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 THE FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
FORTY-THIRD
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS,  1964
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1966
  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-third Annual Report of
the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31, 1964.
ROBERT W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31,1965.
  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, 1955-64  33
Table IX.—Twenty-year Fire Loss (Graph)  34
  REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31, 1965.
The Honourable Robert W. Bonner, Q.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I beg to submit the Forty-third Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for
the year ended December 31, 1964. It is regretted that I have to report an increase
of 203 fires and consequently an increased loss of $1,193,132 over the figures of
1963. However, I am glad to report a decrease in the loss of life from fire—12
less than 1963 and 37 less than the year 1962. Twenty-eight men, 9 women, and
24 children died from the effects of fire in 1964. We hope, through constant emphasis on fire prevention, that these numbers may be further reduced.
During the year there were 152 meetings with Municipal Councils, fire and
police departments. Interdepartmental assistance was provided as usual, and
several departments participated in the Hospital Disaster Institution Programme and
four Provincial hospitals received instruction in the emergency removal of patients.
Fire-prevention literature and films continue to be distributed, with special
emphasis on Fire Prevention Week.
Eight hundred and nine sets of plans were reviewed by our engineering office
during the year, and, as usual, numerous requests for assistance from the engineering
and architectural professions were received and dealt with accordingly. Our
activity in the field of radioactive isotopes is still increasing, and, in addition, four
shipments of radioactive materials were escorted through the Province.
Our staff gave many lectures during the year, attended numerous courses, and
also assisted in one course provided to familiarize Local Assistants to the Fire
Marshal with their responsibilities.
Staff inspectors made 1,091 inspections during the year. Many of these were
at the request of Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal, who, in the course of their
duties, carried out 82,758 inspections. In accordance with instructions received,
209 inspections were made in the Okanagan Valley by staff personnel with respect
to the fire safety of cooking facilities. From these inspections 105 recommendations for improvements were issued. One hundred and fifty-one orders for the
correction of fire hazards were processed, eight of which were appealed to the Fire
Marshal, but none of these was taken to the higher Courts. There were 15 prosecutions under the Fire Marshal Act and regulations, resulting in 11 convictions and
4 acquittals.
During the year 12 theatre projectionists' examinations were held, four first
class, three second class, four restricted second class, and one third class. There
were five candidates assisted and examined for certification with the British Columbia Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineering.
Four exercises were carried out during the year, and 1,600 fire-fighters given
instruction relative to the British Columbia Emergency Fire Defence Plan.
Our fire-fighter training units continue to provide 18-hour instruction courses
to fire departments on request. During the year, instruction was given to 42
departments and 652 fire-fighters.
7
 K 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA
It will be noted from Table I that 425 fires were investigated by the Investigation Division. These investigations resulted in 95 charges being laid, involving 71
persons. These charges were arson and allied crime. There were 39 convictions,
31 acquittals, 4 stay of proceedings, 6 settled out of Court, 2 committted to mental
institutions, 1 decision reserved, 2 adjourned sine die, and 10 pending. Forty-three
of those charged were juveniles.
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
past year. I would also like to thank the members of the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, particularly those who are Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal, municipal
police in the Province, Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal, insurance companies
and their adjusters, and the Fire Underwriters' Investigation Bureau for their
co-operation during the year 1964.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
BASIL NIXON,
Fire Marshal.
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1964 K 9
TABLE I.—FIRE INVESTIGATIONS MADE BY THE OFFICE
OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Number of fires investigated—
Accident or negligence  104
Incendiary   228
Unknown  93
Total 1  425
Adults Juveniles
Number of persons charged  32 39
Total, 71
Number of charges laid (in some cases more than one
charge was laid against the same person)—
Arson   17 19
Setting fire to other substance  16 18
Other offences  19 6
52 43
Total, 95
Disposition of charges—
Convicted  i  14 25
Dismissed   25 6
Stay of proceedings     2 2
Settied out of Court  6
Committed to mental hospital     2
Decision reserved    1
Adjourned sine die  2
Pending      9 1
52 43
Total, 95
Persons not charged—
Dealt with otherwise (47 cases)   102
Committed to mental hospital (5) (52 cases)      3 2
3 104
Total, 107
Convictions for false alarms     5 1
Total, 6
 K 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL
City Municipalities (32)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
Alberni	
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
3,737
3,114
735
114
128
971
333
417
937
31,887
236
10,204
320
Armstrong... ._    	
Chilliwack 	
Courtenay	
75
1,181
74
612
1,904
95
54
99
North Vancouver  	
Penticton   	
Port Alberni  	
Port Coquitlam.   _       	
3
1
Dawson Creek	
Duncan   	
2
Fernie    	
Revelstoke  	
2
Trail  	
Vancouver   	
1
47
1,507
413
24
1,243
839
Kimberley  	
Victoria  _	
White Rock   	
17
9
Nanaimo 	
61,255
90
District Municipalities (30)
7,517
19
5
Oak Bay—                	
412
558
6
255
1,450
263
315
711
Coquitlam  	
Delta             	
Richmond 	
Saanich	
1
7
Esquimau  	
Spallumcheen 	
Kent                          	
Kitimat 	
Langley —
Maple Ridge ,	
1,981
215
114
Summerland
Surrey 	
Tadanac ~ . .
Terrace _.     ..   ..
1,865
57
248
309
569
Totals  	
16,845
32
Town Municipalities (4)
Fort St. John	
Mission City	
North Kamloops _
52
119
Quesnel-
Totals..
171
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1964                                K 11
TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL—Continued
Village Municipalities (62)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
6
1,016
58
13
104
2
1
30
22
1
19
5
186
4
61
15
31
35
2
Alert Ray
Ashcroft.	
Natal	
Oliver	
Osoyoos	
Parksville , 	
Pemberton _	
Castlegar	
Chetwynd  	
Princeton  	
Cumberland	
Salmo _	
Serrielt
Sidney -
Slocan.
Smithers  	
Taylor  —
Torino __.
