
8
1
3
2
10
9
7
21
10
2
5
12
21
312
47
22
4
3
1
16
21
145
69
32
35
i
2
219
136
1,719
48
3
35
4
2
3
3
145
24
$156
1,043
55
$430
32
2,471
Dry-cleaning plants	
       4
4,669
Electrical appliances	
Short circuit 	
Candles and open flames 	
1,254
Dwellings _    -
$8,381
6,196
91,943
58,616
84,796
68
129,512
25,230
3,940
24,479
108
26,994
14,327
19,420
19,054
42,080
4,780
100
650
3,229
15,372
1,017
26,205
18,788
11,887
8,000
9,272
3,133
17,985
110,791
165,571
26,068
15,610
167
550
3,309
3,570
102,635
70,555
18,741
21,194
238
186,333
31,037
333,173
20,564
8,582
14,189
11,983
8,600
7,059
7,813
29,520
42,999
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated   	
Sparks from   	
Defective wiring 	
Dust explosion     ,     ■  	
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded  	
Fireplaces—
Defective   _	
Sparks from 	
Exposure   	
Fireworks   	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near  	
Defective  	
Sparks from   	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion   	
Improper installation of appliance 	
Gas, natural—
Gasoline—
Stoves, lamps, torches 	
Vapour explosion    	
Heat radiation      ..   ...	
Hot ashes, coals, etc. .-.      	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of 	
Kerosene—
Stoves, lamps, torches    	
Matches—
Carelessness   	
Children with  -  	
Oil-burners—
Defective   	
Oxy-gas  welding   or   cutting   equipment,   spark
Short circuit  —	
Smokers' carelessness—
In the home	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near	
,._
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1961
G 19
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
10
$8,801
76
130,812
27
27,739
1
97
2
49
370
1,181,398
$3,265,309
1
$150
2
308
1
53,262
53,720
1
$936
1
400
1
1,966
3,302
1
$17
1
14,000
14,017
1
$1,532
1
5,169
6,701
1
$1,083
1
70
1
2,747
3,900
1
30,536
1
19,948
1
75,072
1
$1,302
1
470
1
300
2,072
1
$154
2
1,058
1,212
1
$7,623
1
103,696
111,319
2
1,160
1
2,773
1
$4,083
1
8,182
12,265
1
11,426
1
250
1
14,562
1
$7,471
1
400
1
1,475
1
105,413
114,759
1
315
3
513
1
21,529
1
$25
4
92
4
147
264
1
$256
1
200
1
3,628
4,084
1
4,000
2
$12,400
6
21,050
1
2,100
2
7,500
10
36,062
1
6,000
2
20,000
Electrical manufacturing
plants	
Electric-light plants
Electric-light   and telephone
poles 	
Elevators (grain)
Engines   —
Factories (bed and mattress)
Factories (bed spring)	
Factories (clay products) —
Factories (electro-plating) —
Factories (food products)..
Factories (furniture) 	
Factories (hardwood flooring)
Factories (paper box) 	
Factories (pipe-wrapping) .
Factories (rag)
Factories  (rock-wool insulation ) - 	
Factories (sack)
Factories (sash and door).
Factories (sausage) — — 1
Factories (veneer and plywood)  ___  3
Factories (wooden box)   1
Fences  _  9
Fire and police stations  3
Fish-curing plants  - — 1
Fishing-boats  42
Stoves or stove-pipes—Continued
Explosion
Insufficiently protected .
Sparks from  - 	
Sulphur, ignition of	
Thawing pipes —	
Unknown   	
Electrical appliances .
Short circuit  	
Unknown  —	
Short circuit -	
Sparks from engine .
Unknown  	
Exposure 	
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from .
Dust explosion
Friction in conveyor-belt .
Engine back-firing .
Gasoline-vapour explosion .
Unknown —
Unknown ,  	
Hot oil, ignition of .
Unknown . ~
Exposure
Sparks from grinder	
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Electrical appliances —..
Hot grease, ignition of .
Spontaneous ignition	
Unknown	
Unknown    	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment    	
Hot oil, ignition of _— 	
Short circuit	
Chimney, sparks from .
Electrical appliances —
Incendiary 	
Short circuit 	
Stove-pipe, defective
Unknown	
Unknown 	
Unknown  ...
Unknown  _	
Incen diary 	
Matches, children with .
Sparks from bonfire 	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness ...
Boiler, overheated
Defective wiring .—.
Engine back-firing
Gasoline—
Broken line ._.
Carelessness with .
