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 THE
FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
FORTY-FOURTH
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS, 1965
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1967
  To Major-General the Honourable George Randolph Pearkes,
V.C., P.C., C.B., D.S.O., M.C., CD.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the forty-fourth Annual Report of
the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31, 1965.
ROBERT W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
Victoria, B.C., March 31, 1966.
  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  15
Table V.—Classification of Property Burned and Causes  17
Table VI.—Summary  31
Table VII.—Ten-year Comparative Statement of Fire Losses  32
Table VIIL—Loss of Life, 1956-65  33
Table IX.—Twenty-year Fire Loss (Graph)  34
  REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31, 1966.
The Honourable Robert W. Bonner, Q.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I beg to submit the Forty-fourth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for
the year ended December 31, 1965. I am pleased to report the fire loss for 1965,
6,977 fires with a total of $14,137,784, is a decrease of 141 fires and $848,079 over
that of 1964. However, I regret to have to report an increase in the number of deaths
due to fire. They numbered 91 in 1965 and 61 in 1964, an increase of 30. Out of
the 71 fires where lives were lost, 12 of these fires took two or more lives each, which
accounts for the increase in number. Of these 71 fires, 41 took place in private
dwellings, and 14 of these were from careless smoking. We still emphasize that fire
prevention in the home is of first importance in reducing our death toll.
The leading cause of fire is still smokers' carelessness. This single cause accounted for 1,870 of our fires, or almost 30 per cent of our number.
An increase is noted in the number of motor-vehicle fires. There were 1,553
fires in motor-vehicles of all types with a loss of $990,796. This is an increase over
the previous year of 58 fires and $216,677, due, no doubt, to the greater number of
vehicles on the road. But losses in our sawmills decreased by almost $100,000 and
in mercantile stores by $427,491.
Staff inspectors made 998 inspections throughout the year during the course of
their duties. Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal made 83,678 inspections and
issued 178 orders to remedy hazardous conditions. These orders show an increase
over those of the previous year, and we believe this has a bearing on our reduced loss.
Two orientation courses for Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal were held during
the year in our office. Each time some 25 men from one section of the Province
attended and were instructed in the application of the Fire Marshal Act and regulations to their duties as Local Assistants. These courses prove very helpful and are
continuing.
Our Engineering Division reviewed 1,372 sets of plans for new buildings, and
alterations and additions to those existing. Numerous requests for advice by telephone and letter, from architects and engineers, have been received and answered.
Our activity in the radioactive isotope field continues, with 29 escorts of radioactive
materials having been conducted during the year. There is a steady increase in this
aspect of our work.
There have been 17 projectionist examinations held during the year. These are
held in May and November, and in 1965 resulted in the issuance of six first-class,
six second-class, three third-class, and two restricted licences. Examinations were
conducted for candidates for the Institution of Fire Engineering diplomas, and promotional examinations were conducted for municipal and Provincial Government
fire-fighters.
Our Investigation Division carried out 441 fire investigations during the year,
the details of which appear in Table I. These investigations were followed by 51
appearances in Court, 23 attendances at inquests, and 1 official inquiry.
 K 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA
General duties of both Investigation and Engineering Divisions included some
155 meetings, 12 lectures given, and 9 appeals heard from orders issued under the
Fire Marshal Act and regulations. There was a general survey of the Revelstoke Fire
Department, and we had to provide supervisory personnel to take charge of the fire
department during a period when the department broke down, occasioned by the
abrupt resignation of the chief. There were fire department surveys in Delta and
Mayne Island, and pumpers, during emergencies, were provided for Fort Steele and
Barkerville.
Our film library is used by fire departments and fire-prevention sections of
industrial firms. During the year there were 453 requests for films. Interest in this
form of fire prevention continues throughout the year.
Under the British Columbia Emergency Fire Defence Plan, seven exercises and
five zone meetings were held during the year. Thirty-seven other meetings were
held and 22 lectures given. Emergency vehicles were delivered to West Vancouver,
North Vancouver, and Prince Rupert. Hospitals in the Province received further
instruction on emergency removal of patients and assistance in preparing individual
disaster plans.
Our travelling instructional unit has had a busy year, with 89 departments
receiving instruction. Instruction sessions totalled 534, with 1,602 hours of instruction. The total attendance for the year was 6,567, with the total man-hours of
instruction 19,701. In addition to this there were some 58 special assignments to
instructors.
Amendments to regulations passed pursuant to the Fire Marshal Act were
promulgated during the year. An amendment to the Regulations Governing the
Sale, Installation, Maintenance, Carriage, and Use of Compressed-gas Systems requires Fire Marshal approval certification for cylinder systems for cooking, refrigeration, and heating installations on highway mobile vehicles. An amendment to the
Regulations Governing the Location, Construction, Occupancy, and Safety of Community Halls, Assembly-halls, Theatres (Other than Moving-picture Theatres), and
Public Halls (Including Dance-halls) provides for emergency lighting in any hall.
Regulations respecting Moving-picture Theatres, Kinematographs, and Projectionists, and the Storage and Use of Nitro-cellulose X-ray Films were amended to cover
the positions of emergency exits and further amended to provide for emergency
lighting.
I wish 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 excellent co-operation during the past year.
I would also like to thank the members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,
especially 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 co-operation during
the year 1965.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
BASIL NIXON,
Fire Marshal.
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
K 9
TABLE J.—FIRES INVESTIGATED BY THE OFFICE OF THE
* FIRE MARSHAL
Fires investigated—
Accident or negligence.
Incendiary	
Unknown	
Investigations
_ 125
... 211
.. 105
Total..
441
Charges Laid Adults
Number of persons charged  30
Total, 73
Number of charges laid (in some cases more than one
charge was laid against the same person)—
Arson  27
Setting fire to other substances     2
Other offences  11
Total, 83
Juveniles
43
16
13
14
Disposition of Charges
Convicted  32
Dismissed     3
Stay of proceedings    2
Settled out of Court	
Committed to mental hospital     1
Adjourned sine die	
Acquitted     1
Withdrawn     1
Total, 83
Persons not charged—
Dealt with otherwise1	
Committed to mental hospital     1
Convictions for false alarms-
Total, 63
Total, 20
25
7
6
1
1
61
1
17
i The offender is a juvenile and has not been charged but has been given an informal hearing in Juvenile
Court, or handed over to his parents or guardian, a social agency, or a department concerned.
