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 THE FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
FORTY-FIRST
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS, 1962
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1963
  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 Forty-first Annual Report of
the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31, 1962.
ROBERT W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31, 1963.
  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  31
Table VII.—Ten-year Comparative Statement of Fire Losses  32
Table VIII.—Loss of Life, 1953-62  33
Table IX.—Twenty-year Fire Loss (Graph)  34
  REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31, 1963.
The Honourable Robert W. Bonner, Q.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I beg to submit herewith the Forty-first Annual Report of the Fire
Marshal for the year ended December 31, 1962. There were 7,612 fires during the
year, as compared with 7,849 for 1961, a decrease of 237. However, the financial
loss in 1961 was $13,494,934, compared with $14,346,870 in 1962, an increase
of $851,936.
It is regretted that I must report an increase in the number of deaths due to
fire. Thirty-eight children, 13 women, and 47 men lost their lives through fire during
the year. Thirty per cent of all fires where lives were lost was caused by smokers'
carelessness notwithstanding increased activity in the field of fire prevention.
One hundred and seventeen meetings were attended by members of the staff
during the year. Three courses of instruction were held, and assistance given the
Department of Indian Affairs with a view to mitigating life loss in Indian communities. Fire-prevention literature and material continue to be distributed in an effort
to overcome public apathy and develop fire consciousness.
Six hundred and forty-nine sets of plans passed through our engineering office
during the year, relating to those requiring approval of the Fire Marshal by virtue
of the Fire Marshal Act and regulations. Numerous requests for assistance from
the engineering and architectural professions were handled, and an ever-increasing
activity in the field of radioactive isotopes kept members of our staff very busy.
Our staff inspectors carried out 225 inspections throughout the Province during
the year. In addition, there were 88,441 inspections by Local Assistants to the
Fire Marshal with the assistance of members of our office. One hundred and ninety-
two orders respecting fire hazards were processed, and 15 of these were appealed
to the Fire Marshal. None of these appeals was advanced to the higher Courts.
There were 10 prosecutions under the Fire Marshal Act, resulting in nine convictions and one acquittal.
During the year 10 theatre projectionist examinations were held, resulting in
the issuance of one first-, four second-, and four third-class certificates.
The fire-fighter training units continue to provide an 18-hour course to all fire
departments requesting it. During the year the units visited 101 fire departments
and gave instruction to 1,293 fire-fighters. The instructors, together with other
members of the staff, continue to assist in the development of the British Columbia
Emergency Fire Defence Plan, which is progressing. There were no major calls
during the year for fire-fighting assistance.
It is noted from Table I that the number of fires investigated by members of
the staff is 272. These investigations resulted in 63 charges involving 63 persons,
with 45 convictions, 6 acquittals, 1 failing to appear, 4 committed to mental hospital,
and 7 referred to the Probation Officer. Twenty-two of those charged were juveniles.
7
 M 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA
I would like 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 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, insurance companies
and their adjusters for their co-operation during 1962.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
BASIL NIXON,
Fire Marshal.
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
M 9
TABLE I.—FIRE INVESTIGATIONS MADE BY THE OFFICE
OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Fires Investigated
Origin of fires—
Accidental or negligent  109
Incendiary   105
Unknown     58
Total
272
Charges Laid
Arson 	
False alarms
Mischief	
Setting fire to other substances
Other crimes	
Mental Hospitals Act	
Adults
. 16
. 9
. 1
. 8
. 6
_ 1
Juveniles
10
3
9
Totals
Convicted 	
Acquitted 	
Failed to appear
Grand total, 63.
Persons Charged
Committed to mental hospital
Referred to Probation Officer
Totals
Grand total, 63.
_ 41
22
30
15
6
	
1
	
4
	
—
7
41
22
 M  10
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TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL
City Municipalities (32 )
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
97
1,209
56
422
859
101
33
70
5
795
482
15
1,261
403
6
2
9
	
14
4,776
2,842
403
23
41
714
349
381
421
42,850
225
10,262
109
1
Penticton   _	
1
Cranbrook ..._ _   _    „
Port Coquitlam-  -
Prince Rupert 	
Revelstoke -    	
Fernie    _ .
	
Greenwood  	
Trail .   	
Vancouver   .,
Vernon    	
1
37
Kelowna    	
2
Langley    	
Nanaimo  _ '
White Rock -   .
18
Totals	
69,204
91
District Municipalities (30)
6,064
476
5
172
1,453
135
1,184
183
99
282
1,143
6
1
6
10
2
8
1
Oak Bay	
Peachland-  	
475
243
641
1,808
43
227
195
Coquitlam ..._	
Delta
30
Esquimalt   	
Fraser Mills  	
Kent             	
Spallumcheen   	
Sumas - - —
Summerland -	
Surrey— -
Tadanac — —
Terrace  	
—.
Maple Ridge  	
	
4
14,828
68
Town Municipalities (4)
Fort St. John	
Mission City 	
North Kamloops -
145
145
Quesnel.
Total.
290
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
M 11
TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL—Continued
Village Municipalities (60)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
Abbots. ord_	
22
756
79
5
17
45
151
56
20
11
5
2
" 4
Masset ......  	
51
74
12
186
7
12
2
21
36
	
Montrose  	
Natal                   	
2
5
New Denver  	
1
Chapman Camp 	
Parksville 	
Pemberton _.   _	
Princeton 	
Qualicum Beach 	
Cumberland 	
Sechelt.	
Smithers _...   	
Squamish ..  	
Houston .  -	
1
Lillooet. _ 	
Warfield- _  ___.
