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 THE
FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
FORTY-FIFTH
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS, 1966
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1968
  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-fifth Annual Report of
the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31, 1966.
Victoria, B.C., March 31, 1967.
ROBERT W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
  TABLE OF CONTENTS
Report of the Fire Marshal.
Page
.     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 VIII.—Loss of Life, 1957-66  33
Table IX.—Twenty-year Fire Loss (Graph)  34
  REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, B.C., March 31, 1967.
The Honourable Robert W. Bonner, Q.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I beg to submit the Forty-fifth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for
the year ended December 31, 1966. Although there is a slight decrease in the
number of fires over last year, the monetary loss has risen considerably. There were
6,903 fires with a loss of $23,145,579. A glance at Table III will show that the
greatest increase is in the cities and fire districts, the former due in part to increased
values and the latter to a number of large loss fires. Fifty-three of our fires of over
$50,000 each accounted for some $12,000,000 of our loss. With the exception
of two large losses in our cities, most of these fires occurred in unorganized districts.
I am pleased to report a decrease in deaths due to fire, but, as always, the
greater number of these fires occurred in the home. Out of the 58 with a loss of
life, 44 took place in homes (apartments, dwellings, rooming houses) and were
responsible for 49 deaths. More fire-prevention education to recognize home fire
hazards is still urgendy needed, especially as 50 per cent of these fires were due to
our ever-present leading cause—smokers' carelessness.
ACTIVITIES OF ENGINEERING DIVISION
During the year this Division approved 1,226 structural plans for public buildings, plans for bulk plants for inflammable liquids, compressed-gas and fertilizer
plants; plans for distributing systems for compressed gas and oil refineries. A
total of 251 general inspections was made, and 42 inspections under the Compressed Gas Regulation. Seventeen projectionist examinations were held—seven
first class, five second class, and five restricted.
ACTIVITIES OF INVESTIGATION DIVISION
This Division investigated 474 fires throughout the year. The results of these
investigations are set out in Table I. These investigations terminated in 19 Court
appearances, 15 attendances at inquests, and 1 official inquiry.
ACTIVITIES OF FIRE-FIGHTER INSTRUCTIONAL UNITS
These units were responsible for 366 instructional sessions, with a total of
957 fire-fighters receiving training, these men coming from 61 different municipal
fire departments. A total of 1,098 hours of instruction was provided, with a total
attendance for the year of 4,335. The units have been responsible for some 275
inspections and approvals of compressed-gas systems, 476 inspections of buildings
to eliminate fire hazards, 58 lectures to various groups, and 30 inspections of summer camps.
7
 N 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA
ACTIVITIES OF EMERGENCY FIRE DEFENCE PLAN
The activities of this section included 3 zone meetings, 4 organization meetings,
and 58 lectures.
GENERAL DUTIES, ALL DIVISIONS
General duties of all divisions covered escorts of radioactive materials, lectures
at fire departments and Local Assistant Fire Marshal orientation courses, supervision of fireworks displays, meetings, lectures, courses, and many other assignments in the course of duty. They also responded to emergencies such as inflammable-liquid spillage accidents and, on request, assisted in the disposal of dangerous
explosives.
During emergencies, pumpers manned by our instructors were sent to
Chetwynd, Penticton, and the Rayonier fire. We also provided fire apparatus for
Fort Steele and Barkerville, and provided instruction on the operation of this
apparatus.
During the year four municipal fire-protection surveys were made under section 9 of the Fire Marshal Act.
Our film library has been used extensively during the year, and we have
supplied film to various departments and groups following 514 requests.
Amendments to regulations passed pursuant to the Fire Marshal Act made
during the year included an amendment to the Regulations Governing the Construction, Installation, and Maintenance of Chimneys, Fireplaces, Smokepipes, and Furnace Chambers, and another to the Regulation Governing the Manufacture, Sale,
Storage, Carriage, and Disposal of Inflammable Liquids and Oils.
During the year, and for the first time in 10 years, the Province of British
Columbia was host to the annual conference of the Association of Canadian Fire
Marshals and Fire Commissioners. Representatives came from all across Canada
and the United States, and we also had a divisional fire officer from Singapore who
was here under the Colombo Plan to study fire-prevention methods in Canada.
I would like to thank the members of the various fire and police departments,
the British Columbia Research Council, the National Harbours Board, civil defence
organizations, and my own staff for excellent co-operation during the year. I
would also like to thank 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.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
BASIL NIXON,
Fire Marshal.
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1966
N 9
TABLE I.—FIRES INVESTIGATED BY THE OFFICE OF THE
FIRE MARSHAL
Fires investigated—
Accident or negligence
Incendiary 	
Unknown 	
Investigations
130
243
101
Total
474
Charges Laid
Number of persons charged
Total, 68
Adults
34
Number of charges laid (in some cases more than one
charge was laid against the same person)—
Arson   27
Setting fire to other substances     9
Other offences      9
Total, 80
Juveniles
34
28
7
Disposition of Charges
Convicted	
Dismissed	
Stay of proceedings __
Setded out of Court
Acquitted 	
Withdrawn 	
Pending 	
23
5
5
Total, 80
Persons not charged—Committed to mental hospital
Convictions for false alarms	
1
4
7
20
2
2
4
Total, 14
 N 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IL—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL
City Municipalities (32)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
96
1.151
5
New Westminster	
North Vancouver   	
2,602
2,961
1,050
92
706
174
1,010
495
311
682
30,019
799
9,245
451
384
2
38      it      	
7
778
1,344
94
29
187
27
1,426
746
13
1,279
1,019
2
1
8
6
2
2
39
Port Coquitlam	
Port Moody	
Dawson Creek 	
1
3
Revelstoke-	
Rossland	
Trail
Vancouver  	
Vernon- —
Victoria   	
White Rock 	
1       15
Grand Forks
Kamloops  	
30
2
Kimberley  	
Totals _.	