Vanderhoof  	
Warfleld                       	
Lytton 	
McBride _   	
Zeballos _	
Totals	
1,586
25
Local Districts (2)
       1      	
Fire Districts (19)
Cariboo, County of	
2
238
14
25
1,080     ,
12
3
1
Sooke 	
1,501
10
19
	
District Lot 172      _ _
Vancouver, County of 	
Vernon	
loco -	
Totals	
2,901
4
Grand totals, 1964
Grand totals, 1963
Grand totals, 1962
Grand totals, 1961
Grand totals, 1960
Grand totals, 1959
Grand totals, 1958
Grand totals. 1957	
Inspec
 - 82,7
   92,0
_ _  88,4
    93,8
 _ _  95,2
 _ _  91,3
tions        Orders
58 151
88               100
41               192
26               196
59 154
30               498
  91,9
   86.6
59               647
84               975
Grand totals, 1956                                  80,1
45               875
Grand totals, 1955                   78,5
23               825
 K 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (32 )
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
30
6
21
19
8
50
21    ,
3
10
13
5
33
84
15
5
97
29
$15,850
36,489
11,042
9,888
3,554
145,016
15,806
118
1,757
16,428
3,080
18,505
16,607
13,445
1,827
114,088
10,776
200
108
55
52
16
20
79
53
19
13
31
1,846
38
370
17
$123,177
Armstrong     	
110,955
Penticton. 	
30,414
Courtenay	
45,641
20,975
Dawson Creek    . .
24,215
Duncan _  ...
Prince George	
336,425
52,521
11,386
20,068
31,809
2,484,401
123,827
Fernie. _ 	
Revelstoke.-  '	
Trail
Kamloops 	
Vancouver. ___	
338,995
White Rock  	
15,378
Nanaimo |	
Totfl's
3,366 ,
$4,204,463
District Municipalities (30)
402
22
51
4
70
57
35
1
1
37
46
45
31
13    ,
33
197
$923,555
28,616
140,440
3,764
196,922
35,299
4,083
500
7,600
18,040
67,060
114,232
68,275
41,838
95,618
120,119
Oak Bay   _  	
97
3
2
23
185
238
13
6
12
10
306
52   ,
40
134
$66,981
504
1,669
39,877
213,627
Delta 	
71,692
40,225
969
Kent                                   	
48,783
2,660
Langley 	
Surrey _     	
Tadanac
714,359
19,739
87,216
151,146
Totals	
2,166
$3,325,408
Town Municipalities (4)
Fort St. John	
Mission City	
North Kamloops _
18
17
18
$56,849
142,286
12,956
Quesnel-
Totals..
18
$30,583
$242,674
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1964
TABLE III—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Village Municipalities (62 )
K 13
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
7
4
2
3
6
12
5
1
7
4
4
7
2
1
3
1
3
3
11
2
1
3
4
7
7
5
3
2   ,
4
$2,896
1,081
840
13,006
41,506
2,384
328
1,592
5,559
11,260
588
36,066
1,025
92
360
26
646
1,865
2,537
1,731
60
223
249
6,568
432,642
2,033
362
14,540
800
11,217
Masset   _.
Merritt  	
Montrose.. .    	
Natal   _	
16
3
3
6
7
3
3
3
8
2
2
6
1
1
6
3
3
3
3
1
1
1
5
9
18
$20,586
Alert Bay 	
96
Ashcroft  _	
139
Oliver  	
Osoyoos  	
Parksville..     —
Pemberton 	
Pouce Coupe	
Princeton  	
12,656
Castlegar _   _	
2,924
1,384
Chetwynd 	
Clinton	
Comox	
15,488
900
1,795
458
Salmon Arm    .
Sechelt
377
Gibsons Landing  	
Golden ; _	
Sidney 	
Silverton..	
4,423
298
149
Smithers	
Squamish	
5,217
Hope  	
6,648
30,463
Invermere.- — 	
Kaslo	
Taylor 	
Telkwa 	
Torino
3,550
18,000
5,250
290
Ladysmith .	
Valemount -
Vanderhoof-  	
Warfield  	
161
95,261
1,286
Lumby.	
Lytton     - 	
9,031
Zeballos -	
Totals     	
4
245
$830,912
Local Districts (2 )
3
2
$2,953
1,310
Totals _    _	
5
$4,263
Fire Districts (19)
Cariboo, County of_
Colwood.  	
District Lot 172-
Ioco  	
Kelowna 	
Kootenay, County of_
Langford-
Nanaimo, County of~
Ocean Falls 	
Prince George..  —
Prince Rupert, County of _
326
12
4
1
35
136
26
205
7
94
$2,590,243
14,263
19,357
105,000
38,116
711,788
61,523
534,087
51,408
60o7412
Sooke..
University Area-
Vancouver, County of..
Vernon	
Victoria, County of-
View Royal .
Westminster, County of-
Yale, County of	
Totals ~_
Grand totals _
2
38
83
47
11
37
201
1,265
7,118
$523
26,951
244,801
107,900
7,279
265,163
999,329
$6,378,143
$14,985,863
 K 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE III—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Construction of Buildings Burned
Number       Amount of Loss
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  	
26
39
16
256
53
4
5
10
$29,983
28,592
Totals .
7,118
103,163
1,103,515
551,545
2,141
6,953
58,785
2,867,113
2,456,621
232,703
791,381
207
5,587,045
203,852
288,650
7,830
32,578
4,056
629,150
$14,985,863
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 brooder..
Defective muffler—
Defective oven	
Defective wiring.—
Dust explosion _
Electrical appliances and equipment (improper use of appliance or defective
equipment)      	
Electrical wiring overloaded-
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from..
Engine backfiring i  	
Exposure ]	
Fireplaces—
Defective—. :__. 	
Sparks from-
Fireworks.
Friction—•
In brake drum	
In conveyor belt._
In machinery	
In pulley 	
In tires	
$227,288
39,320
$19,170
32,906
$7,837
22,351
73,193
2,978
36,630
$11,447
27,129
586
6,896
266,608
54,208
6,388
955
4,736
195,864
6,128
282,639
36,015
1,007
105,028.