	
Lytton —	
Zeballos 	
Totals	
	
1,552
31
Local Districts (2)
Cache Creek-
Guisachan	
Fire Districts (19)
88
18
23
1,220
1
4
1,145
24
Sooke 	
District Lot 172 '   	
Kelowna  __
Kootenay, County of—	
Vernon..     	
Victoria, County of	
12
33
1
Prince George 	
Totals -     —-     	
2,567
2
Grand totals, 1962
Grand totals, 1961 .
Grand totals, 1960 .
Grand totals, 1959
Grand totals, 1958
Grand totals, 1957 .
Grand totals, 1956 .
Grand totals, 1955 .
Grand totals, 1954 .
Grand totals, 1953 .
Inspections
— 88,441
__ 93,826
— 95,259
  91,330
__. 91,959
  86,684
— 80,145
— 78,523
.... 78,284
..... 78,885
Orders
192
196
154
498
647
975
875
825
801
562
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TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (32)
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Alberni——.
Armstrong-
Chilliwack-
Courtenay-
Cranbrook-
Dawson Creek-
Duncan	
Enderby—r	
Fernie :	
Grand Forks..
Greenwood-—
Kamloops	
Kelowna _	
Kimberley.	
Langley—.	
Nanaimo	
Nelson—	
25
1
25
16
27
45
28
5
9
8
3
51
82
15
8
91
48
$26,030
439
46,151
5,445
10,439
94,917
16,270
689
18,359
10,977
545
32,764
68,658
6,556
471
173,296
34,243
New Westminster-
North Vancouver-
Penticton 	
Port Alberni	
Port Coquitlam-
Port Moody.	
Prince George	
Prince Rupert—
Revelstoke	
Rossland...	
Trail 	
Vancouver—	
Vernon .„_ 	
Victoria	
White Rock	
Totals-
220
110
66
49
10
17
73
37
19
13
44
1,920
41
433
31
3,570
$276,772
122,293
54,802
171,506
28,762
1,780
83,689
131,275
66,218
16,761
68,386
2,012,773
8,355
372,474
4,285'
$3,966,380
District Municipalities (30)
386
10
59
11
86
61
71
9
34
$241,705
20,139
227,825
7,475
48,410
167,840
9,511
122
6
7
23
164
274
15
4
15
18
Peachland  	
Prfta
Spallumcheen  —[	
Kent
20,796
10,307
83,620
264,158
31,279
66,388
52,205
227,555
49
50
30
18
31
207
307
32
26
145
Tadanac-	
Terrace  „.
28,352
Totals	
2,270
$2,275,737,
Town Municipalities (4)
Fort St. John	
Mission City	
North Kamloops-
$2,908
6,624
11,219
Quesnel.
Totals-
28
79
$40,269
$61,020
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Village Municipalities (60)
M 13
Local Districts (2 )
Fire Districts (19)
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
13
1
1
3
3
23
8
1
1
1
9
8
1
3
2
5
1
1
4
2
3
5
4
15
6
1
2
:   3
: 5
$4,518
3,300
957
951
158
2,849
1,621
6,500
1,500
50
1,240
16,966
100
11,836
85
2,894
3,668
8,575
424
65,025
12
2
1
1
10
10
5
2
11
6
2
7
14
1
14
3
1
2
4
7
10
1
$18,770
546
Natal    -.—      —
20
53
286,346
1,136
6,791
Chetwynd.— '. -	
Comox 	
161
17,027
683
84
499
Golden    	
12,970
7,300
11,832
1,372
100
11,536
5,644
1,904
28,198
7,637
5,500
:/'■    '.155
14,331
Torino _	
89,697
Warfield	
24,831
19,650
Lytton  *
11,665
505
432
Totals      -
261
$720,592
2
$440
2
$440
302
19
1
24
218
24
244
5
80
$1,910,095
355,110
21
3
21
90
56
16
57
270
$174
Colwood       -   j.	
r_is_r_r.tT.nt 17?
University Area	
Vancouver, County of-	
Vernon.   - —	
4,184
550,269
18,771
474,483
20,369
706,496
4,671
47,529
14,440
Westminster, County of	
215,766
770,388
Ocean Falls
1,430
$7,322,701
2,229,935
Grand totals	
7,612
$14,346,870
 M 14
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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	
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
Amount of Loss
19
18
$50,932
5,664
7
32,266
270
33
1
4
1,189,218
77,677
197
279,679
8
43,155
2,634
1,838
67
218
2
1,066
2,531,426
2,061,708
58,259
433,303
440
6,651,604
647
381
11
39
194,804
130,688
2,564
7,610
349
595,676
7,612
$14,346,870
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES
Causes of Fires
Amount of
Loss
Boilers or boiler-pipes defective or overheated-
Candles and open flames 	
Chemical explosion   — 	
Children playing with fire — _  	
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated - 	
Sparks from _  	
Collision  _ _	
Defective battery connection _
Defective brooder 	
Defective muffler  	
Defective oven j	
Defective wiring __ __j	
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	
$320,786
155,359
$6,142
46,820
$16,272
2,501
78,202
26,871
27,988
$1,962
9,826
731
10,153
476,145
37*962
2,441
8,910
136
55,079
247,436
1,960
686,281
76,215
643
74,648
65,596
52,962
10,477
151,834
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
M 15
Causes of Fires
Total
Number
Amount of
Loss
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near     - -
11
17
15
14
57
30
32
319
10
62
400
238
32
9
11
225
8
22
204
58
661
2,335
102
5
2
3
14
21
1
$9,068
53,633
38,550
24,575
$125,826
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
9
4
17
$34,399
9,585
99,318
143,302
Gas, natural—■
16
1
15
$58,188
45
19,638
77,871
Gasoline—
91
64
54
29,
6
8
67
$56,463
109,362
53,728
30,190
13,062
10,859
122,973
Stoves, lamps, torches '	
396,637
2,226
1
7
1
$175
22,927
1,050
38,505
212,717
648,352
44,889
Kerosene—
24,152
15,828
33
192
$24,839
145,255
Matches—
170,094
19,471
1
99
41
61
2
$4,500
136,905
33,342
68,818
8,416
37,868
Oil burners—
Defective equipment  .    —	
251,981
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, etc.—
6
14
38
$5,554
38,798
377,591
Improper use of  _  	
421,943
761,532
264
1,474
5
582
10
$97,918
380,291
8,855
388,273
7,873
Smokers' carelessness—
883,210
170,161
36,071
24,514
1,203
158^500
79,125
250
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TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
Causes of Fires
Amount of
Loss
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near -
Defective -  	
Explosion .