58,824
509
District Municipalities (39)
9,646
442
81
676
103
2,102
454
14
6
i
1
3
2
3
1
1,131
2,084
1
2
Oak Bay 	
15
Chilliwhack _
Port Hardy   	
Powell River 	
Richmond           	
Delta   -	
637
221
2
22
Gold River	
Salmon  Arm..	
Spallumcheen 	
56
63
1,893
47     '
491
300     ■
Kpnt
557
21     '
Langley	
Summerland 	
Tadanac	
Terrace— 	
West Vancouver 	
Totals   ,,.
411
9
359
41
1
4
North Saanich 	
21,840
62
Town Municipalities (10)
273
34
68
	
i
2
163
Creston. 	
Fort St. John 	
North Kamloops	
Quesnel  	
i
Totals	
538
3
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1966
N 11
TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL-^Continued
Village Municipalities (58)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
56
9
13
10     i
1
1
2
Natal           	
11
4
~422
~~ 3
151
38
17
42
1
2
Aennofield            	
AWt Ray
New Denver.. -	
5
inn Mi(p. House
Chetwynd	
Clinton	
Pemberton	
Port Edward
Port McNeill        	
■     	
2
i
2
Harrison Hot Springs	
Sechelt             	
1
4
69
53     I
15
128     '
Slocan	
Taylor..
Telkwa            _   .
i
23
3
i
Tofino          .  .         .
Lytton 	
Valemount	
Vanderhoof   	
Warfield-	
;  —
Montrose	
22
Totals	
1,095
15
Local Districts (2)
Cache Creek-
Guisachan	
Fire Districts (17)
Cariboo, County of	
8
132
33
46
714
2
~~6
1
1
2
Sooke	
University Area	
Vancouver, County of— 	
1,464
I
it   i
	
loco	
	
Nanaimo, County of	
View Royal     - -
Westminster, County of	
Yale, County of	
Totals --	
	
2
158
2,577
14
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
1966..
1965..
1964..
1963-
1962..
1961-
I960-
1959-
1958-
1957-
Inspections
— 84,874
_ 83,678
— 82,758
__ 92,088
_.. 88,441
— 93,826
.... 95,259
.... 91,330
_. 91,959
— 86,684
Orders
603
178
151
100
192
196
154
498
647
975
 N 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (32)
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Alberni	
Armstrong-
Chilliwack..
Courtenay	
Cranbrook-	
Dawson Creek-
Duncan -	
Enderby	
Fernie 	
Grand ForkS-
Greenwood	
Kamloops..	
Kelowna	
Kimberley	
Langley -
Nanaimo —
Nelson	
26
22
17
7
50
16
2
6
15
6
32
100
12
5
59
33
$35,510
"76434
34,983
7,491
923,459
44,163
45,223
2,139
19,204
12,424
83,381
118,631
40,659
34,465
30,696
20,772
New Westminster-
North Vancouver..
Penticton- 	
Port Alberni 	
Port Coquitlam	
Port Moody 	
Prince George.	
Prince Rupert	
Revelstoke 	
Rossland	
Trail _ _
Vancouver 	
Vernon 	
Victoria ._
White Rock-
188
$4,892,804
122
60,952
64
44,254
77
83,798
24
35,451
20
1           6,576
146
234,938
60
237,204
29
53,146
10
9,577
43
5,180
821
2,898,034
24
1         16,425
299
225,509
15
6,946
Totals-
3,350   ' $10,340,128
District Municipalities (39)
407
32
12
54
8
61
59
53
5
4
4
1
27   i
25
1
41    i
29
15   i
32   i
7
177
$487,203
199,072
6,113
95,090
18,089
73,452
64,531
1         15,157
8,406
7,831
6,856
4,103
28,153
75,239
	
Oak Ray
53
3
8
5
1
20
194
176
10
3
1
8
9
19
248
37
36
142
$31,718
'           6,125
Central Saanich	
Pitt Meadows :	
Port Alice _	
82,519
71,056
551
Coquitlam	
Delta	
Powell River ■
37,264
369,838
Saanich	
Salmon Arm  	
Spallumcheen	
146,413
Fraser Mills _	
21,911
13,988
616
Kent	
40,617
64,766
52,810
214,349
Langley	
Summerland	
Surrey   _	
96,797
74,858
61,738
76,960
115,980
259,504
138,825
93,827
Mission 	
West Vancouver	
Totals 	
2,026
$3,173,114
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1966
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Town Municipalities (10)
N  13
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Castlegar..
Creston.	
Fort St. John-
Hope	
Ladysmith	
Merritt	
9
15
18
11
13
11
$9,248
87,154
26,382
6,989
33,522
29,130
Mission City	
North Kamloops.-
Quesnel..
Williams Lake-
Totals-
6
23
21
17
144
$1,126
153,395
147,445
60,504
$554,895
Village Municipalities (58)
Natal	
2   i
1
10   I
2   I
7
7
I
2
1
2   i
5 I
4
I
4    !
8
3
14
2
1
6 I
1
4   '
1    i
6
6
1
5
2
2
7
1    '
7   >
4
5   !
3
I
2
6
2
3
4
2
4
4
4
4
6
1
1
3
1
4
1
$1,641
7,410
$46
New Denver 	
2,000
Alert Bay	
50,201
3,512
6,960
13
40,836
20,065
881
212
100 Mile House-—	
768
9,350
Parksville 	
4,923
Clinton 	
Comox - 	
Port Edward	
Port  McNeill	
Pouce Coupe _   	
11,800
21
245
68,573
183
1           1,821
27,066
1,007
4,415
Salmon Arm- 	
Sechelt	
2,042
Sidney - - 	
3,395
...
10,330
10,456
296
:           2,250
3,586
92,468
3,591
79
5,475
11,788
146,576
246
Telkwa	
193,831
Toflno	
1,789
5,089
10
125,010
20
	
511
2,900
Vanderhoof	
Warfield   .