166,318
52,076
50,816
142,989
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1964
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
K 15
Causes of Fires
Total
Number
Amount of
Loss
Furnaces or furnace pipes—
Combustible materials too near-
Defective 	
Insufficiently protected-
Sparks from	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion .
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment-
Gas, natural—
Explosion.
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment .
Gasoline—
Broken line    	
Carelessness with...
On exhaust pipe .
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle..
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.	
Motor-vehicle upset-
Oil burners—
Broken line	
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 unlisted locations..
While intoxicated	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from forge	
Sparks from grinder	
Sparks from mill burner-
Spontaneous ignition..
21
11
32
15
16
3
14
5
4
12
91
70
67
5
25
4
7
46
42
189
4
61
77
54
4
1
10
48
246
1,061
541
10
79
33
315
21
47
394
245
43
9
18
231
15
12
200
59
637
Steam or other pipes insufficiently protected..
1,858
95
2
1
4
25
42
2
$52,810
12,548
84,571
28,828
$65,666
3,334
21,775
$14,460
8,005
54,805
$7,040
36,923
6.000
$9,415
143,760
$4,282
141,882
84,670
141,855
215
$100
66,606
968,087
$95,083
318,196
539,799
14,754
$178,757
90,775
77,270
503,699
13,108
29,089
182,600
1,743,349
183,086
49,963
36,352
153,175
7,502
35,903
372,904
1,034,793
684,618
967,832
104,385
4,975
125
32,347
318,094
250,636
570
 K 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA
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 	
Sulphur, ignition of__
Thawing pipes	
Unknown	
Totals..
$145,895
19,263
31,483
304,633
32,779
$534,053
25
88,278
5,889,767
$14,985,863
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Apartments
324
Asphalt plants and tanks..
Candles and open flames ~
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated
Sparks from	
Defective wiring . 	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure
Fireplace, sparks from
Fireworks  _ _.
Furnaces or furnace pipes—■
Combustible materials too near
Defective  	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment   	
Gasoline—
Stoves, lamps, torches	
Used to kindle fire  	
Heat radiation      _
Hot ashes    	
Hot grease, ignition of   	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches—
Carelessness with   _
Children with 	
Oil burners-
Defective   .  	
Defective equipment   	
Oxy-gas welding or  cutting equipment,  sparks
from _  	
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 	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown   	
Gas, natural, explosion	
Hot tar, ignition of  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Oil-burner explosion 	
$51
5
11,069
2
292
1
173
18
6,010
2
8,760
1
78
3
479
1
40
1
78
1
58
3
3,528
1
700
1
132
1
10
22
5,725
14
73,312
1
159
7
712
5
14,493
1
745
2
2,017
1
4,038
10
3,872
32
7,197
113
70,615
25
9,012
1
40
1
9,019
15
2,169
6
8,265
2
15,043
23
97,353
1
$6,497
1
7,098
1
8,561
1
57,056
$355,244
79,212
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1964
K 17
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Bakeries
Banks
Barber-shops   and   beauty-
parlours   _
Barges and scows .
Barns and stables       59
Barracks
Bath-houses
Blacksmith-shops
Boarding houses _
Boat-houses
Bowling-alleys
Breweries
Bridges   _	
Buildings under construction
Defective oven —	
Hot grease, ignition of
Smoker's carelessness _
Sparks from bonfire	
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Short circuit 	
Smoker's carelessness .
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown _  	
Oil burners, broken line 	
Oxy-gas  welding  or cutting  equipment, sparks
from     	
Unknown   -	
Electrical appliances
Exposure  -	
Fireworks 	
Incendiary  	
Lightning
Matches, children with
Oil burner, defective —
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire _
Spontaneous ignition 1
Unknown 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Oil burner, defective _.
Chimney,  defective
Hot ashes  	
Incendiary
Stoves or stove pipes—
Defective 	
Insufficiently protected
Thawing pipes  _	
Unknown — 	
Unknown  	
Defective wiring  	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed	
In unlisted locations ...
Unknown   	
Exposure  	
Smoker's carelessness
Incendiary
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from    _ 	
Spontaneous ignition —	
Dust explosion 	
Smoker's carelessness
Sparks from bonfire
Chimney, defective 	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances 	
Fireplace, sparks from  	
Gas,  liquefied petroleum, improper use of or
defective equipment  	
$4,519
100
32
280
82
$75
155
1,321
8,818
24
377
$750
1,500
10,000
$6,470
8,000
11,181
41,282
1,150
4,508
3,000
36,805
5,000
4,803
42,891
106,326
$300
35,000
$200
197
1,183
587
400
961
6,643
$227
134
127
180
219
$200
300
$32
250
131,857
$6,128
197
$2,114
933
358
278
3,200
$5,013
150
10,770
12,250
271,416
35,300
10,171
6,190
887
500
132,139
6,325
800
 K 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Bunk-houses
Canneries (fish)  _	
Chemical plants 	
Churches and church properties  i	
Club-houses
etc.) 	
(golf,    yacht,
Clubs
Coal and lumber yards._
Cold-storage plants
Cook-houses
Copper-mills
Cranes  	
Dental laboratories
Dredges  —	
Dry-cleaning plants
19
14
Dwellings
. 3,561
Gasoline stove
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches, children with 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Unknown — 	
Chimney, defective   _  L	
Gas,  liquefied petroleum,  improper use of or
defective equipment  	
Incendiary    ._ 	
Matches—
Carelessness with   	
Children with   _   _
Oil burners—
Defective    —	
Defective equipment  	
Explosion
Smokers' carelessness
Stove, sparks from
Unknown _.	
Short circuit  	
Gasoline, carelessness with
Exposure   	
Fireworks  -
Hot ashes	
Hot grease, ignition of ___
Incendiary
Oil-burner explosion
Short circuit 	
Incendiary
Short circuit	
Smoker's carelessness
Short circuit
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown  	
Incendiary    	
Smoker's carelessness 	
Sparks from mill burner
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances
Unknown 	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Explosion
Insufficiently protected
Unknown — 	
Molten metal .
Incendiary
Open flame.