 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
li
	
2,418
Armstrong
North Vancouver 	
2,988      i          1
1,2712
66
1
1,234
34
3
3
689
34
1,789
109
2
98
1,622
2
43
334
Fernie
MO
Revektnkp.
462
	
	
~595
31,126
Trail
1
26
1,557
237
539
10,582
5
White- RorV
325
Nanaimo
Nelson
1,254
908
1
Totals..      	
1
60,511              45
District Municipalities (33)
9,966
35
I
669
728
f-pV Ray
1,813
16
Central Saanich -	
74
3
Peachland
1
435
23
255
Delta                               	
1,606
8
323
5
325
49
Hudson's Hope
Kent                               	
41
115
1
1,755
3
323
49
349
5
Totals
19,259
76
Town Municipalities (8)
138
213      j      ..
Williams Lake.
|
	
	
Totals	
351      1      ....
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
K 11
TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL—Continued
Village Municipalities (58)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
40
43
20
15
—
22
13
2
309
99
4
25
Natal
2
Castlegar
3
Sprhftlt
KaslA
Taylnr
Tp.kwa
Tofino	
Warfie.d
Trials
592
5
Local Districts (2)
Cache Creek-
Guisachart	
Fire Districts (18)
Cariboo, County of _
Colwood	
loco	
Kelowna	
Kootenay, County of_
Langford..
Nanaimo, County of _
Ocean Falls	
Prince George-
Prince Rupert, County of.
173
22
94
1,226
43
Sooke..
University Area-
Vancouver, County of-
Vernon :	
Victoria, County of_
View Royal-
Westminster, County of-
Yale, County of	
Totals..
1,342
44
16
2,965
52
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
totals, 1965
totals, 1964
totals, 1963
totals, 1962
totals, 1961
totals, 1960
totals, 1959
totals, 1958
totals, 1957
totals, 1956
Inspections
 83,678
 82,758
 92,088
.__ 88,441
— 93,826
_ 95,259
 91,330
_ 91,959
.._ 86,684
— 80,145
Orders
178
151
100
192
196
154
498
647
975
875
 K 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (32)
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
28
3
21
17
12
50
10
5
9
9
2
42
92
12
4
64
28
$11,985
765
40,966
52,477
6,734
56,910
1,703
431
1,963
22,661
9,178
395,785
58,083
4,003
15,872
41,076
3,098
207
114
S5
71
23
10
"113
57
15
10
19
1,861
40
330
18
$173,693
North Vancouver.	
64,967
Chilliwack	
36,558
76,877
43,433
Port Moody
Prince George  	
8,976
Duncan
206,403
Enderby       . ~         	
Prince Rupert
1158,943
Fernie   ...           ..	
Revelstnkft
800,497
5,430
Trail	
19,414
Kamloops
2,088,865
76,397
Kimberley
Victoria.	
White Rock  ■
Totals	
248,615
Langley	
Nanaimo
24,227
3,351
$4,756,985
District Municipalities (33)
391
25
12
70
77
80
36
4
2
.     5
25
32
42
21
111
22
180
$256,190
18,507
19,747
264,279
527
288,471
51,754
6,360
15,048
12,450
.10,898
39,624
88,21.
42,512
63,125
35,644
41,531
181,616
Oak Bay     '            	
55
6
4
19
17>8
186
5
6
4
12
9
QOS
46
43
161
$24,190
9,136
18,068
23,156
249,548
87,920
23,816
40,663
1,915
Hudson's Hope
Kent...
27,202
12,638
Surrey
Tadanac
660,259
19,504
43,335
West Vancouver	
Totals      	
178,103
2,080
$2,855,954
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Town Municipalities (8)
K 13
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Fort St. John.	
22
9
6
9
6
$18,903
48,027
5,065
7,848
89,283
25
$21,461
13             138.808
19
13,127
Totals
109
$342,522
Village Municipalities (58)
Local Districts (2)
Abbotsford  	
10
2
2   '
4
4
4
&
3
3
4
2
1
4
4
5
3
5
3
2
4
3
9
2
4
5
2
1
$8,837
425
1,250
21,930
6,230
336
Montrose	
Nakusp     -	
Natal
1
2
3
2
5
3
2
3
10
7
1
6
2
5
1
14
1
2
2
2
1
2
7
$6,356
365
Alert Bay     ...	
36,417
279
Oliver— 	
Osoyoos	
Parksville	
4,662
2,123
6,909
136,886
701
889
1,261
320
1,750
5,042
298
1,040
1,783
9,553
2,375
6,113
5,407
4,117
2,896
19,201
1,074
333,074
843
25,415
37,735
187
2,097
Sechelt
55
Sidney    	
Silverton	
1,552
46
Smithers
91,839
440
59,199
5,833
Taylnr
887
Torino  .
TTrtuflft
1,698
449
Warfield       	
5,154
14,455
250
Totals    ~
1184
$878,039
7
1
$28,877
1,256
Totals
8
$30,133
 K 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Fire Districts (18)
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Cariboo, County of-
Colwood-
loco—
Kelowna	
Kootenay, County of ~
LangfordL
Nanaimo, County of	
Ocean Falls	
Prince George-
Prince Rupert, County of_
Sooke	
358
8
16
130
8
170
2
~95
3
$2,009,474
7,619
35,451
442,902
4489
546,662
1,875
574,512
1,573
University Area-
Vancouver, County of _
Vernon	
Victoria, County of_
View RoyaL.