21,210
1,744
3,900
Montrose	
187
$912,541
Local Districts  (2)
Cache Creek-
Guisachan	
$11,250
 N 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Fire Districts (17)
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Cariboo, County of_
Colwood  _
loco	
Kootenay, County of_
Langford-
Nanaimo, County of„
Ocean Falls	
Prince George	
Prince Rupert, County of_
Sooke	
University Area.
346
9
T37
16
175
99
7
17
$3,163,598
3,427
903,659
16,065
1,095,756
1,291,072
13,325
9,473
Vancouver, County of-
Vernon	
Victoria, County of~
View  Royal	
Westminster, County of-
Yale, County of.	
Totals-
Grand totals..
61
~34
10   I
29
254
$337,846
95,452
12,149
129,515
1,082,314
1,194
$8,153,651
6,903
$23,145,579
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 	
Number
27
33
1
Amount of Loss
$40,128
22,385
200
10
18,080
327
1,268,428
57
231,353
4
506
10
49,297
2,159
8,521,403
1,457
2,503,588
97
523,026
158
901,972
2
11,250
812
7,309,723
837
510,169
479
415,788
42
31,163
29
10,569
362
776,551
Totals
6,903
$23,145,579
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1966
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES
N  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— 	
73
27
Collision-
Defective battery connection-
Defective brooder	
Defective muffler	
Defective wiring 	
Dust explosion-
Electrical appliances and equipment (improper use of appliance or defective
equipment)
Electrical wiring overloaded-
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from..
Engine 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 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	
17
102
14
2
4
2
11
16
4
25
11
9
6
42
2
10
125
83
51
2
13
13
72
38
285
3
49
1
16
100
27
2
4
7
106
3
343
10
2
273
152
119
24
33
56
57
20
359
13
33
414
243
52
10
5
323
$175,544
24,984
$7,379
62,794
$1,315
14,116
54,527
56,266
10,816
$19,399
22,185
104,636
5,720
$51,245
22,505
71,614
$56,257
10,503
17,077
$106,053
117,020
60,803
345
15,514
16,319
331,516
$8,699
18,654
956
$44,030
374,116
$2,677
34,666
80
5,286
200,528
69,748
137
8,250
2,310
176,647
1,086
1,961,915
86,139
770
111,929
4,750,712
70,173
32,670
137,040
151,940
145,364
83,837
647,570
3,049
60,971
288,844
774,179
58,999
28,309
71,162
418,146
 N 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
Causes of Fires
Total
Number
Amount of
Loss
Molten metaL
Motor-vehicle upset-
Oil burners—■
Broken line	
Defective 	
Defective equipment-
Explosion	
Sparks from	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, etc-
Improper use of	
Sparks from	
Short circuit-
Smokers' carelessness-
In bed- 	
In the home	
In unlisted locations-
While intoxicated	
Sparks from bonfire—
Sparks from bush fire-
Sparks from engine—
Sparks from forge-
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..
1
85
49
58
1
10
65
344
919
548
13
Insufficiently protected-
Sparks from	
Thawing pipes..
Unknown	
3
22
194
75
648
$1,650
162,693
59,314
225,760
190
$799,588
722,585
$136,458
564,650
326,596
30,338
1,824
98
4
2
1
1
20
21
3
173
8
2
66
12
$87,415
21,172
2,680
170,047
12,408
Totals-
261
9
858
6,903
$775
128,869
449,607
1,522,173
1,125,237
1,058,042
112,006
48,431
1,809
2,500
150
397,305
80,898
6,100
293,722
29,651
7,503,171
$23,145,579
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1966 N  17
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount
of Loss
382
1
2
5
2
3
7
53
3
1
1
2
3
14
1
4
1
4
1
1
2
1
3
44
15
1
2
9
5
2
4
2
7
40
127
31
2
13
4
1
31
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
2
1
4
1
1
1
2
1
4
1
11
4
2
2
$1,016
100
140
240
1,677
2,588
100
17,949
75
15,983
3,000
634
1,212
20
290
18,536
42,519
11,381
145
62,814
2,784
545
1,461
1,250
45,956
10,349
86,796
63,705
7,784
1,423
2.850
2,500
565,599
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated      	
Electrical appliances    	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or de-
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equip-
Gasoline—
Stoves, lamps, torches    , ,,	
Matches—
Oil burners—
Explosion    	
Oxy-gas   welding   or   cutting   equipment,   sparks
from      	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed    _       __	
In unlisted locations    	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Insufficiently protected   	
$973,421
100
Armouries   	
$277
80
Asphalt plants and tanks.—
Friction in machinery	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment
357
Bakeries - -     	
$3,075
805
34,150
Incendiary  	
Electrical appliances    .,
Stove, combustible material too near 	
Hot ashes  	
38,030
$15
200
Barber-shops   and   beauty-
215
$328
53
Gasoline—
Barges and scows - 	
$9,695
3,200
50
635
13,580
Barns and stables —	
$7,191
1,400
564
152,931
217
20,838
9,825
1,800
6,612
Matches—
Carelessness with   	
Children with   	
'
Sparks from bonfire    	
 N 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
6
1
6
2
3
2
4
18
16
3
1
4
18
6
Spontaneous ignition      	
6
-    19
$34,620
92,069
..     2
$328,067
$764
5,408
1,925
360
100
1
1
1
-      1
Stove, combustible material too near -	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from 	
Smokers' carelessness—
1
—     4
8,557
2,386
Blacksmith-shops   	
$579
60
2
639
$6
12
18
$400
22,977
50
Oil-burner explosion „—  __ ...