Gasoline, carelessness with
Smoker's carelessness	
Exposure    	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Smoker's carelessness— 	
Unknown   	
Candles and open flames -
Children playing with fire
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated
Sparks from _ _
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances 	
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
51
6
108
31
36
249
$150
3,098
87
200
135
669
$9,550
6,514
50
10
1,000
16,348
4,939
2,000
2,004
1,660
53,052
$155
79
9,607
252
40,154
469
8,571
$1,300
60
211
$45
473
13,500
$600,291
34,000
1,296
365
$494
415,735
$26,297
3,000
33,489
$1,200
20
$9,606
3,262
2,373
486
$17,448
798
181,693
38,988
152,675
151,751
$11,222
97,127
1,013
7,151
59,287
1,571
14,018
635,952
416,229
62,786
300
75
90
1,220
15,727
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1964
K 19
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
4
40
27
140
13
13
10
26
10
8
8
3
3
6
25
14
3
6
6
10
.-.      29
302
...      77
$17,988
23,867
18,854
32,425
3,393
40,448
12,470
80,243
23,469
44,883
10,608
86
7,005
2,986
57,063
9,783
589
4,614
8,065
10,599
12,149
90,943
351,486
29,084
7,040
36,563
6,000
9,120
4,963
103,321
1,301
3,293
58,054
29,228
24,027
100
197,203
71,947
244,499
19,938
1,332
26,577
43,108
124,839
14,876
4,421
127,147
28,836
30,718
1,192,866
'
Exposure  - 	
Fireplaces—
Defective     1
Furnaces or furnace pipes—
Combustible materials too near  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
-
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gas, natural—
Improper installation of appliance  —
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gasoline—
Carelessness with  	
Stoves, lamps, torches _
Vapour explosion   	
20
2
j
Kerosene—
Stoves, lamps, torches	
4
1
12
21
no
3
|
Matches—
Carelessness with    !
Oil burners—
2
Defective     ___ _	
Defective equipment   	
Explosion 	
38
...     47
...      42
1
190
Smokers' carelessness—
113
936
In unlisted locations -	
24
4
33
13
136
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Defective    _	
..      13
6
58
18
29
-
Unknown  	
Electrical wiring overloaded 	
421
1
1
$3,847,770
Electric-light plants         7
$1,350
5,900
10,939
5
Electric-light and telephone
poles         2
Exposure  	
1
1
18,189
$150
30,253
1
30,403
263
Electrical substations         1
1
35
Furnace, combustible materials too near
1
321
 K 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
3
3
1
3
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
12
1
34
2
8
Boiler overheated —-	
— -         1
$375
250
1,190
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, improper
use of                 1
Short circuit —-                                            1
Electrical appliances                                  1
Exposure  -                                         1
$1,815
Factories (cotton processing)
$500
20,871
96,586
117,957
556
Factories  (food products )~
Factories (industrial equipment) -	
$266
2,343
2,435
Match carelessness                                              1
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,
from     	
Unknown    	
sparks
Oil-burner explosion                         1
5,044
$1,177
2,620
Spontaneous ignition...                        1
Furnace, combustible materials too near       . .        1
3,797
Factories  (paper products)
$200
100
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion                 1
300
2,000
Factories (pre-cast concrete)
Factories (rock-wool insulation)   -	
Factories (roofing material)
Factories (sash and door)..
Factories (saw-filing) .  	
Factories (upholstery) 	
Factories  (veneer and plywood)  _	
$500
3,000
Molten metal                                              1
750
Inflammable vapours, ignition of                                  1
26,661
7,377
49,004
825
Short circuit                                            1
Unknown                                            1
Friction in machinery                                  1
Furnace insufficiently protected                                    1
Unknown                                               1
Exposure .                                             1
3,500
Fences   -	
$50
25
50
80
20
381
178
Incendiary                                               1
Smokers' carelessness —         _                               2
Sparks from bonfire  —                                          1
Unknown                                             3
784
19,535
Film exchanges 	
$9,250
850
3,200
250
1,050
24,350
4,000
200
5,000
50
1,900
2,000
12,000
3,000
8,750
41,741
Engine backfiring         .                    2
Exposure               .                             1
Gasoline—
Carelessness with   _  ....             1
On exhaust-pipe  	
Stove    	
Vapour explosion                           9
Inflammable vapours, ignition of                                  1
Oil burners—
Defective equipment                          1
Explosion  —          1
Oxy-gas welding or cutting  equipment,
from   	
sparks
Short circuit               l
Smoker's carelessness  ___,        1
Stove, combustible materials too near            1
Friction in machinery                               1
117,591
Flour, feed, and rice mills ._
$2,000
63,126
Unknown  	
Friction in machinery   	
Furnace, sparks from 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting  equipment,
sparks
65,126
Foundries    —
$7,280
1,451
90
150
125
36,750
Short circuit          1
        2
45,846
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1964
K 21
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Amount of Loss
Funeral chapels   	
Gaols and industrial institutions   	
Garages (private)
Garages (public)
131
28
Gasoline stations (service)-.     31
Smokers' carelessness
Incendiary  	
Smoker's carelessness     	
Steam-pipe insufficiently protected  	
Children playing with fire   	
Chimneys, defective or overheated  	
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded 	
Exposure   - 	
Fireworks     	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with   	
. On exhaust-pipe  	
Vapour explosion   	
Hot ashes  - - __
Hot grease or oil, ignition of ~ 	
Incendiary    	
Matches, children with   	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting  equipment,  sparks
from   	
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from bonfire    „	
Spontaneous ignition   _—	
Stoves or stove pipes, insufficiently protected	
Unknown     :	
Boiler, defective   _	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with    	
Used in cleaning _  .	