Insufficiently protected-
Sparks from	
$100,685
23,939
7,323
168,311
102,935
Sulphur, ignition of-
Thawing pipes	
Unknown	
Totals
$403,193
5B
20,951
7,205,049
$14,346,870
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Apartments
320
Bakeries
10
Barber-shops   and   beauty-
parlours         3
Barges and scows         1
Barns and stables      39
Candles and open flames _
Children playing with fire .
Chimneys—
Defective  _	
Sparks from .
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances
Exposure   	
Fireplaces—
Defective  	
Sparks from	
Fireworks 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion .
Gas, natural, explosion	
Gasoline stoves, lamps	
Hot ashes —.	
Hot grease, ignition of.
Incendiary .
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches—
Carelessness with  	
Children with  _ 	
Oil burners-
Defective   .	
Defective equipment .
Explosion 	
Sparks from — 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In the home    ...
In unlisted locations
While intoxicated	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near.
Explosion
Insufficiently protected .
Unknown  	
Defective oven	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks
from	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown  	
Exposure —	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown — _.
Unknown — 	
Electrical appliances
Fireworks  	
Hot grease, ignition of .
1
1
1
3
2
1
14
36
88
56
1
10
1
2
32
$439
175
25
201
57
7,426
140
385
10,710
98
17,171
606
2,664
500
5,920
7,493
257
24
45
1,170
524
239
916
3,849
7,746
15,704
24,126
25
6,489
30
983
262,232
$354
2,342
350
111
1,131
$871
8
623
$4,535
200
5,000
$378,369
4,288
1,502
505
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
M 17
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Barracks
B lacksmith-shops
Boarding-houses
Boat-building works .
Boat-houses .
Bottling-works
Bowling-alleys
Breweries -	
Bridges  	
Buildings under construction
Bunk-houses —
Club-houses   (golf,   yacht,
etc.)     	
Canneries (fish)   1
Chemical plants   1
Churches and church properties    13
Incendiary	
Matches, children with .
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness .
Sparks from bonfire	
Spontaneous ignition __
Unknown  	
14
Electrical appliances -
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown   	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from   	
Unknown
Chimney, defective  _.
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded _
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed	
In the home	
Unknown 	
Exposure _ _   	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from 	
Short circuit _ 	
Heat radiation 	
Oil burner, defective
Short circuit 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum,
of appliance	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown 	
improper installation
Oxy-gas  welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from     	
Open flame 	
Exposure — _.	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Defective —  —	
Improper use of ._   	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Unknown    _.	
Defective wiring 	
Oil burner, explosion 	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Explosion  	
Insufficiently protected
Unknown _ 	
Unknown
Unknown
Chimneys—
Defective	
Sparks from -	
Electrical appliances _
Incendiary	
Oil burner, defective _
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness
Spontaneous ignition ..
Unknown 	
Incendiary  	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown  	
$3,770
2,007
9,000
550
9,461
1,526
65,041
$519
6,344
51,793
$27,495
6,577
$92
19
64
37
1,554
56
$4,371
200
181
$328
30
$50
30
26
$1,000
207
140
800
154
$16,156
3,413
1,156
2,728
13,958
$37
50,000
13,678
1,043
2,095
21
158
19,900
84,477
$25
41,700
20,626
$101,090
58,656
34,072
1,822
4,752
1,551
358
106
15,220
550
2,301
37,411
1,787,214
1,123
171,409
62,351
 M 18
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TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Clubs
12
Coal and lumber yards	
Cold-storage plants
Compressors 	
Cook-houses
Copper-mills
Cranes 	
Dairies 	
Distilleries —
Dredges 	
Dry-cleaning plants
Dwellings .
.4,302
Electrical appliances
Exposure 	
Incendiary .
Smokers' carelessness    	
Stoves or stove-pipes, combustible materials too
near 	
Unknown
Gasoline carelessness
Incendiary .
Sparks from bonfire .
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances
Short circuit	
Unknown  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper installation
of appliance  	
Oil-burning equipment, defective	
Stove insufficiently protected   _
Unknown    	
Molten metal
Unknown 	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary .
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness	
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances	
Friction in machinery _
Matches, children with
Smokers' carelessness ~
Unknown 	
Candles and open flames  44
Children playing with fire   16
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated   122
Sparks from    66
Defective wiring   27
Electrical appliances   _ 306
Electrical wiring overloaded   13
Engine back-firing    1
Exposure       26
Fireplaces—
Defective     27
Sparks from   177
Fireworks   22
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Combustible materials too near   10
Defective     11
Insufficiently protected      12
Sparks from   10
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion   2
Improper installation of appliance _  2
Improper use of or defective equipment._  4
Gas, natural—
Explosion   11
Improper installation of appliance _ -  1
Improper use of or defective equipment  9
Gasoline—
Carelessness    26
Stoves, lamps, torches  -   22
Used in cleaning   -   5
Used to kindle fire     8
Vapour explosion    7
Heat radiation   4
$1,675
222
117
11,574
18
63,314
$30
1,015
1,414
1,000
$300
13,669
$12,800
4,582
146
30,606
$45
30
400
$446
268
100
50
30,243
$6,097
9,300
172,784
104,650
93,731
113,492
6,924
256
25,456
5,127
35,683
6,313
2,069
7,350
30,654
23,441
1,031
9,435
2,579
35,847
45
6,897
68,678
20,976
11,844
10,859
32,928
310
$76,920
3,459
500
13,969
48,134
10,580
25
501
28,000
31,107
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
M 19
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Electric-light plants
Electric-light and telephone
poles 	
Electrical repair shops
Electrical substations —
Elevators  (grain)  	
Engines  -	
Factories (bed spring)   1
Factories (brick)   1
Factories (clothing)   1
Factories (food products).. 2
Factories (furniture)   1
Factories (glass)   1
Factories  (industrial equipment)      1
Factories (sash and door) „ 1
Factories (sausage)   1
Factories (saw-filing)   1
Hot ashes, coals, etc 	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of.
Incendiary
_  49
 — 318
  137
Inflammable vapours, ignition of  24
Kerosene—
Stoves, lamps, torches    4
Used to kindle fire    1
Lightning       9
Matches—
Carelessness with
Children with	
Molten metal	
Oil burners—
Defective   	
Defective equipment
Explosion  	
Sparks from -
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Defective 	
Improper use of .
Short circuit	
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	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Short circuit	
Sparks from engine	
Unknown 	
Fireworks   	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from mill burner .
Unknown 	
Incendiary 	
Oil-burning equipment, defective
Unknown — — 	
Friction in pulley	
Defective muffler	
Gasoline carelessness .
Smokers' carelessness
Friction in pulley 	
Unknown __
Exposure
Stove insufficiently protected
Short circuit .
Unknown	
21
.    138
1
68
30
47
1
2
1
.   220
.    132
. 1,347
.     28
4
42
1
1
6
.    138
.     26
3
73
24
13
.   402
Unknown   „ — — -
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, improper
use of  	
Hot ashes	
Electrical wiring overloaded  __ —
$25,009
114,415
184,621
21,700
21,584
1,050
15,188
7,208
128,591
68
50,008
22,493
40,242
7,500
330
50
165,389
54,778
269,154
18,473
7,535
46,367
2,000
2,150
19,611
47,134
23,252
724
147,335
74,911
12,118
1,221,555
$2,516
7,657
1.000
3,007
$3,597,299
$225
501
125
410
$500
630
$46
40
$3,221
1,293
14,180
1,261
1,130
3,261
864
86
50
875
121,725
4,514
35,005
3,130
278,090
949
235
513
 M 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Factories (upholstery)
Factories  (veneer and plywood) 	
Fences .
Fertilizer plants	
Fire and police stations .
Fish hatcheries
Fishing-boats —
Foundries
Fruit-packing plants 	
Gaols and industrial institutions 	
Garages (private)
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
Short circuit  	
Sparks from mill burner .
Spontaneous ignition	
Exposure _
Fireworks .
Unknown .
Smokers' carelessness
Incendiary .
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown   	
Engine back-firing  	
Exposure	
Gasoline—
Broken line	
Carelessness with	
On exhaust-pipe	
Stove
Vapour explosion
Kerosene stove 	
Match carelessness _
Oil burners—
Broken line	
Defective	
Explosion 	
Short circuit
12
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Defective
Insufficiently protected
Thawing pipes 	
Unknown 	
12
Electrical wiring overloaded
Furnaces or furnace-pipes—
Insufficiently protected	
Sparks from .
Hot grease, ignition of .
Molten metal	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Incendiary  	
Children playing with fire .
Chimney, defective —	
Defective wiring
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Engine back-firing	
Exposure	
Fireworks   	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with
On exhaust-pipe _.
Vapour explosion
Hot ashes	
Incendiary  —
Matches—
Carelessness with
Children with .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks
from     - 	
$6,790
7,300
$322
200
1,000
$75
25
10
$1,188
50
180
250
$18,708
903
500
2,080
8,048
1,000
34,482
900
687
4,500
4,610
1,500
37,336
1,899
500
2,549
8,000
43,043
$531
144
106
654
7,476
2,216
$125
250
473
834
175
1,815
1,965
1,972
611
5,500
400
104
1,475
300
6,980
8,300
$14,090
1,522
110
43,838
1,668
35,113
171,245
11,127
14,528
5,850
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
M 21
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Garages (public)
28
Gasoline service-stations .
19
Grandstands
Greenhouses
Halls	
25
Haystacks and balers __......
Hospitals,  institutions,  and
nursing homes	
Short circuit L	
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Spontaneous ignition . !	
Stoves or stove-pipes, combustible materials too
near .
Sulphur, ignition of 	
Unknown ;	
Chimneys, defective	
Defective wiring . .
Electrical appliances .	
Exposure
Gas, natural, explosion .
Gasoline—
Carelessness with „	
Vapour explosion	
Incendiary	
Matches, children with .
Oil burner, defective	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Defective   .	
Improper use of —
Sparks from	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown — 	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances	
Electrical wiring overloaded .
Exposure
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion.
Gasoline—
Broken line	
Carelessness with  	
Vapour explosion  	
Hot oil, ignition of	
Incendiary .
Oil burner, defective  	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, defective
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness j	
Stove explosion	
Unknown — 	
Smokers' carelessness	
Stove, combustible materials too near.