Smoker's carelessness    	
....      2
23,427
3,052
Bowling-alleys __  _	
$2,800
252
Bridges -.__ __	
$2,800
28,200
.     2
Electrical appliances     —_.  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of
Incendiary      _  .  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of  -._	
Matches, children with    	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from	
1
1
1
1
--      5
—     2
1
.     2
31,000
Buildings under construction
$100
582
50
100
3,224
11,402
1,055
550
30
1,156
—      1
..     3
—      1
18,249
$1,417
2,716
4,199
500
5,160
2,640
740
635
73,048
--     1
Kerosene carelessness    	
1
1
—      1
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near  	
Defective       ._. _ -   	
1
1
....      1
....      8
2
91,055
Canneries (fish) 	
$10,366
3,600
1
       1
13,966
7,592
$80
200
347
1,874
—      1
—      1
1
1
...      1
1
6
2,501
Churches and church prop-
$312
1,100
5,837
514
1,076
143
20,381
3
4
1
2
Matches, children with   -	
Smokers' carelessness      —
1
4
-       1
29,363
Clubs    „	
$77
716
30
823
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1966
N  19
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
)       5
5
1
3
2
1
1
1
1
3
1
3,047
$1,250
34,084
1,878
599
1,125
Smoker's carelessness      —-       1
Unknown -  —-  	
$38,936
Coal and lumber yards _
$875
100
30
45
Incendiary - - 	
Electrical appliances      - —.      1
Hot oil, ignition of  -       2
1,050
378
Cold-storage plants 	
Compressors  	
$150
628
Oil burners—
Defective _	
Defective equipment   	
       1
778
$2,800
9,544
12,344
21,928
Copper-mills  	
$120
200
54
Cranes  	
5,220
Dairies  -  	
13,060
Distilleries 	
Dredges   	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of        1
150
Smoker's carelessness    .	
     41
Smoker's carelessness  	
374
65
$27,426
5,082
172,953
16,245
125,665
87,409
14,870
40
30,589
7,304
62,794
14,450
18,804
21,685
100,348
2,509
1,683
12,100
28,527
6,143
20
5,573
1,689
39,108
12,676
13,603
4,353
1,398
22,618
116,982
137,291
19,021
4,500
17,483
956
2,340
Dwellings 	
13
66
—    18
     35
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated  	
Electrical appliances    	
Electrical wiring overloaded 	
237
4
1
Exposure 	
38
16
Fireplaces—
102
10
Furnaces—
     13
Defective    	
3
—    19
      4
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
....     2
2
15
5
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gas, natural—
Improper installation of appliance 	
1
-       5
Gasoline—
1
Carelessness with       	
33
      9
Used to kindle fire   	
Vapour explosion	
12
5
      6
     19
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of -	
303
54
    26
1
Kerosene—
Stoves, lamps, torches       —-
4
2
      2
 N 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
7
2
3
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
2
1
4
1
2
1
1
3
Matches—
—    21
$27,758
213,113
1,650
106,529
20,117
112,381
190
1,184
251,719
85,619
465,973
14,896
21,008
15,456
75
2,500
750
21,542
53,230
20,432
2,600
130,164
8,763
6,953
985,678
-  161
1
    58
- -   29
       31
       1
Oil burners—
Broken line .	
Defective    	
Defective equipment  	
Explosion       ...
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from '
Short circuit  - 	
Smokers' carelessness—
      5
186
  129
In the home   — _ 	
  780
    40
_   .      4
Sparks from bonfire 	
      41
        1
__      1
       1
      7
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near   	
Defective  	
Explosion      —	
  123
        7
       1
-      46
 -     5
5
  236
       1
        1
Sparks from  	
Thawing pipes —  —   -	
Unknown  	
Furnace, combustible materials too near
$3,726,517
$245
1,994
4,500
13,460
2
3
Incendiary  _            1
20,199
Electric-light and telephone
poles   	
$100
150
Sparks from mill burner 	
         *
Hot oil, ignition of —	
250
Electrical    manufacturing
plants 	
$750
100
23,760
Smoker's carelessness                1
Unknown                                               1
Furnace, combustible materials too near
Incendiary     - - 	
Smoker's carelessness  	
Electrical appliances   _ _
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective
ment
24,610
300
854
1,400
Elevators (grain) 	
Engines 	
$400
237
10,158
Factories (can)	
Factories (candy) 	
800
equip-
492
Factories (cement block)	
Electrical appliances               1
Spontaneous ignition        1
637
Factories (cotton processing)
$83
5,480
Unknown „ _       1
Electrical appliances  -  .„       1
5,563
117
Factories  (electroplating)	
Factories (food products) —
$3,233
5,394
5,045
Spontaneous ignition            1
Inflammable vapours, ignition of         1
13,672
6,785
Factories  (furniture)
Factories   (industrial equip-
$100
375
Friction in machinery  	
Spontaneous ignition  	
Electrical appliances  — - —
-      3
475
Factories (paper box) 	
Factories (pipe wrapping)..
Factories (plastic products)
51,750
1,136
1,311
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1966
N 21
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Factories (pre-cast concrete)
Factories (rock-wool insulation)
Factories (rope) 	
Factories (upholstery)
Factories  (veneer and plywood) 	
Fences
Fertilizer plants 	
Film exchanges	
Fire and police stations
Fish hatcheries
Fishing-boats 	
Foundries
Gaols and industrial institutions   _
Garages (private)
13
127
Oxy-welding equipment, improper use of
Smoker's carelessness 	
Chimney, sparks from
Unknown 	
Smoker's carelessness
Unknown 	
Boiler pipes overheated
Electrical appliances	
Incendiary
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from .
Sparks from mill burner  _	
Fireworks     	
Incendiary  _   	
Matches, children with 	
Smokers' carelessness  _	
Unknown  	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Smoker's carelessness   	
Electrical appliances   	
Engine backfiring 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Stove, sparks from 	
Unknown 	
Smoker's carelessness
Electrical appliances ..
Engine backfiring 	
Exposure
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with
On exhaust pipe ..