Westminster, Comity of_
Yale, County of	
31
31
15
47
245
Totals-
1,245
Grand totals-
6,977
$21,546
630,4%
57,305
7,963
152,582
779,998
$5,274,157
$14,137,784
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
49
$101,696
29
14,958
~12
42,552
316
643,130
42
154,121
3
33,899
3
37,258
1
25,000
9
53,2%
2,241
3,730454
1,554
2,504,003
84
293,874
145
490,572
5
4,550
838
4,324,771
745
282,005
453
170,422
22
14,749
36
350,203
2
583
388
865,988
6,977
$14,137,784
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES
K 15
Causes of Fires
Total
Number
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	
100
60
Collision-
Defective battery connection-
Defective brooder	
Defective muffler  	
Defective oven	
Defective wiring	
Dust explosion-
Electrical appliances and equipment (improper use of appliance or defective
equipment).
Electrical wiring overloaded-
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from..
Engine backfiring	
Exposure  	
Fireplaces—
Defective  	
Sparks from..
Fireworks	
Friction—
In brake drum..
In conveyor belt-
In machinery	
In pulley	
In tires	
Furnaces or furnace pipes—
Combustible materials too near-
Defective 	
Insufficiently protected-
Sparks from	
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.
13
113
13
2
3
6
18
23
11
21
10
14
2
29
4
1
12
129
73
43
4
26
5
7
47
7
47
2
17
160
23
6
3
4
1
124
4
355
12
1
238
135
126
27
42
65
45
17
334
9
35
419
211
35
11
9
$156,484
112,537
$2,210
31,509
$6,818
12,104
26,954
7,577
30,336
$58,919
37,207
78,688
69,292
$55,108
6,767
60,908
$4,715
903
15,034
$125,420
156,829
37,349
2,484
35,150
13,434
6,886
113,137
$20,688
2,430
8,000
$14,496
38,536
89
20,411
269,021
27,946
571
559
542
100
1,108,727
4,565
531,731
36,953
144
119,853
282,407
33,719
19,818
83,789
244,106
122,783
20,652
490,689
1,643
13,404
302,849
573,890
53,132
31,118
52,339
 K 16
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TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
Causes of Fires
Total
Number
Amount of
Loss
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	
40
256
1
51
51
42
3
2
8
63
306
1,009
540
15
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from bush fire	
Sparks from engine... _
Sparks from grinder	
Sparks from mill burner-
Spontaneous ignition-
Steam or other pipes insufficiently protected-
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near	
Defective	
Explosion-
Insufficiently protected-
Sparks from	
Sulphur, ignition of-
Thawing pipes	
Unknown	
$8,532
344,173
296
4
19
148
73
605
$100
128,153
59,276
112,933
35,482
$15,371
25,721
349,515
$134,922
501,635
371,762
39,458
1,870
159
7
1
9
24
31
1
173
13
4
92
18
$118,974
29,292
5,660
269,794
44,156
Totals-
300
1
10
895
6,977
$352,705
267,304
103,350
335,944
390,607
721,817
1,047,777
334,135
26,261
9,321
7,145
269,203
207,578
10,258
467,876
20
7,474
5,078,427
$14,137,784
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965 K 17
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Airports and hangars
Apartments   	
1
371
Armouries _  	
Asphalt plants and tanks..
Bakeries
Banks 	
Barber-shops   and   beauty-
parlours   	
Barges and scows .
Barns and stables
51
Sparks from bonfire 	
Candle carelessness 	
Children playing with fire
Chimneys—■
Defective or overheated
Sparks from —	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure
Fireplace, sparks from .
Fireworks   	
Furnace insufficiently protected	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment   - —	
Gas, natural, explosion — —
Gasoline—
Carelessness with  	
Stoves, lamps, torches .
Heat radiation 	
Hot ashes, coals, etc	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
1
1
1
2
1
2
11
3
1
1
1
2
1
3
3
1
2
40
17
1
3
12
1
2
2
2
16
52
123
In unlisted locations         18
Sparks from bonfire —         2
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near      16
Insufficiently protected —	
Unknown  —     _ -    2'
Unknown 	
Hot tar, ignition of .
Sparks from bonfire .
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	
Smoker's carelessness
Exposure  	
Oil burner, defective _
Smoker's carelessness
Unknown   	
Exposure    -	
Oil-burner explosion „
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire ...
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Unknown  	
Defective boiler  „  ...
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances _ _
Exposure   —  	
Incendiary    - 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Lightning
Matches, children with        13
$18
1,120
5,282
75
15,263
1,933
1,393
34
66
154
1,449
18
13,533
1,115
122
262
19,076
31,107
40
656
26,444
4,080
592
406
1,002
4,236
53,987
90,716
3,655
388
1,737
10
96,305
$1,335
500
$50
320
25
743
$25
267
130
440
$3,850
1,092
$170
3,125
3,611
1,608
6,105
828
10,120
36,187
$5,000
376,274
58,500
1,835
50
1,138
862
4,942
 K 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Bath-houses
         2
Blacksmith-shops
Boarding-houses  .
Boat-building works
Boat-houses   	
Bottling-works
Bowling-alleys
Bridges
Buildings under construction
Bunk-houses
Canneries (fish)	
Cement plants	
Chemical plants
10
Churches and church properties   	
Club-houses   (golf,   yacht,
etc.)  	
Clubs
Short circuit  	
Smoker's carelessness	
Sparks from bonfire	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Unknown   	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Stove insufficiently protected .
Furnace, sparks from ...
Chimney, sparks from ._
Exposure   	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Matches, children with .
Smokers' carelessness _
Hot grease, ignition of
Stove, sparks from	
Unknown 	
Short circuit   	
Oil burner, sparks from .
Smoker's carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire
Engine backfiring 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment 	
Gasoline stove	
Hot grease, ignition of _     _ 	
Kerosene stove     _.
Sparks from bonfire	
Unknown 	
Hot grease, ignition of 	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Sparks from	
Unknown 	
Unknown 	
Unknown   	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Candle carelessness   _
Defective chimneys „ 	
Furnace insufficiently protected
Hot grease, ignition of 	
Incendiary     	
Lightning  	
Short circuit	
Sparks from bonfire
Unknown 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary
Matches, children with
Smokers' carelessness ..