Vapour explosion .
Kerosene stove	
Match carelessness
 G 20
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TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Flour and rice mills .
Foundries	
Fruit-packing plants
Funeral chapels	
Gaols and industrial institutions 	
Garages (private)	
Garages (public)
Gasoline service-stations
33
14
Oil-burners—
Defective 	
Sparks from
Short circuit —
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In unlisted locations   	
Stove or stove-pipe insufficiently protected 	
Unknown   „   _
Unknown  	
Chimney, defective —
Furnace, sparks from
Molten metal -	
Exposure ..
Unknown ..
Incendiary
Smokers' carelessness  	
Engine back-firing   	
Exposure     	
Fireworks   	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper installation of
appliance 	
Gasoline—
Broken line  _ 	
Carelessness with	
Hot ashes 	
Incendiary   	
Kerosene stove  	
Matches, children with  	
Oil-burner, defective    .	
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire — 	
Spontaneous ignition   	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near	
Insufficiently protected 	
Unknown     	
Electrical appliances ~
Furnace, sparks from
Gasoline—
Carelessness with
Vapour explosion ..
Hot oil, ignition of
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches, children with	
Oil-burner, defective 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Defective — —  	
Sparks from 	
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness  .
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently protected 	
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances .
Exposure  	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with _.
Pump, damaged by motor-vehicle
Vapour explosion _. _	
Oil-burner, sparks from
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown   	
$6,650
1,500
69,561
8,900
388
4,422
13,316
$302
600
1,747
$548
1,609,860
$1,065
4,903
1,422
469
689
1,280
713
3,880
5
4,297
33,000
48,337
3,036
2,110
2,299
225
3,069
50,132
$1,419
727
2,758
52,094
37
513
298
50
24,102
160
7,721
756
22,671
550
1,238
103,094
$390
1,761
16,761
4,402
4,103
190
60
837
$209,849
42,784
2,649
1,610,408
7,398
1,200
160,931
218,188
28,504
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1961
G 21
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Greenhouses
Halls .
27
Haystacks and balers 1	
Hospitals, institutions, and
nursing homes J	
28
Hotels .
109
House-boats
Kennels	
Launches —
Laundries
Furnace-pipe, defective .
Sparks from bonfire 	
Unknown   	
Exposure  _. -	
Incendiary _ 	
Lightning  . 	
Oil-burners—■
Defective    	
Explosion   	
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness  : 	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown „ _	
Unknown
Electrical appliances  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment  ...	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment   	
Incendiary   .	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of  _.. _.
Matches, children with J 	
Oil-burner explosion .
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from .
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed _ 	
In unlisted locations _
Unknown _	
Candle carelessness 	
Chimney, sparks from  	
Electrical appliances  	
Exposure    .	
Fireplace, sparks from  	
Furnace, sparks from ___	
Hot ashes  .	
Hot grease __   _.. :	
Incendiary   	
Oil-burner explosion	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, improper
use of 	
Short circuit ;  _. 	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed   _	
In unlisted locations 	
While intoxicated 	
Sparks from bush fire  ___ 	
Unknown 	
Short circuit  _ „_	
Unknown —    	
Oil-burner, defective  _	
Engine back-firing    	
Exposure          	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment  _ 	
Gasoline—
Broken line   	
Carelessness with _.
Vapour explosion _ _	
Matches, children with    	
Smokers' carelessness	
Stove insufficiently protected  _ 	
Unknown   	
Chimney, defective ~
Electrical appliances
Exposure 	
$2,500
50
388
4
$15,206
6
5,388
1
78
1
100
1
85
1
120
9
23,262
2
68
2
4,499
$198
30
1,398
20
1,369
476
17,233
10
176
167
3,038
50
$259
9,779
124
2,628
55
8,932
29
1,828
20,025
357
250
894
7,811
4,948
192
70
131,859
$776
3,200
$15,055
300
15,150
400
2,347
25,165
30
2,175
3,775
60,565
$85
764
575
$2,938
48,806
2,000
24,165
190,040
3,976
126
124,962
 G 22
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TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Logging camps .
15
Machine-shops .
12
Medical clinics ,
Motor courts .
69
Motor-vehicles (*1,284)—
Automobiles, passenger...
991
Friction in machinery	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown  	
Friction in machinery	
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Incendiary 	
Lightning
Oil-burner explosion _
Sparks from bonfire
Sparks from bush fire
Unknown 	
Chimney, defective  	
Exposure  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment  	
Hot oil, ignition of  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of  	
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from   _	
Short circuit 	
Stove insufficiently protected 	
Unknown  _ —	
Electrical appliances —  	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Gas, liquefied petroleum-
Explosion .