Vapour explosion
Incendiary 	
Oil burners—
Defective    	
Defective equipment   	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Short circuit  _ 	
Smokers'   carelessness 	
Stove insufficiently protected	
Unknown      	
Electrical appliances
Exposure 	
Hot ashes  —
Sparks from grinder
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances
Exposure 	
Chimney, sparks from
Electrical appliances __
Engine backfiring 	
Exposure   	
Fireworks 	
Gas, natural, explosion
Gasoline—
Carelessness with	
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle
Heat radiation 	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches, children with 	
12
$353
14,731
$13,265
1,225
$2,000
3,295
5
250
1,000
$50
65
55
145
155
$243
1,799
215
162
193
28,680
$92,336
9,950
6,431
19,100
1,421
24,928
38,545
40,970
15,000
15,639
5,700
50,000
3,400
50
21,082
$1,361
3,800
100
150
329,578
$200
50
$50
118
1,029
12,226
1,004
41,450
4,265
330
972
24,059
980
14,881
$15,084
4,168
498
14,490
6,550
470
1,207
25
31,292
133
344,552
334,989
250
 N 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Garages (public)
Grandstands .
Greenhouses
Halls
Hospitals, institutions, and
nursing homes	
Hospitals (animals)
Hotels .
24
Gasoline stations (service)      34
17
49
1
167
Oxy-gas welding equipment—
Improper use of	
Sparks from	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from mill burner 	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown  	
Chimney, defective	
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Gasoline—■
Broken line 	
Carelessness with 	
Vapour explosion	
Oxy-gas welding equipment-
Improper use of	
Sparks from	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances	
Exposure 	
Fireworks 	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with	
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle .
Torch — 	
Vapour explosion
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Oil burners—
Defective  __
Explosion   	
Open flame   	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Incendiary	
Oil burners—
Defective 	
Defective equipment 	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown	
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances
Fireworks 	
Incendiary
Oil-burner explosion __.
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire ....
Unknown	
Candle carelessness ..
Electrical appliances
Incendiary   	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove insufficiently protected	
Unknown 	
Exposure 	
Chimney, sparks from
Electrical appliances	
Exposure 	
Fireworks 	
$330
1,638
7,725
1,047
17,768
8,168
30
61,682
$25
3,291
325
762
2,345
442
1,330
18,091
31,446
3,286
244,950
$38,020
3,845
46
450
15
150
406
100
5,796
1,666
265
5,869
35
3,754
3,766
$646
100
596
250
$140
35
12,727
14,731
24,000
32,457
2,381
42,755
$80
800
75
50
373
798
200
33
$128
7,007
344
1,701
$199,752
306,293
64,183
1,000
1,592
129,226
2,409
2,666
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1966
N 23
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Houseboats ____
Launches and other small
craft 	
Laundries .
Libraries  	
Logging camps
Machine-shops
Meat-packing plants
Medical clinics	
Metal salvage plants . 	
Mines and mining properties
Motor courts   _
46
13
15
94
Gas, natural, improper installation of appliance
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary   	
Matches, children with	
Oil burner, defective  	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from bonfire	
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Unknown	
Unknown .	
Electrical appliances
Engine backfiring 	
Exposure 	
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with _
Vapour explosion _
Incendiary ._	
Short circuit
Sparks from bonfire
Unknown 	
Electrical  appliances 	
Incendiary     	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown 	
Exposure 	
Friction in pulley 	
Gasoline, broken line
Incendiary
Short circuit 	
Sparks from engine
Unknown 	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Short circuit
Sparks from engine ..
Spontaneous ignition
Unknown   	
Electrical appliances 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Stoves or stove pipes-
Combustible materials too near 	
Sparks from  _. 	
Unknown    _ _. 	
Unknown 	
Spontaneous ignition
Unknown 	
Defective wiring  	
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Exposure
2
8
13
1
3
1
5
8
1
1
3
1
1
2
1
1
1
3
4
3
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion   _   	
Improper use of or defective equipment	
Gas, natural, defective equipment  	
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary   	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Matches, children with   _ 	
Molten metal	
Oil burners—
Defective equipment 	
Explosion   	
$1,004
11,117
12,258
750
1,370
25
61,194
25,817
3,500
63
216,586
$1,525
9,160
3,889
1,545
21,414
75,017
545
8,091
25
36,300
$1,310
1,576
50
57,869
$56,000
12,000
4,000
1,296
1,200
28,652
$64,178
32,097
609
3,630
141,807
$119
420
27
238,109
$4,800
690,900
$11,502
21,912
25,861
753
10,838
7,984
7,739
519
15,464
1,027
79
350
1,461
3,660
$342,864
25
157,511
60,805
2,500
103,148
242,321
50,394
238,675
500
695,700
 N 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles (*1,564)—
Automobiles (passenger)... 1,211
Buses
Campers .
Motor-cycles
12
18
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Explosion 	
Unknown   _ 	
17
Collision     	
Defective battery connection  J      2
  -       3
        7
   232
        1
Defective muffler
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances
Engine backfiring 	
Exposure 	
Fireworks    	
Friction—
In brake drum	
In tires 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum,
fective equipment 	
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
improper use of or de-
Carelessness with 	
On exhaust pipe  	
Vapour explosion 	
Heat radiation   	
Hot ashes     	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of
Incendiary  	
Matches—
Carelessness with  	
Children with   	
Motor-vehicle upset  	
Open flame
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of   	
Sparks from  	
Short circuit    	
Smokers'  carelessness —  	
Sparks from bonfire  	
Unknown    _ 	
Exposure  	
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with
On exhause pipe ..
Incendiary    	
Short circuit 	
Unknown   	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion
Improper installation of appliance
Improper use of equipment 	
Gasoline on exhaust pipe 	
Unknown   	
Collision 	
Engine backfiring ..
Gasoline—
Broken line	
On exhaust pipe
Incendiary  	
78
18
28
23
1
1
10
25
4
6
10
1
1
7
279
250
1
115
$75
22,695
6,567
80
202,621
$17,298
137
136
8,043
1,326
71,151
9,276
400
771
5,807
308
31,204
6,881
6,120
9,889
163
80
2,390
25,651
2,087
1,525
9,469
100
25
910
76,287
42,472
150
52,978
$383,034
$50
3,631
500
2,500
6,105
96
701
$13,583
$850
1,950
3,000
100
450
$6,350
$650
1,361
800
90
20
$341,187
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1966
N 25
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles—Continued
Tractors (bulldozers,
graders, etc.) 	