Incendiary     _ -  :	
Matches—
Carelessness with     _.._
Children with         	
Oil burners, defective equipment	
Open flame     	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of  	
Sparks from  i 	
Short circuit _   	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Spontaneous ignition .   :	
Unknown     	
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances  -  „	
Furnace, sparks from  	
Gas, natural—
Explosion   _ 	
Improper use of or defective equipment:	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with  X	
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle
Vapour explosion  	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches, children with 	
Oil burners—
Defective     	
Defective equipment
Explosion
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of —  	
Sparks from    :	
Short circuit    - 	
Sparks from bonfire  _ 	
Unknown     „	
$57
50
75
$48
45
14,995
438
1,417
2,349
1,815
100
1,000
600
149
9,762
11,570
1,265
500
1,085
10,916
837
2,725
20,589
$150
11,943
3,585
2,165
264
1,912
153
85
25,873
22,741
56
4,425
110
326,321
$1,400
212
1,772
7,877
550
2,300
3,650
348
50
50
150
1,474
171
44,755
4,303
3,127
2,602
470
56,669
$3,316
182
82,205
399,783
131,930
 K 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Grandstands 	
3
1
5
7
2
38
139
1
3
22
19
Fireworks   _ _   	
Incendiary
Smoker's carelessness
Unknown  	
Oil burner, defective  _	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near 	
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
$32,577
200
100
$32,877
8,527
$250
50
525
600
Greenhouses     — .
1
Incendiary    _	
2
1
1,425
Halls 	
$7,455
40
156
640
Smokers' carelessness     _	
Unknown    ■'	
Incendiary  	
Spontaneous ignition   _. —	
Electrical  appliances
2
2
1
1
2
1
2
1
8,291
$150
500
650
Hospitals,   institutions,   and
$75
50
250
25
50
356
576
2,075
35
183
8,271
25
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary   	
Matches—
Children with	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed  _	
1
4
14
8
1
Stove, combustible materials too near 	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown            	
Defective wiring  _
1
2
1
1
6
11,971
Hotels  _  .
$100
1,092
15
41,783
316
150
162
7,359
474
23,611
7,460
5
7,852
11,882
125
221
2,100
166,765
Electrical wiring overloaded  _
Exposure                                     	
Fireplace, defective       	
1
3
1
1
1
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of   . ...
Incendiary           	
7
5
8
Smokers' carelessness—
61
In the home  _
1
25
4
!
Stoves or stove pipes;—
Explosion    	
1
1
Thawing pipes — _ _	
Unknown     _ 	
Thawing pipes 	
2
10
1
3
271,472
22,000
55
Houseboats 	
Laboratories   (research)	
Launches and other  small
$9,784
1,500
5,058
30,689
2,856
7,834
9,415
20,065
3
Gasoline—
1
Stove     	
1
Vapour explosion  _	
7
1
Short circuit   __     —   	
Smoker's carelessness
2
1
6
Boiler overheated 	
Electrical appliances  _ _	
1
8
1
87,201
Laundries  —
$1,061
2,606
25
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1964
K 23
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Libraries
Lime plants 	
Logging camps
Machine-shops
Metal-salvage plants 	
Mines and mining properties
Motor courts   	
Motor-vehicles (*1,495)—
Automobiles (passenger).
1,184
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment    .	
Incendiary	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of . ._  -	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks
from     	
Unknown   _
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from     _ 	
Friction in machinery  	
Friction in pulley   -.
Gasoline—■
Carelessness  with      	
On exhaust-pipe
Hot grease, ignition of	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from   —      	
Sparks from bonfire	
Unknown    	
Exposure   	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Oil burners, defective equipment
Sparks from grinder 	
Unknown    	
Hot ashes  	
Unknown   	
Candle carelessness -
Chimney,  defective ~
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Furnace, combustible materials too near ....	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper installation of
appliance  	
Gasoline stove   _	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Oil-burners, defective equipment
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed  	
In unlisted locations   _	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Thawing pipes _	
Unknown   	
Candles and open flames ,
Collision   _	
Defective muffler 	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances
Engine backfiring  _—
Exposure    	
Fireworks 	
Friction—
In brake drum 	
In machinery 	
In tires 	
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with — __
On exhaust-pipe  —
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle
Vapour explosion  	
Heat radiation 	
Hot ashes  _	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary  	
3
1
4
4
5
22
4
2
11
2
10
2
:39.
15
173
23
2
17
2
9
60
15
47
1
13
6
1
6
23
$536
160
382
123
785
$2,978
7,500
5,300
571
820
6,052
121,485
$1,786
30,000
10,300
31,147
3,492
$108
189
130
16,704
800
750
611
5,445
4,200
382
12,359
4,727
3,207
1,944
1,920
60,319
$60
3,900
155
4,198
3,169
47,097
4,032
300
6,328
384
10,196
20,429
8,851
20,615
50
3,412
1,807
150
1,452
13,094
$5,678
250
25
144,706
76,725
130
57,629
113,795
 K 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles—Continued
3
16
68
8
216
Inflammable vapours, ignition of  —
Matches—
2
6
$438
1,543
Children with 	
Motor-vehicle  upset      	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Improper use of
Sparks from   	
6
3
1
2
._ .   271
1,195
5,258
15
175
53,122
.. .   263
45,708
2
2,515
Spontaneous  ignition
Unknown  	
Collision  _  	
1
161
1
1
92
65,173
$324,913
Buses   	
$1,000
50
Unknown  _	
Defective wiring  ■	
1
1
       12
448
>■-.;(.
$1,498
Motor-cycles    	
$100
3,377
Gasoline, broken line 	
Incendiary
Short circuit .
Defective wiring  ...
Electrical appliances 	
Gasoline—
1
1
1
         1
1
4
350
1,000
1,000
Tractors (bulldozers, gra-
$5,827
$38
100
1,677
Carelessness with •■■ _ _	
On exhaust-pipe	
8
4
1
31,990
4,314
138
1
1
1,658
1
70
Inflammable vapours, ignition of   ..
Matches, children with
Motor-vehicle upset 	
Open flame .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Improper use of   	
1
2
2
1
1
3
384
600
6,683
400
8,500
7,983
Short circuit 	
18
3
27,281
3,800
Unknown   	
16
1
49,917
$145,533
$42,900
Friction—■
200
In tires                                                                1
Gasoline, broken line    ...                                   1
18,000
20,000
239
Short circuit 	
Unknown 	
Collision	
Defective muffler 	
Defective wiring
Engine backfiring __ -
Exposure    ~ _	
Friction—
In brake drum 	
In tires     —
2
3
1
7
30
5
7
2
200
5,403
$86,942
Trucks	
1
$6,408
800
627
29,300
1,139
1,309
8,250
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1964
K 25
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Mushroom-houses
Offices
Paper and pulp mills
Peat plants
Piggeries —
Pile-drivers
Poolrooms ..