Improper use of or defective* equipment .
Gas, natural, explosion 	
Gasoline used to kindle fire  	
Hot grease, ignition of _  ,
Oil-burner, defective  	
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from 	
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed   	
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  	
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with _
On exhaust-pipe __
Vapour explosion ...
Heat radiation
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of
Incendiary     	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Matches, children with	
Motor-vehicle upset  	
Open flame
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of 	
Sparks from — 	
$153
81
145
195
$20,000
833
31,542
32,429
30,000
4,380
145,456
80,240
$570
333
10,582
4,425
731
96
200
54
78,361
$60
1,037
$1,719
5,500
1,188
100
113
175
8,273
425
2,878
216
543
2,494
25
1,044
202
989
$10,556
38
8,186
581
30,672
5,128
179
6,100
4,266
14,806
1,390
12,629
1,504
846
452
11,356
16
145
2,407
24
1,067
17,849
$1,998
344,880
95,352
1,097
25,884
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1961
G 23
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles—Continued
Buses   _	
Motor-cycles 	
12
Tractors (bulldozers, graders, etc.) 	
74
Trailers and semi-trailers..
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire ..
Unknown 	
Short circuit
Defective wiring
Engine back-firing
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with 	
On exhaust-pipe — _ _
Vapour explosion 	
Hot grease, oil, tar, ignition of __
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches, children with   	
Motor-vehicle  upset
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from
Short circuit    _	
Smokers' carelessness _	
Sparks from bonfire
Sparks from bush fire .
Unknown  -	
Motor-vehicle upset
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown  	
Collision  	
Defective battery connection .
Defective muffler _	
Defective wiring  	
Engine back-firing 	
Exposure    	
Friction—
In brake-drum 	
In tires  	
291
263
2
112
Engine back-firing  __ 4
Gasoline—
Broken line      2
On exhaust-pipe     1
Vapour explosion  —  .  1
Short circuit      1
Unknown  —   3
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or de-
tive equipment    .	
Gasoline—
Broken line	
Carelessness with .
On exhaust-pipe ...
Vapour explosion
Hot ashes 	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of .
Incendiary
Motor-vehicle upset  —
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from bonfire —	
Unknown  -	
$62,031
32,584
585
48,835
$274,232
$4,431
$695
225
35
15
23
425
$1,418
$3,117
12,779
6,174
69,975
811
363
997
2,950
60
9,468
2,107
5,074
40
7,078
866
29,813
$151,672
$75,000
150
16,136
7,547
$98,833
$8,325
788
37
5,044
11,837
2,262
164
1,825
3,521
20,205
9,913
914
6,214
331
1,668
4,273
26,750
4,585
14,307
1,097
444
36,036
$160,540
•$691,126
 G 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Mushroom-houses
Offices .
Oil-storage tanks .
Paper and pulp mills .
Peat plants	
Piggeries 	
Post offices	
Poultry-houses
Power-houses
Power-saws
Printing plants 	
Pumps and pump-houses.
40
10
Radio stations 	
Railroad rolling-stock .
Oil-burner, defective  	
Short circuit .       	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown   __ _	
Chimney, defective   	
Electrical appliances  	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Exposure
Furnace insufficiently protected
Heat radiation  	
Hot grease, ignition of  „.
Oil-burners—
Defective   	
Explosion  	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Unknown    	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Friction—
In conveyor belt — 	
In machinery  	
Short circuit — 	
Unknown   	
Unknown ._   	
Short circuit  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Defective brooder  	
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances 	
Hot ashes   	
Oil-burner, defective  _ _1	
Short circuit   	
Sparks from bonfire	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Defective  _ 	
Insufficiently protected  	
Sparks from  	
Unknown 	
Lightning  _	
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from
Short circuit 	
Sparks from engine
Engine back-firing 	
Gasoline, broken line ,
Furnace, sparks from
Hot oil, ignition of
Children playing with fire
Electrical appliances	
Engine back-firing 	
Hot oil, ignition of  —
Lightning 	
Open flame
Sparks from bonfire _
Sparks from bush fire
Stove, defective 	
Unknown 	
Unknown	
Electrical wiring overloaded .