97
Trailers and semi-trailers     12
Trucks
209
Motor-vehicle  upset
Short circuit 	
Unknown   	
Defective muffler    2
Defective wiring     1
Electrical appliances     1
Engine backfiring     7
Exposure    1
Friction in tires    1
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment  1
Gasoline—
Broken line - 7
Carelessness with    5
On exhaust pipe    6
Vapour explosion     1
Incendiary       2
Motor-vehicle upset     _ 3
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from  .  3
Short circuit  _  ..  33
Smoker's carelessness   1
Sparks from bonfire    _ 3
Sparks from bush fire  _ _L  2
Unknown      17
Collision	
Incendiary   _	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Motor-vehicle upset
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from .
Short circuit — 	
Smoker's carelessness
Unknown   -	
Collision 	
Defective muffler -
Defective wiring -
Engine backfiring
Exposure 	
Fireworks  	
Friction—
In brake drum __
In tires 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment.
Gasoline—
Broken line   	
Carelessness with .
On exhaust pipe —
Vapour explosion
Hot ashes 	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of.
Incendiary .
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Kerosene stove	
Matches—
Carelessness with	
Children with _ 	
Motor-vehicle upset
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from.
Short circuit     _	
Smokers' carelessness   .„	
Sparks from bonfire  	
$200
100
500
$3,721
$2,099
767
725
4,777
10,772
1,619
171
17,686
3,021
10,917
90
11,701
84,065
4,144
50,987
300
853
47,248
100,692
$352,634
$19,000
4,000
2,000
21,200
1,750
12,450
100
8,180
$68,680
$32,600
35
905
11,907
2,645
850
544
3,390
7,451
4,675
14,994
17,900
14,026
14,338
216
5,625
1,460
582
1,114
216
15
13,935
4,100
27,948
2,941
1,811
 N 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Mushroom-houses
Offices	
Oil-houses
Paper and pulp mills.
Poolrooms	
Post offices	
Poultry-houses
Power-houses
Printing plants
Pumps and pump houses —
Radio stations
Railroad rolling-stock
Refineries (gasoline, natural
gas, or oil)	
Restaurants
Spontaneous ignition
Unknown 	
Stove insufficiently protected .
Electrical appliances	
Exposure
Furnace, sparks from	
Gas, natural, defective equipment.
Hot grease, ignition of	
Matches, children with	
Oil burner, defective .
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from .
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness	
Spontaneous ignition
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near.
Insufficiently protected	
Unknown 	
Gasoline line, broken .
Unknown 	
Boiler pipe, defective	
Friction in conveyor belt.
Hot grease, ignition of	
Unknown 	
Short circuit	
Smoker's carelessness
Defective brooder	
Defective wiring
Electrical appliances	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment.
Incendiary	
Matches—
Carelessness with	
Children with	
Oil burner, defective	
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances 	
Incendiary	
Unknown 	
Exposure 	
Hot ashes	
Incendiary —
Short circuit
Electrical appliances _
Matches, children with .
Oil burner, defective —
Short circuit 	
Steam pipe insufficiently protected .
Unknown   —
Unknown 	
Incendiary	
Matches, children with .
Open flame 	
Unknown 	
Exposure 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Defective wiring
Exposure 	
$25
64,209
$250,457
$1,800
3,221
265
123
4,000
1,584
1,684
50
994
883
34
25
2,344
86,057
*$1,078,459
25
$10
3,279
$627
11,823
52,500
99,345
$8,250
262
152
145
6,850
1,200
100
134
15,290
$2,500
200
89,841
$1,517
100
675
399
$799
750
1,539
24,569
1,000
1,413
$1,400
158
125
8,464
$7,295
11,000
$26
140
103,064
3,289
164,295
238
175
32,383
92,541
2,691
30,070
2,118
10,147
18,295
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1966
N 27
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Rinks (curling) 	
Rinks (ice skating)
Rooming-houses
64
Sawmills
80
Schools
46
Gas, natural, improper installation of appliance.
Hot grease, ignition of	
Incendiary  	
Oil burner, defective	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown   	
Fireworks 	
Smoker's carelessness
Thawing pipes 	
Children playing with fire .
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated
Sparks from 	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure  	
Hot ashes	
Hot grease 	
Incendiary 	
Oil burner, defective
Short circuit _ 	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In the home
In unlisted locations
While intoxicated
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Sparks from	
Unknown  „   	
Chimney, sparks from .
Dust explosion 	
Electrical appliances
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from .
Exposure   	
Friction—
In conveyor belt 	
In machinery
Furnace, sparks from
Gasoline, broken line .
Incendiary	
Lightning
Matches, children with  	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of 	
Sparks from 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness —
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from mill burner .
Steam pipe insufficiently protected.
Stove insufficiently protected 	
Thawing pipes   	
Unknown  	
Chimney, defective .
Fireworks 	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment   	
Incendiary 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of _ 	
Lightning 	
Matches—■
Carelessness with  	
Children with     	
Oil burner, defective .
$10,483
53,222
7,431
373
64
6,732
475
1,969
376
$54
1,518
977
1,498
4,255
351
85
2,160
60,213
5,418
4,898
163
1,829
212
1,361
100
22,356
$3,067
1,026
1,592,095
350
4,526,652
2,293
2,300
1,429
1,848
11,686
12,841
5,010
785,078
570,605
153,418
6,700
19,110
322,148
5,000
10,289
1,813
664,030
$589
5
75
89,800
5,852
55,981
255
100
100
$80,915
110
384
107,448
8,698,788
 N 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Sheds
154
Sheet-metal works .
Shingle-mills
Ships
Shipyards
Slaughter-houses .
Smelting plants __
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, improper
use of  	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness	
Stove insufficiently protected   	
Unknown   	
Children playing with fire .