Unknown 	
Exposure
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Oil-burner explosion _
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
1
Fireplace, defective     1
$145
300
6,120
8,169
73,788
$100
1,500
$11,480
148
25
25
7,280
$251
1,718
$1,741
105
$1,179
26,125
200
775
1,254
2,223
1,470
$195
1,500
1,744
8,178
$74
603
299
85
38,173
400
50
4,720
2,122
$8,579
6,850
4,972
7,372
233
$699
98
1,500
1,550
196
110
211
$150,276
1,600
7,000
18,958
37
1,969
517
1,846
300
33,226
11,617
23,506
611
2,062
46,526
28,006
4,364
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
K 19
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Coal and lumber yards .
Cook-houses
Copper-mills
Cranes
Dairies
Drycleaning plants
Dwellings  3,285
Incendiary  	
Matches, children with .
Smokers' carelessness _
Sparks from bonfire	
Electrical appliances	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Match carelessness 	
Oil-burner explosion	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown	
Furnace, sparks from   	
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
from	
Boiler pipe overheated
Electrical appliances	
Smoker's carelessness ...
Candles and open flames ..
Chemical explosion 	
Children playing with fire
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated
Sparks from
Defective wiring  	
Electrical  appliances   	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Exposure      	
Fireplaces—
Defective 	
Sparks from   	
Fireworks     	
Furnaces or furnace pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Defective   	
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from
Gas, liquefied petroleum-
Explosion
Improper installation of appliance 	
Improper use of or defective equipment .
Gas, natural—
Explosion       	
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gasoline—
Carelessness with
Hot grease, ignition of	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Boiler, sparks from
1
1
1
1
2
1
40
1
15
95
50
53
241
6
49
13
110
15
16
6
15
4
6
1
On exhaust pipe —       2
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   __. 	
Children with 	
Molten metal  	
16
4
6
4
4
30
304
56
21
5
3
1
3
29
134
1
$5
250
3,240
3,200
$70,534
527
4,950
6,251
9,300
24,336
$300
200
$1,000
1,000
4,154
225
13
$10,387
39
19,166
149,224
99,537
262,077
160,144
14,812
48,965
2,210
30,114
9,013
6,649
33,437
41,381
13,536
23,124
1,105
12,746
4,436
953
14,794
66,467
421
28,457
13,334
6,386
23,439
467
12,642
143,650
191,857
26,329
15,738
1,176
8,000
7,156
6,085
207,770
100
$6,695
115,898
500
2,000
3,404
4,392
 K 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Electric-light plants
Electric-light and telephone
poles   	
Electrical    manufacturing
plants    	
Electrical repair shops 	
Electrical
Elevators
Engines .
Factories
spring)
Factories
ucts)   „
Factories
Factories
ing)   ....
Factories
Factories
substations
(grain)   -	
(bed   and   car
(bleach    prod-
(clay products)..
(cotton   process-
(electro-plating),
(food products) .
Factories  (furniture)
Factories (paint)
Factories (pipe wrapping).
Factories     (pre-cast    concrete)   	
Factories   (roofing   material)
Factories (sash and door).
Factories (upholstery)  	
Factories (veneer and plywood ) 	
Oil burners—
Defective   	
Defective equipment
Explosion
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Improper use of   	
Sparks from .    „	
Short  circuit _   175
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed  	
In the home  „	
117
855
29
7
50
2
11
In unlisted locations 	
While intoxicated 	
Sparks from bonfire  	
Sparks from bush fire  	
Spontaneous ignition   _	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near  _._  _. 130
Defective  -     11
Explosion      —     3
Insufficiently protected    _   62
Sparks from      14
Sulphur, ignition of           1
Thawing pipes    _      7
Unknown     314
Lightning 	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from bonfire
Unknown 	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from  bonfire
Hot grease, ignition of         1
Unknown    —- —        1
Exposure  	
Sparks from
Short  circuit   —	
Sparks from bonfire —
Unknown    	
Unknown
Friction in pulley  —	
Stove insufficiently protected
Stove, combustible materials too near
Electrical appliances   —	
Electrical appliances   	
Matches, children with  	
Short circuit  	
Unknown       	
Unknown      	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Tar, ignition of   _ 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment   -	
Hot oil, ignition of  _	
Unknown   — -   —
Incendiary     - —
Boiler pipes overheated —	
Electrical appliances -  2
Matches, children with      1
Oil burner, sparks from — _ — — 1
$67,108
31,325
49,947
16,005
448
244,214
47,399
378,687
50,043
21,589
53,898
358
7,416
67,418
22,663
3,991
172,840
41,976
20
5,328
1,403,347
$326
3,000
1,659
10,069
$4,403,343
15,054
$350
15
$28
772
$37,182
3,622
$416
600
50
5,925
$4,531
1,424
75
800
365
800
40,804
15,000
150
306
24,709
513
50
47,588
186
6,991
3,454
249
2,545
5,245
100
15
1,034
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
K 21
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Fences  	
       24
Fertilizer plants
Fishing-boats  	
Flour, feed, and rice mills.
Foundries 	
Fruit-packing plants .
Funeral chapels	
Garages (private)      139
Garages (public)
17
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown     .	
Exposure   	
Gasoline carelessness
Incendiary
Matches, children with
Smokers' carelessness _.
Spark from bonfire	
Unknown     	
Electrical appliances
Engine backfiring	
Exposure   —	
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with 	
Stove	
Vapour explosion 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Oil burners—
Defective 	
Defective equipment
Short circuit 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown   	
Sparks from grinder _
Electrical appliances -
Furnace, sparks from
Molten metal	
Oil burners—
Defective	
Sparks from	
Short circuit	
Sparks from grinder.
Matches, children with
Incendiary     	
Unknown	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances .
Engine backfiring	
Exposure	
Fireworks	
Gasoline-vapour explosion .
Hot ashes, coals, etc	
Incendiary	
Matches, children with	
Oil-burner explosion .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Improper use of	
Sparks from	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness .
Sparks from bonfire .
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near.
Insufficiently protected	
Sparks from	
Thawing pipes .	
Unknown	
3
2
4
1
5
1
1
2
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
2
3
1
13
1
3
2
14
25
1
1
2
5
4
17
1
7
1
.1
35
Oil burner, defective   	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment	
Gasoline on exhaust pipe	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary .
Inflammable vapours, ignition of -
$2,125
3,508
$108
25
45
207
305
647
844
$3,048
900
8,200
100
700
21,690
2,500
3,240
13,400
13,245
400
34,210
$3458
1,482
600
124
1,766
742
100
$10
89
$5,565
5,015
584
4,735
422
8,118
225
11,964
12,745
23,670
2,400
6,446
10,469
3,038
7,587
1,785
33/206
195
2,000
79,124
$417
521
9,099
3,805
47,503
192
$12,463
2,181
255
101,633
300
7,972
3,773
99
219,293
 K 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Gasoline stations (service).     35
Grandstands
Greenhouses
Halls
19
Hay stacks and balers.
Hospitals, institutions, and
nursing homes	
81
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Defective -
Improper use of.
Sparks from	
Short circuit	
Sparks from bonfire.
Unknown	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances	
Electrical wiring overloaded	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from.
Exposure
Gas, liquefied petroleum-
Explosion
Improper use of or defective equipment _
Gasoline—
Broken line	
Carelessness with.
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle.
Vapour explosion	
Matches, children with	
Oil burners—
Defective	
Sparks from	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Short circuit	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from grinder	
Defective stove _______-____—-
Unknown	
Incendiary	
Short circuit.
Oil burner, sparks from
Sparks from bonfire .
Stove insufficiently protected .
Unknown	
Oil burner, defective
Electrical appliances .
Exposure	
Fireworks	
Furnace insufficiently protected .
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary	
Matches, children with	
Smokers' carelessness	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Defective 	
Unknown  	
Matches, children with .
Smokers' carelessness _
Unknown	
Chimney, sparks from .
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances .
Furnace, combustible materials too near	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment  —
Hot grease, ignition of _	
Incendiary .
Match carelessness .
Oil burners—
Explosion 	
Sparks from	
$366
150
5,662
2,139
862
10,821
$287
490
15,000
144
400
25,000
640
242
54,633
2,484
1,448
226
29,152
325
33,203
22,771
50
98
6,129
15,769
$17,462
47
$25
250
1,918
106
$351
100
150
3,433
75
475
6,580
8,000
7,493
920
500
39,738
$500
675
400
$20
212
4,206
40
10
125
2,300
375
327
20
10
31,537
208,491
17,509
67,815
1,575
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
K 23
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Hospitals (animal)
Hotels	
1
130
Houseboats
Kennels
Laboratories (research) —
Launches and other small
craft 	
Laundries
Libraries 	
Logging camps.
Machine-shops
15
Causes
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In unlisted locations -
While intoxicated —
Sparks from bonfire —
Smoker's carelessness
Defective chimney	
Defective oven	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances —
Exposure
Fireplace, sparks from	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of	
Incendiary . . , .	
Matches—
Carelessness with	
Children with	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed	
In unlisted locations	
While intoxicated	
Spontaneous ignition	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from	
Unknown	
Defective stove	
Stove, combustible materials too near.
Electrical appliances	
Electrical appliances .
Engine backfiring	
Exposure
Gasoline—
Carelessness with .
Stove 	
Vapour explosion .
Heat radiation	
Incendiary .
Matches, children with .
Oil burners—
Defective	
Sparks from	
Short circuit	
Sparks from bonfire .
Unknown	
Electrical appliances	
Electrical wiring overloaded .
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness .
Unknown	
Smoker's carelessness
Friction in pulley	
Lightning
Oil burner, defective equipment.
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from bush fire.
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown	
Gasoline carelessness —
Oil burner, sparks from.
41
14
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
6
4
2
1
4
62
22
2
1
2
1
14
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
1
7
1
1
1
2
1
3
1
7
5
1
3
1
5
1
3
1
1
8
5
1
8
1
1
Amount of Loss
$3,160
602
425
390
854
$1,503
100
795420
161
837
684
4,369
8,141
6,004
121
7,000
4,030
13,331
85,173
12,703
53,699
18,606
241
176,857
$100
5,000
2,026
1,488
600
37,400
1,000
67
200
2,450
200
7,200
482
12,446
$3,413
265
555
6,915
7,133
$6,020
34,017
1,612
139,698
25,903
51
53,538
$615
122
$13,076
61
1,188,680
162
4,300
550
70,659
18,281
30
260,839
 K 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
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 ...
68
Motor-vehicles (* 1,553)—
Automobiles (passenger)   1,198
Buses
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from 1
Short circuit .  1
Smoker's carelessness    1
Unknown     3
Boiler insufficiently protected     1
Unknown    1
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion  1
Unknown       1
Electrical appliances    _ 5
Furnace, combustible materials too near -  2
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion — ._ — 1
Hot grease, ignition of    4
Incendiary    — 3
Inflammable vapours, ignition of  — 1
Oil burner, defective equipment _  1
Short circuit     2
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed  —  8
In unlisted locations  _    27
While intoxicated    _ 1
Sparks from bonfire  1
Stoves or stove pipes, combustible materials too
near   _  9
Unknown    _ 3
Candles and open flames _ —   2
Collision    19
Defective battery connection _   6
Defective muffler    2
Defective wiring  47
Electrical appliances    11
Electrical wiring overloaded   1
Engine backfiring _.    199
Exposure      16
Fireworks  3
Friction—
In brake drum  -   5
In tires    7
Gasoline—
Broken line    94
Carelessness with    18
On exhaust pipe    - 25
Vapour explosion .  12
Heat radiation    1
Hot grease, ignition of    15
Incendiary  — _ — 21
Matches—
Carelessness with    2
Children with    9
Motor-vehicle upset  13
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Improper use of    _  4
Sparks from ,    3
Short circuit  244
Smokers' carelessness . 270
Sparks from bonfire    6
Unknown      143
Engine backfiring —	
Friction in brake drum.