Post offices
Poultry-houses  	
35
13
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Improper installation of appliance  _'..
Improper use of or defective equipment .
Gasoline—
Broken line _—   Li.
Carelessness with _
On exhaust-pipe —
Vapour explosion
Heat radiation 	
Hot ashes, coals, etc., ignition of
Hot grease, ignition of 	
Incendiary   	
Matches—
Carelessness with   ._
Children with ....
Molten metal   	
Motor-vehicle upset   	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting  equipment,  sparks
from   	
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness  . ~_	
Sparks from bonfire  .	
Unknown     —
Furnace, sparks from  	
Oil burners, defective equipment 	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Candles and open flames	
Chimney, defective  _	
Electrical appliances  	
Exposure      	
Hot ashes, ignition of  	
Hot grease, ignition of _ 	
Incendiary    -	
Matches—■
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Molten metal  _	
Oil burner, defective  	
Short circuit   ... 	
Smokers' carelessness   _.
Spontaneous ignition 	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently protected 	
Thawing pipes 	
Unknown — 	
Boiler defective or overheated
Friction in conveyor belt	
Sparks from engine
Steam-pipes insufficiently protected
Unknown _  	
Friction in machinery
Incendiary
Gasoline-line, broken 	
Oil burners, defective equipment
Incendiary 	
Unknown  	
Defective brooder 	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances
Incendiary
Sparks from bonfire
Thawing pipes	
Unknown 	
1
1
22
4
12
3
1
4
1
$134
700
32,908
2,478
22,384
400
25
4,658
35
1,875
350
20
225
23,962
170
17,792
8,586
625
44,246
$209,406
*$774,119
1
$1,996
1
15
1
15
2,026
2
$1,242
1
800
7.
700
1
559
1
445
1
941
3
3,150
1
410
3
1,090
1
99
1
200
1
450
7
9,741
2
1,030
2
577
1
737
2
170
3
23,329
45,670
1
$3,317
1
21,505
1
2,489
1
495
5
78,936
106,742
40,519
1
1
100
1
12,162
1
2,138
1
$25
1
925
950
3
$6,388
1
2,600
1
32
1
65
1
410
1
1,030
5
32,167
-2.692
 K 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Power-houses
Power-shovels .
Printing plants
Pumps and pump houses .
Railroad rolling-stock
Refineries (gasoline, natural
gas, or oil) 	
Restaurants  	
Rinks (curling) 	
Rinks (ice skating)
Rooming-houses 	
Sawmills
12
11
1
1
48
86
Defective wiring  	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Unknown 	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from
Gasoline, carelessness with 	
Unknown 	
Furnace, combustible materials too near
Gasoline, carelessness with 	
Unknown     	
Electrical appliances  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum,  improper use of or
defective equipment    , 	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment    	
Heat radiation 	
Kerosene stove   	
Short circuit	
Smoker's carelessness-
Unknown 	
Hot oil, ignition of .
Incendiary
Match carelessness .
Molten metal __	
Short circuit 	
Stove insufficiently protected .
Unknown  __ _.
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Chimney defective  	
Defective oven   	
Electrical appliances   	
Exposure
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion
Hot ashes  	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of
Incendiary .
Oil-burner explosion
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Insufficiently protected 	
Thawing pipes  	
Unknown   	
4
1
2
25
2
1
4
5
2
2
1
9
Electrical appliances	
Short circuit 	
Chimney, defective	
Electrical appliances
Fireplace, sparks from .
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary .
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed  	
In the home	
In unlisted locations 	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Insufficiently protected  _.
Unknown 	
Boilers or boiler pipes, defective or overheated       4
Chimney, defective            1
Electrical appliances   —         4
$946
6,414
14,959
$982
298
171
$477
229
49,410
$200
533
50,000
70
310
331
500
1,799
$200
100
740
4,150
10,000
150
3,550
$74
217
3,008
685
14,791
194
40,820
633
6,000
383
661
337
2,539
682
30,775
$52
231
125
368
25
413
2,834
184
10,806
20
3,500
12,085
$5,810
4,465
2,094
$22,319
1,451
50,116
53,743
18,890
105,000
101,799
625
1,100
30,643
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1964
K 27
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Amount of Loss
Schools
47
Sheds
138
Friction—
In conveyor belt 	
In machinery  	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary 	
Lightning
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of 	
Sparks from  	
Short circuit   _
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from engine 	
Sparks from grinder	
Sparks from mill burner
Spontaneous ignition  	
Stove, sparks from	
Unknown 	
Chemical explosion _
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Furnace insufficiently protected 	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment       	
Gasoline stoves, lamps, torches 	
Incendiary      	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of 	
Matches, children with   	
Oil-burners—
Defective      	
Defective equipment   „
Oxy-gas welding  or cutting equipment,  sparks
from      	
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Unknown  	
Children playing with fire
Chimney,  defective 	
Defective  wiring   	
Electrical appliances
Electrical wiring overloaded
Engine backfiring 	
Exposure 	
Fireworks    	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment 	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with    	
Vapour explosion  	
Hot ashes, coals, etc.  	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc. ignition of 	
Incendiary     _ _   	
Kerosene stove   	
Matches—
Carelessness with
Children with 	
Oxy-gas welding or  cutting  equipment,  sparks
from      _ 	
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Sparks from bonfire  	
Sparks from grinder   	
Sparks from mill burner    	
Spontaneous  ignition    	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Defective    	
Explosion   	
Insufficiently protected     	
Unknown  	
1
1
1
4
2
1
7
4
2
1
1
22
1
1
28
$676
20,680
6,243
132,668
1,002
27,000
481,357
112,242
2,735
2,486
50
276,078
12,075
443
828,606
1
$586
2
1,886
1
261
1
1,200
1
500
2
154
15
365,447
2
1,885
2
25
?