Incendiary   	
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness	
Unknown  	
$4,748
1,476
1,050
1,900
$10
643
6,197
679
4,000
90
22
695
609
7,895
5,232
30
1,226
$905
1,513
250
57,456
$2,872
3,032
619
50
183
900
2,450
670
2,250
305
25
21,735
$5,141
1,742
20,854
510
$82
110
$77
792
$15
235
350
25,500
87
15
75
400
477
2,432
$100
300
96
6,000
5,532
$9,174
27,328
60
60,124
56,150
2,000
36
35,091
28,247
192
869
29,586
92
12,028
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1961
G 25
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Railroad stations and properties        4
Refineries (gasoline, natural
gas, or oil)  -        5
Restaurants  _      38
Rinks (curling) .
Rooming-houses
Sawmills .
92
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown —	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion
Gas, natural, explosion 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of ...
Unknown     	
Chimney, defective  '. L -	
Electrical appliances    	
Exposure      _  .	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment _. — 	
Gas, natural—
Improper installation of appliance
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gasoline—
Carelessness with     	
Vapour explosion 	
Hot grease, ignition of  	
Oil-burner, defective  - _
Short circuit    	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove insufficiently protected .
Unknown  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated .
Sparks from 	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure
Furnace insufficiently protected .
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary	
Matches, children with 	
Oil-burning equipment, defective .
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 .
Insufficiently protected  	
Unknown   	
Boilers or boiler-pipes defective or overheated-
Electrical appliances .
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from
Exposure      	
Fireworks      	
Friction in machinery  	
Furnace insufficiently protected	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion
Hot oil, ignition of  	
Incendiary 	
Lightning
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Improper use of   	
Sparks from 	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from bush fire —
Sparks from engine 	
Sparks from mill burner
Spontaneous ignition	
Unknown  	
$25
16,283
$7,648
50,000
2,150
3,457
$570
14,207
72,984
28,000
82
3,962
135
999
14,671
335
885
46,632
48
263,182
$1,319
6,006
1,075
43
222
5,379
75
2
12
1,047
2,707
19,128
9,328
1,789
70
125
116
225
34,269
$5,307
62,261
162,845
4,408
10,000
63,168
11,289
29,898
20,000
126,163
37,961
2,365
474,856
47,696
2,459
33,464
35,542
81,444
13,155
503,531
$16,308
63,255
446,692
42
82,937
1,727,812
 G 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Schools .
Sheds.
Shingle-mills .
Shipyards .
Slaughter-houses
Smelting plants ...
Steam baths .
21
107
Steel-fabricating plants .
Stores 	
1
144
Boiler-pipes overheated
Electrical appliances	
Gasoline torch 	
Incendiary 	
Lightning
Matches, children with .
Oil-burner explosion
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown   	
Chimney, defective „
Defective brooder __
Electrical appliances
Exposure _	
Fireworks   	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment     	
Gasoline stove
Hot ashes 	
Incendiary 	
Lightning
Matches, children with .
Oil-burner, defective .	
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness ..
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from bush fire .
Sparks from mill burner 	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Defective   	
Insufficiently protected 	
Sparks from   	
Unknown  	
Friction in machinery 	
Sparks from mill burner
Spontaneous ignition	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from .
Unknown   	
Boiler, defective	
Chimney, sparks from
Defective wiring .
Electrical appliances   	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from
Lightning —
Molten metal
Oil-burning equipment, defective
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from
Short circuit
Smokers' carelessness
Spontaneous ignition .
Unknown 	
Smokers' carelessness	
Stove insufficiently protected .
Gas, natural, explosion	
Candle carelessness 	
Chimneys—
Defective  	
Sparks from
Electrical appliances .
Exposure 	
Fireworks 	
$160
430
171
6,886
465
199
1,148
5
80
456,208
$2,960
500
170
800
1,560
75
350
538
8,941
501
4,045
4,387
3,159
1,342
3,753
4,155
1,725
1,135
3,902
6,650
2,213
655
84,029
$264
39,155
700
$3,797
432
384
$200
1,000
295
125
185
499
3,967
1,000
4,000
552
2,669
75
1,050
29,080
$11,485
850
$14
100
6,188
18,271
49,714
1,034
$465,752
137,545
40,119
4,613
195
44,697
12,335
294
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1961
G 27
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Stores and apartments     45
Stores and dwellings .
18
Stores and offices ....
      11
Stores) and rooms	
18
Furnace insufficiently protected _._
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper installation of
appliance      	
Gas, natural, improper installation of appliance-
Gasoline—
Carelessness with —	
Vapour explosion __ _   __
Hot grease, ignition of 	
Incendiary   __	
Kerosene stove  	
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with _ __
Molten metal   -
Oil-burners—
Defective 	
Explosion .