Short circuit _:	
$602
691
466
75,856
$16,8111
556
$75,261
4,502
2,937
579
5,554
1,064
100
57,286
948
2,243
102
42
2,479
45,048
$550
26,3%
601
142
5,356
2,283
48
59,243
3,826
429
1,033
6,038
35,077
3,221
6,455
1,991
5
11,361
20,536
1,085
3,154
10,125
4,980
885
58,842
48,436
5,639
63,086
$380,823
1,590
256
$2,446
$78,352
1,367
13,000
17,367
198,145
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
K 25
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles—Continued
Motor-cycles 	
15
Tractors    (bulldozers,
graders, etc   —     90
Trailers and semi-trailers      14
Trucks
229
Collision _ 	
Engine backfiring .
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with _
On exhaust pipe	
Motor-vehicle upset
Short circuit	
Unknown  	
Defective battery connection .
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances	
Engine backfiring	
Exposure
Friction in tires	
Gasoline—■
Broken line	
Carelessness with	
On exhaust pipe	
Vapour explosion 	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Motor-vehicle upset .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Improper use of	
Sparks from	
Short circuit	
Smoker's carelessness    	
Sparks from bonfire	
Unknown    	
Electrical wiring overloaded	
Exposure  _ 	
Friction—
In brake drum 	
In tires	
Motor-vehicle upset 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, defective-
Collision   	
Defective muffler	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances
Engine backfiring	
Exposure  	
Friction—
In brake drum	
In tires
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gasoline—
Broken line   	
Carelessness with	
On exhaust pipe 	
Torch  	
Vapour explosion
Heat radiation	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary .
Inflammable vapours, ignition of.
Matches, children with	
Motor-vehicle upset.
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Short circuit	
,1
2
2
5
24
3
3
2
3
3
21
6
11
1
3
1
2
7
1
5
1
4
55
$1,450
620
40
600
630
100
51
475
$3,966
$15
1,339
1,143
1,127
400
296
16,386
4,117
1,062
4,162
11,453
20,125
17,500
4,071
12,770
183
1,213
126,207
$223,569
$5,516
2,875
3,700
13,677
59,000
3,000
$87,768
$100
400
3,852
3,623
45,603
849
495
325
1,475
3,888
35,078
10,936
19,782
150
7,800
29
1,750
10,040
600
464
14,000
7,970
43,180
 K 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Mushroom-houses
Offices	
Oil-houses
Oil-storage tanks	
Paper and pulp mills -
Peat plants .
Piggeries —
Pile-drivers .
Poolrooms -
Post offices
Poultry-houses
Power-houses
Power-shovels	
Pumps and pump-houses.
Radio stations
Railroad rolling-stock
Railroad stations and properties  	
Restaurants 	
 1
47
Smokers' carelessness .
Sparks from bonfire —
Sparks from grinder —
Spontaneous ignition -
Unknown	
Stove, combustible materials too near.
Electrical appliances —	
Exposure
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment  ,	
Incendiary .	
Matches, children with	
Oil burner, defective equipment	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown —	
12
3
1
1
39
Hot oil, ignition of.
Unknown	
Short circuit	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances -
Hot oil, ignition of _
Spontaneous ignition
Unknown	
Short circuit.
Spontaneous ignition
Unknown
Short circuit	
Smoker's carelessness
Incendiary
Spontaneous ignition
Defective boiler	
Defective brooder	
Electrical appliances
Incendiary	
Short circuit	
Smoker's carelessness
Sparks from bonfire	
Engine backfiring
Short circuit	
Unknown 	
Short circuit	
Defective chimney .	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion .
Short circuit	
Sparks from bonfire .
Unknown	
Electrical appliances	
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Incendiary
Molten metal	
Sparks from bonfire	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown	
Incendiary 	
Smoker's carelessness
Candle carelessness —
Electrical appliances _
Exposure  -
$2,993
1,648
200
500
74,494
$292,224
$111
136
345
2,700
1,029
602
105,261
11,021
26,997
$10,729
150
$467
11,062
28,936
10,078
14,274
$2,337
21,376
$1,500
500
$450
514
508
1,206
1,300
3,500
2,610
$2,849
150
17,316
$3,462
2,300
250
669
1,348
$1,400
100
1,050
335
1,500
24,953
$4,700
50
$57
15,238
1,014
*$990,796
50
148,202
10,879
750
64,817
23,713
400
7,112
594
2,000
10,088
20,315
250
8,029
50
29,338
4,750
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
K 27
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Rinks (curling)
Rinks (ice skating)
Rooming-houses	
Sawmills
Schools
87
31
Sheds
167
Gasoline—
Torch	
Used to kindle fire .
Vapour explosion
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of .
Incendiary .
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness —
Sparks from mill burner .
Thawing pipes	
Unknown 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers* carelessness
Unknown	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Chimney, sparks from _
Electrical appliances	
Exposure	
Fireplace,  sparks from
Fireworks 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In the home 	
In unlisted locations .	
While intoxicated	
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Unknown	
Boilers or boiler pipes, defective or overheated .
Defective wiring	
Dust explosion
Electrical appliances _
Friction—
In conveyor belt	
In machinery	
Furnace, sparks from
Incendiary 	
Lightning   	
Open flame .
Oxy-gas  welding  or cutting  equipment,  sparks
from  _
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from mill burner .
Spontaneous ignition
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown 	
Children playing with fire	
Electrical appliances 	
Gas,   natural,   improper   use
equipment	
Incendiary
of   or   defective
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches, children with	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown	
Chimney, sparks from .
Exposure _ 	
Fireworks 	
Gasoline carelessness .
Hot ashes	
Incendiary	
Lightning .