449
1
357
1
524
3
137
3
969
1
100
2
863
7
448,934
2
$6,050
1
300
1
186
2
2,211
1
1,025
1
140
3
1,097
3
242
1
175
1
35
2
70
2
364
2
165
12
17,998
1
50
1
20
14
2,100
3
55,065
4
12,044
13
6,456
15
6,403
1
1,140
1
200
1
740
1
3,800
1
640
4
398
44
183,457
$1,916,710
824,277
302,571
 K 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Sheet-metal works
Shingle-mills
Shipyards
3
Smelting plants
46
Smoke-houses
Steam baths	
Steel-fabricating plants .
Stores
180
Gasoline, carelessness with
Incendiary   _  	
Thawing pipes	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from mill burner
Unknown 	
Boiler or boiler pipe,  defective or overheated
Gasoline-vapour  explosion    _
Oxy-gas welding  or cutting equipment,  sparks
from   	
Short circuit
Electrical appliances   _
Electrical wiring overloaded
Friction—
In conveyor belt 	
In machinery
Furnaces or furnace pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Insufficiently protected 	
Heat radiation — 	
Hot oil, ignition of .
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Molten metal   	
Oil burners—
Defective equipment 	
Sparks from  	
Open flame
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Defective   	
Improper use of	
Sparks from   	
Short circuit 	
Spontaneous ignition
Thawing pipes	
Unknown  	
Stove, sparks from
Unknown 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Molten metal .	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting  equipment,  sparks
from	
Sparks from bonfire _ _
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated
Sparks from 	
Defective wiring .
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Exposure 	
Fireworks  	
Furnace, combustible materials too near .
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion __	
Gasoline stove   	
Hot ashes _ 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary  	
Lightning
Matches, children with
Molten metal 	
Oil burners—
Defective   _
Defective equipment
Explosion
Oxy-gas  welding or cutting  equipment,  sparks
from  — _ 	
$113
2,000
3,070
$300
40,520
52,840
$734
179
900
64,534
$485
530
170
480
240
650
325
5,000
55
100
800
50
200
100
500
1,540
3,380
1,045
250
37,773
$225
540
$430
115
75
$2,977
40
30,034
58,042
8,255
11,431
216
784
200
100
398
2,222
38,824
25,045
711
147
1,615
20,002
30
375,778
$5,183
93,660
66,347
53,673
765
600
620
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1964
K 29
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Stores and apartments       40
Stores and dwellings .
Stores and offices
Stores and rooms
Telephone exchanges .
Tents _ 	
Theatres 	
Trailers (house)
18
10
Short circuit _ -	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Sparks from bonfire  	
Spontaneous ignition   	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently protected _	
Sparks from 	
Thawing pipes   	
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure      	
Furnace, sparks from _
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Matches, children with 	
Oil burners, defective equipment
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stoves or stove pipes—■
Combustible materials too near
Insufficiently protected 	
Sparks from 	
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances	
Furnace, combustible materials too near
Hot grease, ignition of 	
Incendiary
Oil burners, defective equipment .
Short circuit      	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown  _-_
Chimney, defective .
Exposure
Hot grease, ignition of .
Matches, children with .
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness _
Spontaneous ignition	
Unknown 	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently protected 	
Unknown  ___ 	
Incendiary    	
Smoker's carelessness	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Stove pipe insufficiently protected
Unknown   	
Short circuit 	
Candle, carelessness with
Defective wiring .
Electrical appliances 	
Friction in tires  	
Furnace insufficiently protected
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion
Improper installation of appliance 	
Improper use of or defective equipment 	
Gas, natural, improper installation of appliance
Gasoline stove _   	
Hot grease, ignition of .
11
66
3
3
$33,952
297,161
29,960
1,803
73
3,515
1,359
413
341,223
$6,072
1,720
140
448
24,814
50
145
2,093
8,035
2,200
5,896
35
19,990
$1,286,310
$41
9,500
196
674
845
15,665
22,402
67
58,294
$13,760
902
1,782
100
1,200
438
9,705
37,391
$2,344
195
65
811
42,590
$60
679
150
50
$7,445
1,627
14,917
184
1,978
3,792
2,450
220
1,000
231
500
71,638
107,684
65,278
46,005
250
939
12
 K 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Tugboats
Warehouses
Welding-machines
Welding-shops	
Wharves
Woodworking plants .
Workshops
Incendiary  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches, children with	
Oil burners—
Defective    	
Defective equipment
Explosion 	
Short circuit	
Smokers'   carelessness—
In the home 	
While  intoxicated 	
Sparks from bonfire   __ _
Stoves or stove pipes, combustible materials too
near    	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown 	
Engine backfiring	
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
On exhaust-pipe ...
Vapour explosion .
Oil burners—
Defective   	
Explosion  	
Sparks from .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of	
Sparks from	
Short circuit _ 	
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances
Exposure .
Friction in machinery 	
Gasoline, carelessness with
Incendiary   	
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Oil burners—
Defective equipment	
Explosion 	
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from grinder	
Spontaneous ignition
Stove insufficiently protected
Sulphur, ignition of	
Unknown 	
Engine backfiring     _
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of   	
Sparks from  	
Exposure  	
Smokers' carelessness
Electrical appliances -
Incendiary
Oxy-gas welding or cutting  equipment,
from _ 	
Spontaneous ignition	
Electrical appliances	
Engine backfiring .
sparks
Oxy-gas welding or cutting  equipment, sparks
from  	
Unknown — 	
$315
167
290
15,069
12,928
3,645
1,999
5,235
1,500
50
4,582
1,650
21,194
$3,850
16,393
1,000
285
4,678
400
40
100
3,000
2,200
45,000
$920
10,088
1,000
75,362
2,771
122
45
200
396
1,049
10
25
144,275
25
194,650
$65
2,183
$50
5,106
$2,928
20
50
779
$60
1,000
700
29,157
$102,968
76,946
430,938
1,180
2,248
5,156
3,777
30,917
Totals
-7,118
$14,985,863
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1964
K 31
TABLE VI—SUMMARY
Fires Reported
City
Municipalities (32)
District
Municipalities (30)
Town
Municipalities (4)
Village
Municipalities (62)
Local
Districts
(2)
Fire
Districts
(19)
Total
1964
January —
February-
March	
April	
May	
June.— _
July	
August.