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from
Short circuit —  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire _	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently protected 	
Unknown   	
Children playing with fire ,
Chimney, defective	
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances	
Fireworks       ,
Gas, natural, explosion
Hot ashes   ,.    	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary .    	
Oil-burner, defective —	
Short circuit —  	
Smokers' carelessness—■
In bed      	
In the home  -	
In unlisted locations	
Sparks from bonfire  ,
Unknown	
Defective wiring „	
Electrical appliances _	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed —  	
In the home    	
In unlisted locations	
Stove, defective	
Unknown     ,	
Chimney, defective   	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment       	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary   „.  .	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Spontaneous ignition   	
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances ,
Fireworks 	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Oil-burner, defective 	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed  	
In the home  	
Iri unlisted locations .
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Unknown 	
$25
25
24,308
126
11,500
260
29,377
155
68
10,963
140
626
4,019
2,500
85,732
92,193
1,014
70
11,710
91,481
$32
428
2,571
125
200
294
5
2,551
3,342
4,398
8,525
4,299
15,805
3,943
39
28,603
$6,079
86
58
55
24,903
3,509
23,338
$346
107
139
853
358
5,658
84
$23
60
17,473
22,912
6,490
36,809
21
166
59
10,302
$441,613
75,160
58,028
7,545
94,315
 G 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Tar-pots .
Tents .	
Theatres .
Trailers (house)
37
Tugboats .
Warehouses .
41
Welding-machines .
Wharves
Woodworking plants.
Workshops
10
Totals
..7,849
Unknown   	
Sparks from bonfire
Unknown  -...
Short circuit
Unknown	
Electrical appliances
Friction in tires 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment _.  J	
Gas? natural, improper use of or defective equipment   	
Gasoline, broken line  j	
Oil-burners—
Defective      	
Defective equipment     	
Explosion    j	
Short circuit _  .  ,	
Smokers' carelessness     	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near  	
Insufficiently protected  -	
Unknown     '.	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from —
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Friction—
In machinery .
In pulley .
Furnace, sparks from .
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Lightning  	
Oil-burners—
Defective 	
Explosion .
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from mill burner 	
Spontaneous ignition .
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Unknown  —  	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from
Gasoline-vapour explosion —	
Unknown  _., 	
Furnace insufficiently protected
Electrical appliances	
Furnace, sparks from	
Oil-burner, defective	
Stove, sparks from ._	
Unknown _	
Chimney, defective — — 	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from
Matches, children with ___   _.—
Oxy-gas equipment, sparks from ,
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Insufficiently protected „ 	
Sparks from	
Unknown    	
$320
1,527
$1,615
12,818
$10,225
153
1,320
794
2,050
949
1,000
4,722
4,514
521
64
10,507
31,090
$2,000
15,000
25
539
$63,236
12,558
340,085
3,635
2,666
81,206
85
75
1,716
1,837
132
650
174
1,047
300
6,602
13,625
190,743
$269
500
719
$380
688
2,195
4,869
130,554
$300
3,000
68
732
208
220
565
$3,466
1,847
14,433
67,909
17,564
720,372
1,488
1,175
138,686
5,093
$13,494,934
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1961
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TABLE VIII.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1952-61
G 31
Number
of
Fires
Cause of Fire
Loss of Life
Occupancy
Men
Women
Children
Total
4
41
2
1
1
2
1
1
5
1
1
1
1
5
8
2
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3
1
1
1
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1
3
4
1
2
1
1
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5
1
1
2
1
2
1
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1
1
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3
2
3
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4
1
Oil-burner (2)—
2
1
Smokers' carelessness (17)—
In bed (7)	
7
11
2
Stoves or stove-pipes (5) —
Combustible materials too near (1)
1
1
5
9
Match carelessness (1) 	
1
1
Hotels     	
2
Exposure (1)	
Collision (1)	
2
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2
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1
1
1
1
1
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1
2
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60
56
63
46
67
33
38
47
28
45
38
26
29
24
27
19
14
9
14
12
16
11
13
13
6
27
19
30
25
41
31
28
30
19
17
79
Totals, 1960
71
Totals, 1959
86
Totals, 1958
67
Totals, 1957...
98
Totals, 1956
85
Totals, 1955
65
Totals, 1954	
72
Totals, 1953	
56
Totals, 1952 ..
50
335
127
267
729
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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.
1962
760-1062-2953

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