Matches, children with
1
5
5
1
1
23
1
26
500
143
34,345
3,782
226
47,877
200
46
118,591
$804
5,522
115,175
$165
58,884
28,445
677
202
80
6,771
300
8,039
6,111
2,647
4,246
552
23,800
$3,874
2,498
4,300
21,413
11,924
26,954
53,351
80
171
20,000
184,612
32,036
6,381
319
264,303
54,170
16,360
1,116,806
$125
141
700
247
1,330
482
1,285
5,542
$137
9,590
6,253
200
275
14,339
149
15,650
$222,667
121,501
16,972
140,919
1,819,552
9,852
 K 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Sheet-metal works
Shingle-mills	
Ships
Shipyards
Ski lifts _
Smelting plants
1
2
36
Smoke-houses
Steam baths _.
Steel-fabricating plants
Stores
166
Oil burners—
Defective equipment.
Sparks from	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness .
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from grinder	
Spontaneous ignition .
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Explosion
Insufficiently protected .
Unknown	
Chimney, sparks from .
Unknown 	
Boiler pipe overheated	
Sparks from mill burner .
Unknown  	
2
3
3
10
25
1
2
3
3
1
4
47
1
1
1
2
1
Oxy-gas welding  or  cutting  equipment,
from	
Unknown  	
Unknown 	
sparks
Chemical explosion	
Chimneys-
Defective or overheated
Sparks from	
Dust explosion .
Electrical appliances	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Friction—
In conveyor belt	
In pulley
Furnaces or furnace pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Defective	
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from .
Spontaneous ignition	
Steam pipes insufficiently protected .
Unknown  	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown	
Molten metal 	
Oil burner, sparks from
Unknown	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Furnace insufficiently protected	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion .
Gasoline—
Lamp
Vapour explosion
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment 	
Heat radiation	
Oil burners—
Broken line  	
Sparks from	
Short circuit 	
•2
1
1
6
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
15
20
1
$450
3,221
941
6,856
10,359
9,321
6,052
4,200
5,346
1,669
6,214
23,427
$242
23,000
$400
4,700
187
$50
60
50
265
75
136
180
1,044
90
2,025
500
35
250
115
20
100
910
495
300
10,258
25,093
$265,554
500
515
$130
60,445
108,101
50
211
30
607
$124,649
23,342
5,287
27,418
201
4,821
42,051
50
215
266,569
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
K 29
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Stores and apartments..
30
Stores and dwellings .
11
Stores and offices .
7
Stores and rooms
Tar pots 	
Telephone booths .
Tents   	
Theatres
Trailers (house)
60
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches—■
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Oil burners—
Defective 	
Defective equipment
Explosion
Oxy-gas  welding or cutting equipment,  sparks
from	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from grinder	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Insufficiently protected 	
Unknown 	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Matches, children with	
Oil burner, defective equipment
Short circuit
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove, combustible materials too near	
Unknown  	
2
12
2
2
4
1
3
2
1
9
55
7
1
3
1
21
1
3
2
2
1
1
17
1
2
Chimney, sparks from  _       1
Defective wiring
Electrical appliances
Incendiary
Matches, children with
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire ._
Unknown  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment       2
Smokers' carelessness         5
Electrical appliances  	
Matches, carelessness with	
Oil burner, defective equipment
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire	
Unknown   _ 	
Tar, ignition of .
Incendiary
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment	
Matches, children with	
Unknown  	
Furnace pipe insufficiently protected  1
Short circuit     1
Candle carelessness     1
Electrical appliances    3
Friction in tires    1
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion      3
Improper installation of appliance  _. 1
Improper use of or defective equipment   2
Gasoline stove       1
$568
52,319
20,438
158
10,131
412
1,508
507
81,916
47,326
19,604
23,913
205
10,117
5,750
414,373
$684
15,960
6,275
100
400
1,209
8,602
235
125
$738
12,752
1,201
22,500
247
319
688
29,308
11,874
$3,524
3,069
$350
100
150
2,800
28,700
1,068
$250
33
686
$36,229
25
$7,450
4,865
10,000
2,572
5,662
846
3.250
$858,819
33,590
79,627
6,593
33,168
95
5
%9
36,254
 K 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Trestles   	
Tugboats  	
Warehouses
Water tanks 	
Welding-machines
Wharves
Woodworking plants
Workshops
43
15
Totals 6,977
Matches, children with
Oil burners—
Defective   	
Defective equipment
Explosion  	
Short circuit _ _
Smokers' carelessness _
Spontaneous ignition
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Insufficiently protected	
Thawing  pipes	
Unknown   	
Unknown   	
Gasoline—
Broken line  	
Carelessness with	
Vapour  explosion 	
Smoker's carelessness	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown   	
Electrical appliances
Exposure   	
Incendiary
Matches, children with
Oil burners—
Defective   	
Explosion    	
Sparks from	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness _
Sparks from bonfire .—
Sparks from grinder 	
Spontaneous ignition ._
Unknown  	
Sparks from mill burner
Gasoline, broken line	
Smoker's carelessness	
Furnace, defective	
Electrical appliances	
Incendiary   	
Oil burners—
Defective   	
Sparks from 	
Short circuit 	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from grinder 	
Spontaneous ignition	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Insufficiently protected	
Unknown	
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,  sparks
from 	
Electrical wiring overloaded  	
Incendiary       .