Stove insufficiently protected .
Unknown	
Defective wiring :	
Electrical appliances	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion	
Gas, natural, improper use of 	
Hot ashes	
Incendiary	
Oil burner, defective 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove, combustible materials too near.
Unknown _- 	
Incendiary .
Chimney, defective	
Electrical appliances 	
Fireplace, sparks from	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary .	
Open flame  	
Short circuit —:. 	
$6,118
2,268
2,618
745
1,325
52
22,057
$3,650
51,526
50
328
127
22,718
1,972
17,000
80
3,750
1,764
24,160
6,694
630
60
30,478
$1,450
296
75
4,500
2,832
65
5
1,091
2,228
72
182
250
297
4,186
802
8,390
$7
54
$26
3,200
$441
10
11,300
186
237
8,843
26,757
436
54
38,266
$1,013
78
377
186
322
74
25
$66,462
164,987
26,721
61
3,226
86,530
75
 M 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Hospitals (animal)
Hotels	
1
115
House-boats
Laboratories (soil-testing)
Launches 	
Laundries
Logging camps
Machine-shops
16
16
10
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In unlisted locations	
Spontaneous ignition  	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near.
Defective 	
Unknown — 	
Incendiary -  	
Chimneys, defective or overheated.
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances	
Fireplace, defective 	
Gas, natural, explosion ._ 	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary .
Oil-burner explosion .
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In unlisted locations .
While intoxicated 	
Spontaneous ignition .
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently protected	
Unknown 	
Kerosene stove	
Oil-burning equipment, defective .
Electrical appliances
Defective battery connection
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances  	
Engine back-firing _ _.
Exposure 	
Gasoline—
Broken line  	
Vapour explosion 	
Match carelessness 	
Oil burner, defective	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness	
Stoves or stove-pipes—■
Defective 	
Insufficiently protected .
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances _
Friction in machinery
Match carelessness	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness .
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances  .	
Friction in machinery    _. —L	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from   	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from bush fire	
Unknown 	
Engine back-firing	
Furnace insufficiently protected .
Kerosene carelessness	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,
from — 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness  	
sparks
$565
10,720
125
221
100
4,486
$138,294
55,000
729
480
110
47,953
829
9,141
216
6,412
15,632
126
17,500
75
57
130,777
$427
50
$2,373
165
300
7,031
2,020
5,492
25,279
2,500
22
6,450
86
15
5,700
48,603
$762
195
225
82
420
774
$791
67,226
44,907
61,770
33,167
73,444
$15
7,552
175
72
97
4,952
$18,292
1,191
423,331
477
500
106,036
2,458
281,305
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
M 23
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Meat-packing plants
Medical clinics
Mines and mining properties
Motor courts 	
Motor-vehicles (♦1,382)—
Automobiles, passenger
1,038
Buses
Stove, sparks from .
Unknown _ 	
Defective oven .
Unknown	
Oil burner, defective —
Electrical appliances	
Electrical appliances 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum-
Explosion
Improper use of or defective equipment.
Gasoline stove — 	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Matches, children with 	
Oil-burning equipment, defective
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In unlisted locations	
While intoxicated	
Sparks from bonfire	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near _
Defective  	
Insufficiently protected .
Sparks from	
Thawing pipes 	
Unknown 	
Collision  	
Defective battery connection .
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—
Carelessness with 	
Children with  	
Motor-vehicle upset
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of  	
Sparks from _ _ 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire —
Unknown 	
1
3
1
1
1
1
4
2
2
.1
4
3
1
2
15
28
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
7
12
4
1
57
24
106
5
1
4
11
52
7
25
16
2
5
5
1
3
3
4
6
5
277
259
2
141
Friction in tires  - 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, spaTks
from  - 	
Short circuit _ 	
$4,396
178,117
$54,725
75,597
$867
1,988
105
2,260
974
84
1,237
664
25,046
30,263
125
420
78
429
25
2,213
5
37,493
$8,660
68
10
4,533
2,442
22,723
568
46
2,268
15,212
15,951
4,102
5,158
3,478
65
2,021
6,874
500
823
2,004
6,819
4,957
919
49,887
32,878
573
40,884
$234,423
$176
220
1,100
138
$1,634
$195,376
130,322
70
1,812
104,276
 M 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles—Con__we_!
Motor-cycles —. L_       19
£18,!
Tractors (bulldozers, leaders, etc.) ! ,'  .     94
Trailers and semi-trailers
Trucks
218
Collision	
Engine back-firing
Gasoline—
Broken line	
Carelessness with
On exhaust-pipe _
Vapour explosion
Motor-cycle upset —
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances
Engine back-firing	
Friction in tires -
Gasoline—
Broken line —
Carelessness with ..
On exhaust-pipe .
Vapour explosion _.	
Hot grease, ignition of   __
Inflammable vapours, ignition of.
Motor-vehicle upset .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Improper use of or defective equipment:
Sparks from 1
Short circuit  : .
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire —
Sparks from bush fire .
Unknown  ——	
Friction—
In brake drum
In tires 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or
defective equipment	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Collision 	
Defective muffler	
Defective wiring _	
Electrical appliances
Engine back-firing .—
Exposure __	
Friction—
In brake drum 	
In tires  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum,  improper use  of or
defective equipment .    -
Gasoline—
Broken line _ _ 	
Carelessness with  !	
On exhaust-pipe .	
Vapour explosion -   	
Hot ashes      i	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of.
Incendiary .
Inflammable vapours, ignition of.