Chimney, defective	
Electrical appliances 	
Exposure   	
Fireworks    	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with  	
On exhaust pipe	
Vapour explosion 	
Hot ashes 	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of -
Matches—
Carelessness with   	
Children with 	
Oil burners—
Defective   	
Defective equipment
Explosion
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from 	
Short circuit     	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire —
Sparks from bush fire .
Sparks from mill burner  _
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near -
Insufficiently protected 	
Unknown  	
Exposure  	
Incendiary  __	
Matches, children with .
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from .
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from	
Sparks from mill burner _  	
Unknown    	
Oil-burner explosion .
Smoker's carelessness
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown -   	
Dust explosion 	
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded	
Furnaces or furnace pipes—
Defective — 	
Insufficiently protected .
Sparks from .
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from.
Short circuit	
Smoker's carelessness - 	
Unknown 	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment — 	
Heat radiation 	
Hot oil, ignition of	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of - 	
Molten metal   _ 	
$3,315
145,450
1,187
7,922
953,327
1
$50
1
125
2
1,075
6
14,984
3
768
1
3,040
1
2,055
1
1,050
3
2,804
13
15,645
1
582
3
2,519
24
12,188
1
8,000
?,
550
3
5,699
1
20,000
5
22,702
7
2,141
18
10,358
1
1,108
1
200
1
150
2
2,096
52
61,503
191,392
1
$15,991
1
10,617
1
50
1
57
26,715
1
$125
1
20,000
1
48,465
68,590
1
$5,000
1
300
5,300
1
$646
2
362
1,008
1
9,500
7,
$60
7,
1,420
1
500
1
500
?.
30
2
550
1
150
2
50
1
500
4
745
1
25
5
1,185
8
4,670
1
200
2
17,931
28 "Mfi
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1966
N 29
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Steel-fabricating plants
Stoneworks
Stores 	
1
157
Stores and apartments      25
Stores and dwellings .
13
Stores and offices .
Stores and rooms
Tar pots
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from.
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Molten metal   	
.-_ 1
_ 1
._. 1
Oxy-gas welding equipment, improper use of  1
Exposure .	
Chimneys—
Defective .
Sparks from 	
Electrical appliances	
Electrical wiring overloaded 	
Exposure  	
Fireworks   	
Furnaces or furnace pipes, combustible materials
too near 	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment    	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Hot grease, ignition of  	
Incendiary    	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of _  	
Matches—
Carelessness with   	
Children with     	
Oil burners—■
Defective  	
Defective equipment .
Explosion .
1
1
5
16
3
1
3
1
1
3
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from        2
7
46
1
1
1
6
3
2
1
26
1
1
2
1
1
4
1
2
10
2
Short circuit .
Smokers' carelessness _	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from mill burner  	
Spontaneous ignition  	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Insufficiently protected 	
Sparks from _  	
Thawing pipes  _ 	
Unknown _ _ 	
Candle carelessness ._
Electrical appliances
Exposure
Gas, natural, explosion .
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Match carelessness 	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Unknown  	
Defective wiring _      1
Gasoline carelessness   1
Hot grease, ignition of    _ 1
Short circuit _.      2
Smokers' carelessness    _ 2
Unknown    _ 6
Electrical wiring overloaded .
Incendiary   	
Unknown 	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Exposure .
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment  _ 	
Smokers' carelessness - 	
Unknown   _
Gasoline, broken line
Hot tar, ignition of
$420
7,271
400
9,157
$194
109
29,658
4,783
59,511
559
50
504
3,645
4,069
82,595
1,084
9,300
885
40
709
478
215
57,551
8,364
928
44,889
8,089
7,770
12,913
226
20,000
167,437
$50
82
4,478
34,191
421
5,003
146
283
26,503
8,080
$11,813
414
50
3,052
306
83,295
$40,000
504
7,895
$25
150
355
13,224
13,964
$150
197
$17,248
100
526,555
79,237
98,930
48,399
27,718
347
 N 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Telephone exchanges and
booths	
Tents
Theatres
Trailers (mobile homes)
88
Trash barrels .
64
Tugboats
Warehouses .
28
Water tanks	
Welding-machines
Incendiary 	
Matches, children with .
Electrical appliances
Heat radiation	
Incendiary  	
Matches, children with .
Sparks from bonfire	
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances ..
Oil-burner explosion „
Smoker's carelessness
Collision 	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances .
Exposure .
Furnace insufficiently protected
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion
Improper use of or defective equipment	
Gas, natural, explosion 	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with	
Stove 	
Hot tar, ignition of .
Incendiary	
Kerosene stove	
Matches, children with .
Oil burners—■
Defective 	
Defective equipment
Explosion	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire .
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Thawing pipes	
Unknown 	
Incendiary 	
Matches, children with
Smokers' carelessness ...
Unknown	
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Oil burner, defective	
Short circuit	
Unknown	
Defective wiring
Exposure
Friction in pulley 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary .
Matches, children with	
Oil-burning equipment, defective	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from .
Smoker's carelessness	
Sparks from bonfire  	
Unknown	
Sparks from bonfire _
Engine backfiring	
Gasoline carelessness
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from .