Smoker's carelessness 	
Exposure    	
Oxy-gas  welding   or  cutting   equipment,
from    	
sparks
$175
5,649
9,137
927
13,835
12,108
4,000
2,994
11,702
100
44,683
$30,347
894
1,089
100
4,585
90,119
$2,147
22,000
4,342
3,734
7,626
11,322
3,582
639
28,192
137
20
41,813
395,785
$50
545
$1,176
50,478
200
$5,945
688
100
$1,044
1,050
6,000
600
396
1,256
400
170
1,357
1,056
2,162
2,012
139,955
176
127,134
521,339
800
595
51,854
6,733
17,503
$14,137,784
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
TABLE VI.—SUMMARY
Fires Reported
K 31
City
District
Town
Village
Local
Fire
Municipali
Municipali
Municipali
Municipali
Districts
Districts
Total
ties (32)
ties (33)
ties (8)
ties (58)
(2)
(18)
1%5
January
297
195
14
11
1
118
636
February
244
148
7
14
	
71
484
367
257
224
156
8
3
23
19
1
128
%
751
April
531
May
316
160
6
9
	
97
588
June
306
192
9
12
1
102
622
Tilly
293
224
180
166
9
4
20
15
2
110
106
614
August
515
September
275
147
17
8
100
547
October	
255
180
6
12
	
Ml
564
November
220
152
10
17
1
88
488
December
297
180
16
24
2
118
637
Totals       	
3,351
2,080
109
184
8
1,245
6,977
Amount of Loss
1965
January
$354,686
248,750
335,496
499,836
986,814
409,251
388,353
196,568
465,688
210,575
200,352
460,616
$374,848
265,017
436,519
181,184
201,135
215,474
219,640
400,933
121,346
120,704
136,543
182,611
$130,768
1,695
2,701
7,998
2,581
103,290
12,478
8,066
42,662
2,580
10,506
17,197
$48,009
73,626
72,320
75,922
16,666
3,561
352,563
20,442
6,785
13,134
16,822
178,183
$25,000
$366,589
407,177
507,663
362,824
471,184
384,534
475,387
446,956
524,469
579,098
340,144
408,132
$1,299,900
996,265
March
183
100
1,300
1,354,882
1,127,764
May
..linn
July.    _
1,678,380
1,116,210
1,449,721
1,072,965
September	
1,160,950
October	
926,091
November       	
December 	
650
2,900
705,017
1,249,639
Totals  _
$4,756,985
$2,855,954
$342,522
$878,033
$30,133
$5,274,157
$14,137,784
 ;K 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE VII.
-TEN-YEAR COMPARATIVE STATEMENT
OF FIRE LOSSES
City MunicipaUties
District Municipalities
Village I
Year
Town Municipalities
Municipalities
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1965             .   - -_
3,351
3,366
3,233
3,570
3,788
3,823
4,097
4,101
4,050
4,251
$4,756,985
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
2,080
2,166
2,113
2,270
2,386
2,324
2,487
2,381
2,197
1,999
$2,855,954
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
109
71
61
79
74
51
45
35
$342,522
242,674
339,654
61,020
91,151
124,547
187,388
49,173
184
245
246
261
292
301
350
312
317
325
$878,033
1964   —     '	
830,912
1963            	
634,304
1962
720,592
1961         -   -
816,261
1960         -
382,782
19SQ
1,045,840
1958	
718,375
1057
491,843
1956
813,436
Totals..	
37,630
$50,720,117
22,403
$29,270,870
525
$1,438,129
2,833
$7,332,378
Year
Local Districts
Fires
Losses
Fire Districts
Fires
Losses
Total
Fires
Losses
1965-
1964-
1963-
1962..
1961-
1960-
1959-
1958..
1957-
1956..
Totals-
$30,133
4,263
4,963
440
1,245
1,265
1,258
1,430
1,309
1,323
1,289
1,234
1,233
1,263
19
$39,799 | 12,849
I
$5,274,157
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
$57,652,591
6,977
$14,
7,118
14,
6,915
13,
7,612
14,
7,849
13,
7,822
18,
8,268
14,
8,063
12,
7,797
14,
7,838
15,
76,259
$146,
437,784
985,863
792,731
346,870
494,934
290,383
859,552
702,394
534,628
308,745
.453,884
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1965
TABLE VIII.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1956-65
K 33
Occupancy
Number
of
Fires
Cause of Fire
Loss of Life
Men      Women  Children    Total
Apartments..
Dwellings.
Fishing-boats..
Hotels	
Machine-shops..
Motor-vehicles-
Outdoors..
Rest homes	
Rooming-houses..
Sheds..
Stores-
Tugboats..
Warehouses..
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
Totals,
1965.
1964.
1963.
1962
1961.
1960
1959.
1958.
1957.
1956.
Ten-year totals..
41
Smokers' carelessness (6)-
Inbed (4) 	
In the home (2)... 	
Unknown (1)..
Children playing with fire (1)..
Defective chimney (1)	
1 Electrical appliances (1)..
Electrical wiring overloaded (!)___	
Furnaces or furnace pipes (2) —
Combustible materials too near (1)..
Insufficiently protected (1)	
Gasoline (5)—
Carelessness (2) .	
Lamp (2)_
Used to kindle fire (1)	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of (1)1
Kerosene (2) —
Carelesness (1)..
Used to kindle fire (1)	
Matches, children with (2)..
Short circuit (1)1
| Smokers' carelessness (14) —
In bed (4)..
In the home (4).	
In unlisted locations (2)	
While intoxicated (4)	
Stoves or stove pipes (3) —
Defective (1)..
Insufficiently protected (2)	
Unknown (7)	
Unknown (1) _
| Smoking while intoxicated (1)_
| Gasoline carelessness (1)	
! Collision (1)- 	
j Friction in tires (1)	
Incendiary (1)..
Motor-vehicle upset (1) 	
Smoking while intoxicated (1)_
Fell into campfire (1)	
Matches, children with (1)	
Smokers' carelessness (2)	
Electrical appliances (2)	
I Smokers' carelessness (4) —
In bed (2).
2    I
1
1
1
71
51
54
69
60
56
63
46
67
63
While intoxicated (2)	
Gasoline carelessness (1)_
Incendiary (1)_
| Smoker's carelessness (1)	
Spontaneous ignition (1)	
Smoker's carelessness (1)	
46
28
35
47
33
38
47
28
45
38
17
9
15
13
19
14
9
14
12
16
385
138
28
24
23
38
27
19
30
25
41
31
4
2
1
3
1
1
1
1
4
2
4
2
2
1
1
6
1
4
4
2
5
1
3
10
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
3
2
2
1
1
1
2
1
91
61
73
98
79
71
86
67
98
85
286
809
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
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