Matches, children with	
Motor-vehicle upset .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of —	
Sparks from	
Short circuit
Smokers' carelessness
$3,600
405
834
50
165
250
274
$5,578
$28
1,604
14,056
7,500
8,516
1,863
5,095
6,451
1,011
3,395
2,976
1,042
6,242
20,886
132
500
169
57,386
$138,852
$10,578
4,975
1,140
700
$17,393
$25,702
80
6,097
954
9,639
1,132
3,426
125
50
22,820
819
29,762
1,935
35
284
1,020
523
35
27,799
6,500
5
32,138
2,088
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1962
M 25
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Mushroom-houses
Offices
Oil-houses
Paper and pulp mills .
Piggeries
Pile-drivers    —
Pipe-lines (natural gas)
Poolrooms ... ~~
Post offices .— i—
Poultry-houses
Power-houses   	
Power-saws — 	
Power-shovels 	
Printing plants  	
Pumps and pump-houses
Radio stations	
Railroad rolling-stock
43
Sparks from bonfire
Unknown  _	
Chimney, sparks from
Defective brooder
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Short circuit	
Unknown  	
Chimney, defective —.	
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Exposure .
Furnace, sparks from _ 	
Incendiary 	
Match carelessness 	
Oil burners—
Defective  	
Explosion   	
Open flame   	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near.
Explosion  	
Sparks from	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown   	
Gasoline carelessness
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances
Sparks from bonfire .
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances
Stove, sparks from	
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Gas, natural, explosion	
Chimney, sparks from 	
Stove, defective	
Thawing pipes	
Defective brooder 	
Electrical appliances 	
Matches, children with 	
Oil-burner explosion	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Sparks from 	
Thawing pipes 	
Unknown 	
Unknown  	
Gasoline carelessness _
Gasoline-line,  broken
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances _
Gasoline carelessness ..
Short circuit  __
Thawing pipes	
Unknown  	
Defective wiring
Hot ashes 	
$2,368
103,943
$279,279
$222
3,000
1,800
25
4,500
$125
25,471
50
565
60
17,378
12,445
4,149
60
1,895
67
2,676
72
4,057
80
84
1,820
$100
687
$877
100
2,760
$25
14,470
$87
113
$5,910
47,409
5
123
200
614
24,206
260
96
8,875
$700
100
1,483
335
7,126
$650
•$677,159
9,547
71,054
787
3,737
14,495
4,402
20,973
100
200
87,698
5,505
1,485
35
178
9,744
50
 M 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Railroad stations and properties   	
Refineries (gasoline, natural
gas, or oil) 	
Restaurants —.
58
Rinks (curling) _
Rooming-houses
Sawmills
74
Hot grease, ignition of.
Unknown  —
Hot grease, ignition of .
Open flame .
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove insufficiently protected .
Unknown 	
Friction in machinery    _	
Gas,   natural,   improper   use   of   or   defective
equipment  .	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of  	
Unknown 	
Chimney, defective 	
Electrical appliances	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Fireplace, defective _	
Fireworks
Furnace, combustible materials too near	
Gas, liquefied petroleum,  improper use of or
defective equipment  	
Gas,   natural,   improper  use   of   or   defective
equipment 	
Gasoline stove    	
Hot ashes  	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of	
Incendiary 	
Oil-burner, explosion	
Oxy-gas  welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near 	
Explosion
Insufficiently protected .
Unknown 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated  	
Sparks from    	
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded  - —
Furnace, sparks from  	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary .	
Match carelessness  	
Oil-burner explosion	
Short circuit  „	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed —   	
In the home   	
In unlisted locations	
While intoxicated 	
Stoves, combustible materials too near .
Unknown    	
Electrical appliances          1
Electrical wiring overloaded —         1
Friction—
In conveyor belt 	
In machinery  	
In pulley — —
Furnace, defective 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary 	
Lightning
Oil-burning equipment, defective
$1,253
18,000
$8,000
750
100
350
39,901
$500
9,284
2,639
8,000
$333
724
20
150
110
6,999
4,713
2,034
50
1,619
12,581
74
28
150
26,346
9,407
20
554
1,070
36,713
$1,398
71
752
30
36
1,960
1,344
86
550
419
1,067
1,368
791
62
7,534
12,269
$53,248
66,885
2,501
10,013
24,982
1,000
334
1,021
1,800
590
2,867
$19,903
49,101
20,423
103,695
99,134
29,737
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
M 27
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Amount of Loss
Schools .
Sheds -
139
Sheet-metal works
Shingle-mills
Ships
Shipyards
Slaughter-houses
Smelting plants ..
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks
from   	
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from bush fire - 	
Sparks from engine   	
Sparks from mill burner 	
Unknown _   -	
Electrical appliances  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Improper installation of appliance.
Improper use of or defective equipment.
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of	
Incendiary .
Oil burner, defective ...
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
Chemical explosion 	
Chimneys, defective or overheated	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure   	
Fireworks 	
Gas,   natural,   improper   use   of   or   defective
equipment  	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with  	
Used in cleaning —   	
Vapour explosion 	
Hot ashes  	
Incendiary   	
Matches, children with   	
Oil burner, defective  	
Short circuit - 	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from mill burner   	
Spontaneous ignition    	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near 	
Insufficiently protected	
Unknown   _ _ _   	
Exposure  	
Fireworks   	
Short circuit  	
Sparks from bonfire  	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from  	
Sparks from mill burner	
Unknown    	
Dust explosion
Incendiary .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,
from  	
Unknown  	
sparks
Oxy-gas  welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from     	
Short circuit —   	
Unknown   -	
Electrical appliances
Chimney, defective .