Short circuit	
Unknown	
$25
5
$249
446
100
350
2,059
61
307
$1,711
217
300
$200
7,100
4,135
717
3,911
589
9,348
8,541
2,541
293
100
6,000
57
5,796
15,946
9,079
2,250
7,809
8,672
100
12,416
509
104,512
$195
35
265
2,960
$157,000
500
450
25,000
$1,556
600
266
63
18,008
28,690
200
100
32,094
30
492,378
$150
1,425
191
4,355
806
$30
3,572
2,228
210,621
3,455
182,950
573,985
2,000
6,927
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1966
N 31
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
3
Engine backfiring	
1
1
- .     1
$605
5
750
2
      12
10
6,903
Unknown          	
Boiler pipe overheated	
2
1
2
$1,360
5,540
Wharves	
Woodworking plants	
$50
967
1,059
2,013
58,617
Incendiary 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of 	
Unknown	
Exposure   —	
Gasoline carelessness   	
1
1
7
1
      1
2
62,706
Workshops	
$44
2,600
200
793
644
11,802
627
10,000
Incendiary     	
Oil-burner explosion 	
1
2
.      1
1
Unknown	
1
26,710
$23,145,579
TABLE VI.—SUMMARY
Fires Reported
City
Municipalities (32)
District
Municipalities (39)
Town
Municipalities (10)
Village
Municipalities (58)
Local
Districts
(2)
Fire
Districts
(17)
Totals
1966
January	
February	
316
210
249
286
358
308
257
295
226
272
249
324
186
141
143
188
174
187
180
187
144
166
138
192
11
4
11
13
12
9
12
10
14
20
14
14
17
13
15
16
17
9
15
26
10
12
23
14
1
1
124
86
110
104
95
91
87
113
80
97
97
110
654
454
528
607
656
June	
July
604
551
632
475
567
November	
December	
521
654
Totals       	
3,350
2,026
144
187
2
1,194
6,903
Amount of Loss
1966
January	
February-
March	
April	
May	
June	
July	
August-
September	
October	
November	
December	
Totals—
$1,191,754
342,298
196,528
243,821
571,381
439,773
460,310
5,070,193
359,746
447,960
615,288
401,076
$10,340,128
$394,227
96,815
188,386
194,728
173,744
418,098
290,636
293,560
211,584
355,781
312,083
243,472
$3,173,114
$72,701
12,548
20,764
14,758
9,534
22,449
24,712
78,459
35,630
106,035
22,343
134,962
$554,895
$159,656
214,596
25,671
22,069
186,699
3,889
22,671
29,728
25,811
16,048
173,574
32,129
$912,541
$3,250
8,000
$11,250
$1,960,759
1,043,034
1,377,406
275,483
746,688
250,678
180,428
466,990
404,905
373,699
751,549
322,032
$8,153,651 $23,145,579
$3,779,097
1,709,291
1,808,755
750,859
1,688,046
1,134,887
978,757
5,942,180
1,045,676
1,299,523
1,874,837
1,133,671
 N 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE VII.—TEN-YEAR COMPARATIVE STATEMENT
OF FIRE LOSSES
Year
City Municipalities
District Municipalities
Town Municipalities
Village Municipalities
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1966   	
3,350
3,351
3,366
3,233
3,570
3,788
3,823
4,097
4,101
4,050
$10,340,128
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
2,026
2,080
2,166
2,113
2,270
2,386
2,324
2,487
2,381
2,197
$3,173,114
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
144
109
71
61
79
74
51
45
35
—
$554,895
342,522
242,674
339,654
61,020
91,151
124,547
187,388
49,173
187
184
245
246
261
292
301
350
312
317
$912,541
1965    .     ...
878,033
1964    -
830,912
1963    	
634,304
1962	
720,592
1061
816,261
1960
382,782
1959    .           	
1,045,840
1958    	
718,375
1957
491,8*3
Totals
36,729
$56,247,792
22,430
$29,006,698
669
$1,993,024
2,695
$7,431,483
Year
Local Districts
Fire Districts
Total
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1966          	
2
8
5
4
2
$11,250
30,133
4,263
4,963
440
1,194
1,245 1
1,265
1,258
1,430
1,309
1,323
1,289
1,234
1,233
$8,153,651
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
6,903
6,977
7,118
6,915
7,612
7,849
7,822
8,268
8,063
7,797
$23,145,579
1965
14,137,784
1°64
14,985,863
1963
13,792,731
1<>67
14,346,870
1061
13,494,934
1060
	
18,290,383
1050
14,859,552
.0*8
12,702,394
1957	
	
14,534,628
Totals	
21
$51,049 1
12,780
$59,560,672
75,324
$154,290,718
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1966
TABLE VIII.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1957-66
N 33
Occupancy
Number
of
Fires
Cause of Fires
Loss of Life
Men
Women
Children    Total
Apartments-
Bunkhouses-
Dwellings	
Fishing-boats-
Gasoline service-stations-
Hospitals-
Motor courts	
Motor-vehicles-
Outdoors	
Rooming-houses..
Trailers (mobile homes)..
Totals, 1966	
Totals, 1965	
Totals, 1964	
Totals, 1963	
Totals, 1962	
Totals, 1961	
Totals, 1960	
Totals, 1959	
Totals, 1958	
Totals, 1957	
Ten-year totals...
1
32
58
71
51
54
69
60
56
63
46
67
Smokers' carelessness (8) —
In bed (6)  	
In the home (1) 	
While intoxicated (1)  _ 	
Unknown (1)  	
Candle carelessness (2)  __	
Chimney, sparks from (1)	
Gasoline (3) —
Lamp, carelessness with (2)  	
Lamp explosion (1) - —	
Hot grease, ignition of (1) 	
Incendiary (1)  _. 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of (1)	
Kerosene-lamp carelessness (1)	
Matches, children with (2)  	
Short circuit (1)_ _	
Smokers' carelessness (14)—
In bed (8)  	
In the home (4) 	
While intoxicated (2)	
Stoves or stove pipes (2)—
Combustible materials too near (1)	
Defective (1) 	
Unknown (3)	
Gasoline-vapour explosion (1)	
Oil burner, defective (1)	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of (1)	
Smoker's carelessness (1) 	
Smoking in bed (1)- 	
Campers (1) —
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion (1)
Passenger (4)—
Collision (2)	
Incendiary (1) 	
Smoker's carelessness (1) _	
Trucks (1)—
Motor-vehicle upset (1) 	
Kerosene carelessness (1)  	
Smokers' carelessness (4) —
Smoking in bed (3)	
Smoking while intoxicated (1)	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment (1)  	
39
46
28
35
47
33
38
47
28
45
13
17
9
15
13
19
14
9
14
12
18
28
24
23
38
27
19
30
25
41
386
135
273
70
91
61
73
98
79
71
86
67
98
794
 N 34
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IX.—TWENTY-YEAR FIRE LOSS
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730-1267-9936
 

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