September—....
October _.
November ....
December	
Totals
282
232
247
303
288
243
257
284
274
320
265
371
3,366
185
161
180
166
187
144
170
179
151
191
174
278
3
7
4
6
7
2
9
4
6
8
2
13
24
19
21
24
18
14
22
17
15
25'
15
31
2,166
71
93
105
105
124
97
90
102
101
102
96
86
164
1,265
587
524
557
623
599
493
560
585
549
642
542
857
7,118
Amount of Loss
1964
January _
February-
March	
April	
May	
June	
July _
August	
September-
October 	
November-
December ...
Totals..
$169,501
322,855
241,711
393,155
577,693
134,589
626,531
280,006
257,926
469,814
149,756
580,926
$4,204,463
$168,084
143,258
137,588
268,041
151,571
186,674
808,367
194,139
262,101
248,750
514,719
242,116
$3,325,408
$15,123
18,096
17,939
2,259
2,994
580
13,576
1,332
4,396
144,625
277
21,477
$242,674
$469,280
53,648
41,337
23,730
91,339
9,439
42,356
25,160
2,892
7,930
21,917
41,884
$830,912
$2,867
86
1,310
$4,263
$446,578
1,155,736
442,300
326,276
294,287
260,497
279,625
408,827
671,915
464,162
485,512
1,142,428
$6,378,143
$1,268,566
1,693,593
880,875
1,013,461
1,120,751
591,779
1,770,455
909,464
1,199,316
1,336,591
1,172,181
2,028,831
$14,985,863
 K 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE VII.—TEN-YEAR COMPARATIVE STATEMENT
OF FIRE LOSSES
City Municipalities
District Municipalities
Town Municipalities
Village Municipalities
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1964. . 	
1963                 	
3,366
3,233
3,570
3,788
3,823
4,097
4,101
4,050
4,251
4,273
$4,204,463
4,343,193
3,966,380
5,775,054
8,177,601
5,361,352
4,532,740
4,789,896
4,812,453
3,546,272
2,166
; 2,113
2,270
2,386
2,324
2,487
2,381
2,197
1,999
1,866
$3,325,408
3,214,837
2,275,737
2,312,942
3,319,569
3,026,143
2,279,087
3,223,907
3,437,286
2,168,413
71
61
79
74
51
45
35
$242,674
339,654
61,020
91,151
124,547
187,388
49,173
1245
;246
1261
!292
301
350
312
317
325
313
$830,912
634,304
720,592
816,261
382,782
1167,
1961....          	
I960                 	
1959             	
1,045,840
1958             	
718,375
1957                     _   -
491,843
1956             	
813,436
1955	
521,498
Totals	
38,552
$49,509,404
22,189 1 $28,583,329
416 |    $1,095,607
1
2,962
$6,975,843
Local Districts
Fire Districts
Total
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1964   — 	
1963
5
4
2
$4,263
4,963 '
440
1,265 ,
1,258
1,430
1,309
1,323
1,289
1,234
1,233
1,263
1,191
$6,378,143
5,255,780
7,322,701
4,499,526
6,285,884
5,238,829
5,123,019
6,028,982
6,245,570
4,653,437
7,118
6,915
7,612
7,849
7,822
8,268
8,063
7,797
7,838
7,643
$14,985,863
13,792,731
106°
14,346,870
1<>61
13,494,934
1060
18,290,383
JOSQ
14,859,552
losg
12,702,394
1°*7
 	
14,534,628
1956               _ _ _                 	
	
15,308,745
1955.       _ ...
10,889,620
11   I             $9,666
12,795
$57,031,871
76,925
$143,205,720
i
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1964
TABLE VIII.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1955-64
K 33
Occupancy
Number
of
Fires
Cause of Fire
Loss of Life
Men      Women   Children
Total
Apartments .
Bunk-houses.
Dwellings 	
Fishing-boats ....
Hospitals	
Hotels :	
House trailers..
Machine-shops
Motor-cycles.
Outdoors	
Pulp-mills  ...
Rooming-houses
Stores —	
Tugboats	
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
1964
1963
1962
1961
1960
1959
1958
1957
1956
1955
Ten-year totals .
1
33
51
54
69
60
56
63
46.
67
63
49
Smokers' carelessness (3)—■
In the home (2) 	
In unlisted locations (1)	
Stoves or stove pipes, combustible materials too near (1) 	
Unknown (1) 	
Defective chimneys (1)	
Defective wiring (1)  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion (1)...
Gasoline, carelessness with (6)	
Kerosene (4)—
Carelessness with (1) .
Stoves, lamps, torches (3).  _
Matches, children with (4)	
Smokers' carelessness (6)—
In bed (2)	
In the home (1) 	
In unlisted locations (2) 	
While intoxicated (1) 	
Stoves or stove pipes (2)—
Combustible materials too near (1)	
Defective (1)  	
Unknown (8)  — 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion (1)	
Smokers' carelessness in bed (2)	
Smoker's carelessness in bed (1)	
Defective oil burner (1)    ._
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,
sparks from (1)	
Collision (1) ....	
Fell into campfire (1) 	
Sparks from bonfire (1) ~	
Boiler overheated (1) . 	
Unknown (1) ._ '. —	
Stoves or stove pipes insufficiently protected (1) 	
Defective oil burner (1)	
28
35
47
33
38
47
28
45
38
26
365
9
15
13
19
14
9
14
12
16
11
24
23
38
27
19
30
25
41:
31
28
132
286
1
3
4
2
1
2
1
1
3
12
1
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
61
73
98
79
71
86
67
98
85
65
783
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 K 34
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IX.—TWENTY-YEAR FIRE LOSS
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_____ ANNUAL DOLLAR LOSS (MILLIONS)
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 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.
1966
760-1165-9940

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