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Friction in pulley	
$91,307
127,905
6,500
30,840
735
23,514
155,725
1,028,617
$513
100
15,000
689
304,549
2,558
8,930
95,535
$1,630,384
$200
45
3,308
138
2,120
830
1,200
3,794
1,218
3,635
626
25,421
4,688
850
11,635
1,675
11,151
100
600
2,325
1,620
92,218
$108
97
321
$200
200
850
$1,960
1,394
367
23,010
$50
15
41,941
$100
10
160
150
427,874
169,397
614
1,250
26,731
42,006
116
 M 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Smoke-houses :—
Steel-fabricating plants —
Stores —
175
Stores and apartments
32
Stores and dwellings      19
Stores and offices
10
Furnaces or furnace-pipes-
Defective 	
Insufficiently protected .
Heat radiation	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Lightning
Molten metal  	
Oil-burning equipment, defective  	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from   	
Short circuit	
Spontaneous ignition   	
Thawing pipes  	
Unknown   	
Fireworks 	
Molten metal	
Sparks from grinder .
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated .
Sparks from _ 	
Defective wiring „
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded .
Exposure	
Fireworks	
Furnaces or furnace-pipes, defective	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or
defective equipment	
Hot ashes   	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of	
Incendiary .
Kerosene lamp  _.
Matches, children with .
Oil burner, defective 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire	
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently protected 	
Sparks from	
Unknown  	
Children playing with fire .
Electrical appliances	
Exposure	
Fireworks
Hot grease, ignition of	
Match carelessness	
Oil-burning equipment, defective
Smokers* carelessness   	
Unknown _  :  	
Chimney, defective .
Electrical appliances
Fireplace, sparks from I	
Gas,   natural,   improper  use   of   or   defective
equipment  r	
Heat radiation   .	
Incendiary .
Matches, children with	
Oil burner, defective  —
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove insufficiently protected .
Unknown 	
Incendiary —
Oil burner, defective .
2
2
2
13
2
7
6
3
1
2
6
8
1
2
3
12
60
2
3
2
3
33
1
1
3
3
1
1
1
18
3
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
1
4
1
1
$60
200
150
310
50
463
50
55
1,067
100
200
22,327
$859
353
$820
115
4,700
389,197
1,319
12,394
168
45,223
58,905
9,490
4,019
5,348
16
314
460
196,577
43,540
144
8,619
1,356
6,605
470,447
$533
2,706
2,474
318
340
241
494
3,425
16,725
$1,840
6,043
50
37
150
4,386
65
631
11,920
135
23,951
$1,249
2,776
$25,452
75
1,212
1,259,776
27,256
49,208
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
M 29
Property
Stores and rooms
Tar-pots
Tents —
Theati
res .
Trailers (house)
Tugboats
Warehouses
Welding-machines
Welding-shops	
47
30
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
Exposure	
Hot grease, ignition of -
Short circuit - —
Smokers' carelessness _
Unknown	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion .
Hot tar, ignition of   	
Gasoline carelessness .
Sparks from bonfire ._
Unknown 	
Incendiary	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness
Candle carelessness 	
Electrical appliances
Gas, liquefied  petroleum,  improper use  of or
defective equipment	
Gas, natural, explosion	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with  	
Stoves, lamps .
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches, children with .	
Oil burners—
Defective — 	
Defective equipment	
Explosion 	
Short circuit      	
Smokers' carelessness  -
Stoves or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently protected	
Unknown   	
Gasoline-vapour explosion	
Oil burner, defective 	
Smoking in bed  - —
Unknown 	
Boiler, defective or overheated .
Defective wiring — 	
Exposure 	
Furnace, sparks from — 	
Incendiary .
Inflammable vapours, ignition of.
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Molten metal  	
Oil-burner explosion 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of	
Sparks from	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire
Spontaneous ignition -
Unknown 	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from.
Hot oil, ignition of ,	
Incendiary	
Sparks from grinder
Amount of Loss
$8,362
127,456
$543
397
75
7,892
33,505
$77
500
$37
1,703
456
$10
2,175
86
$21
4,033
4,026
525
4,780
3,240
550
61
19,789
415
5,600
7,790
660
118
2,938
29,054
$1,800
16,700
700
2,500
$1,962
9,721
620
932
14,036
14,625
300
196
25
7,922
1,000
52,525
8,221
12,170
30
200
38,959
$643
500
$40
850
$139,843
42,412
577
2,196
2,271
83,600
21,700
163,444
1,143
890
 M 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Wharves    	
2
2
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,
from     -   	
Smokers' carelessness _ -	
sparks
6
$117,000
300
$117,300
$14,809
1,267
11
7,612
Unknown  -	
16,076
$320
3,003
225
33
3,009
4,249
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Defective   ._
Unknown  '  	
-
10,839
$14,346,870
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1962
TABLE VI.—SUMMARY
Fires Reported
M 31
City
District
Town
Village
Local
Fire
Municipali
Municipali
Municipali
Municipali
Districts
Districts
Total
ties (32)
ties (30)
ties (4)
ties (60)
(2)
(19)
1962
January  	
368
244
6
37
130
785
February 	
293
189
9
17
108
1        616
March -	
355
203
4
26
113
701
April-	
309
171
8
27
113
628
May—	
277
187
4
21
104
593
June	
281
180
3
20
140
624
July—	
296
177
3
21
169
666
August  	
266
175
5
20
126
592
September	
266
192
6
24
105
593
292
269
211
165
6
13
15
10
1
93
111
617
November 	
569
December    	
298
176
12
23
1
118
628
Totals
3,570
2,270
79
261
2
1,430
7,612
Amount of Loss
1962
$392,803
825,760
238,388
332,458
111,978
277,209
143,102
256,587
357,547
327,534
280,335
422,679
$207,058
339,264
174,035
100,767
123,516
206,950
187,650
220,102
159,445
118,055
287,850
151,045
$10,476
6,219
1,655
390
4,445
666
1,061
1,384
12,217
970
7,452
14.0S5
$23,329
30,005
297,514
38,602
19,255
7,784
33,760
114,470
81,079
11,573
25,907
37,314
$2,308,822
302,502
475,614
835,723
385,450
348,555
569,647
282,202
499,780
408,391
406,785
499,230
$2,942,488
February	
1,503,750
1,187,206
April 	
May -—„ 	
1,307,940
644,644
June —	
July .. ■  ' ■	
841,164
935,220
874,745
September	
1,110,068
$415
25
November	
December  	
1,008,744
1,124,378
Totals	
$3,966,380
$2,275,737
$61,020
$720,592
$440
$7,322,701  | $14,346,870
 M 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE VII.—TEN-YEAR COMPARATIVE STATEMENT
OF FIRE LOSSES
City Municipalities
Municipalities
District Municipalities
Town ]
Village Municipalities
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1962 	
1961 	
I960— '	
1959    ■ 1 	
1958  	
1957.	
3,570
3,788
3,823
4,097
4,101
4,050
4,251
4,273
4,075
3,770
$3,966,380
5,775,054
8,177,601
5,361,352
4,532,740
4,789,896
4,812,453
3,546,272
3,202,716
2,905,393
2,270
2,386
2,324
2,487
2,381
2,197
1,999
1,866
1,728
1,456
$2,275,737
2,312,942
3,319,569
3,026,143
2,279,087
3,223,907
3,437,286
2,168,413
2,571,833
1,641,308
79
74
51
45
35
$61,020
91,151
124,547
187,388
49,173
,261
292
301
350
312
317
325
.313
$720,592
816,261
382,782
1,045,840
718,375
491,843
1956 :	
813,436
1955  ..
521.498
1954                    	
	
	
1307            503,161
1953	
239 |         240,5%
Totals
39,798
$47,069,857
21,094
$26,256,225
284
$513,279
3,017
$6,254,384
Local Districts
Fire Districts
Total
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1962                               .   	
2
$440
1,430
1,309
1,323
1,289
1,234
1,233
1,263
1,191
984
964
$7,322,701
4,499,526
6,285,884
5,238,829
5,123,019
6,028,982
6,245,570
4,653,437
3,899,992
3,293,193
7,612
7,849
7,822
8,268
8,063
7,797
7,838
7,643
7,094
6,429
$14,346,870
1961
13,494,934
1960  ..
18,290,383
1959
14,859,552
1958                                            -     	
12,702,394
1957
        -
14,534,628
1956
15,308,745
1955
10,889,620
1954      -	
1953                                                     	
	
10,177,702
8,080,490
2
$440
12,220
$52,591,133
76.415 1 $132,685,318
1
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1962
TABLE VIII.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1953-62
M 33
Number
of
Fires
Cause of Fire
Loss of Life
Occupancy
Men
Women
Children
Total
2
8
43
2
1
1
1
4
Apartments	
Gas, natural, explosion (1)  -	
Smokers' carelessness (6)—
In bed (4)                   	
1
3
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
4
5
2
1
1
5
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
3
1
!   1
1
1
1
1
4
2
1
3
1
4
1
9
1
2
5
8
1
I
i
4
In the home (1) .  	
2
1
Dwellings	
Stoves or stove-pipes (1)—
Combustible materials too near (1)	
Chimneys (1)—
1
1
Gasoline (7)—
4
1
Used to kindle fire (3)	
Kerosene (2)—
3
4
Used to kindle fire (1)	
1
Matches (6) —
1
Children with (5)	
9
2
1
2
2
1
3
3
1
1
Oil burners (2)—
Defective (2)                        	
2
Smokers' carelessness (12)—
In bed (4) .- _  	
In the home (5) - „ 	
While intoxicated (3 ) 	
Stoves or stove-pipes (3)—
Stove insufficiently protected (2).
Stove-pipe insufficiently protected (1)
4
6
5
6
1
17
Gasoline-vapour explosion (1)	
Oil-burner explosion (1) 	
1
Hospitals	
1
1
Hotels	
Smokers' carelessness (1)—
In bed (1)         _._' -
1
1
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion (1)...
1
Motor-vehicles	
Collision (1)    	
1
Outdoors	
Fell into bonfire while intoxicated (1)	
Kerosene used to kindle fire (1)	
1
1
2
1
5
Unknown (TV *   	
1
Tents.	
1
Totals, 1962
Totals, 1961	
69
60
56
63
46
67
63
49
56
38
47
33
38
47
28
45
38
26
29
24
13
19
14
9
14
12
16
11
13
13
38
27
19
30
25
41
31
28
30
19
98
79
Totals, 1960
Totals, 1959	
71
86
Totals, 1958	
67
Totals, 1957	
,     98
Totals, 1956	
85
Totals, 1955	
65
Totals, 1954
Totals, 1953	
72
56
567
355
134
288
777
 M 34
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IX.—TWENTY-YEAR FIRE LOSS
1943 '44 '45 '46 '47 '48 ' 49 ' 50' 51 ' 52 '53 ' 54 ' 55 ' 56 ' 57 ' 58 ' 59 ' 60 ' 61 '62
—— ANNUAL DOLLAR LOSS  (MILLIONS)
   FIRE FATALITIES  (TENS)
-<___. AVERAGE DOLLAR LOSS PER FIRE (HUNDREDS)
 NUMBER OF FIRES (THOUSANDS)
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1963
760-1263-2383
  

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