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 THE
FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
FORTY-SIXTH
ANNUAL REPORT
STATISTICS, 1967
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1969
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 To Colonel the Honourable John R. Nicholson, P.C, O.B.E., Q.C., LL.D.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Forty-sixth Annual Report of
the Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31,1967.
LESLIE R. PETERSON,
A ttorney-General.
Victoria, British Columbia, October 31,1968.
  TABLE OF CONTENTS
Pace
Report of Fire Marshal     7
Table I.—Fire Investigations, Fire Crime Statistics     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, 1958-67  33
Table IX.—Twenty-year Fire Loss (Graph)  34
  REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, British Columbia, October 31, 1968.
The Honourable Leslie R. Peterson, Q.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, British Columbia.
Sir,—I beg to submit the Forty-sixth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for
the year ended December 31, 1967. During the year there were 6,934 fires with a
loss of $21,490,053. Although there was a slight increase in the number of fires
over the year 1966, the loss decreased by $1,655,526. Fifty-four of our fires were
over $50,000 each and accounted for $10,512,538 of our loss. To a great extent
these larger fires occurred in our unorganized areas.
I regret having to report an increase in deaths due to fire. There were 78 fatal
fires with a death toll of 106, compared with 58 fires in 1966 which resulted in 70
deaths. Of these 106 deaths, 73 occurred in dwellings, 22 from smokers' carelessness. Thirty-two of these 73 deaths were children, 29 of whom were under 10
years of age.
ACTIVITIES OF ENGINEERING DIVISION
During the year this Division processed some 1,300 plans for public buildings,
plans for bulk plants for inflammable liquids, compressed-gas plants, plans for
distribution systems of compressed gas and oil refineries; 1,020 of these plans were
approved. Two hundred and thirteen general inspections were made and 40 inspections under the Compressed-gas Regulations. Twenty-six projectionist examinations were held—12 first class, 5 second class, 8 second class restricted, and 1 third
class restricted.
ACTIVITIES OF INVESTIGATION DIVISION
This Division investigated 341 fires throughout the year. The results of these
investigations are set out in Table I. These investigations terminated in 26 Court
appearances, 14 attendances at inquests, and 1 official inquiry. Also in Table I
are the fire crime statistics as sent to the Dominion Bureau of Statistics during the
year. Further, this Division is responsible for the report of known or suspected
incendiary fires which goes to all Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners across
Canada in an effort to show trends and pinpoint localities for special action.
ACTIVITIES OF FIRE-FIGHTER INSTRUCTIONAL UNITS
These units were responsible for 411 instructional sessions, with a total of 1,194
fire-fighters receiving training, these men coming from 63 different departments;
959 hours of instruction were provided. These units were also responsible for
some 406 general inspections of buildings to eliminate fire hazards and 29 inspections of compressed-gas systems. These last inspections together with those done
by the Engineering Division resulted in the issuing of 1,985 certificates of approval.
 BB 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA
ACTIVITIES OF EMERGENCY FIRE DEFENCE PLAN
The activities of this section included 1 zone meeting, 7 organization meetings,
and 18 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, 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 Saanich,
Revelstoke, Barkerville, and Fort Steele.
During the year seven 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 574 requests.
Amendments to regulations passed pursuant to the Fire Marshal Act during
the year included 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),
and another to the Regulation Respecting Moving-picture Theatres, Kinematographs,
and Projectionists, and the Storage and Use of Nitro-cellulose X-ray Films. In each
case the amendment covered emergency lighting.
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
Organization, 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,
Fire Marshal.
BASIL NIXON,
-
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1967
TABLE I.—FIRES INVESTIGATED
A. Total number of fires investigated throughout the Province  615
BB 9
B. Fires investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshal:
Accident or negligence	
Incendiary	
Unknown 	
84
172
85
Adults
C. Charges laid throughout the Province:
Number of persons charged  48
Total, 77
Number of charges laid—
Arson	
Setting fire to other substances
30
13
Other offences  10
Total, 83
Disposition of charges-
Convicted 	
Dismissed 	
53
30
6
341
Juveniles
29
13
15
2
30
Acquitted     2
Withdrawn     2
Stay of proceedings
Committed	
Pending	
Probation	
Persons not charged but committed to mental hospital 	
2
3
9
2
6
6
9
D. Fire crime statistics. (The following record is compiled by the Fire
Marshal's Office for the Dominion Bureau of Statistics and represents all fire crime
investigations throughout the Province.)
Suspected
or
known
incendiary
Unfounded
Actual
Number
Offences Cleared
Persons Charged
Offence
By
Charge
Otherwise
Adult
Juvenile
M.
F.
M.
F.
310
87
223
53
30
41
7
24
5
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TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL
City Municipalities (32)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
82
1,213
59
775
1,382
96
41
275
26
1
2
5
2
5
2
2
1
36
6,951
3,081
1,301
101
680
198
1,290
820
115
174
29,077
1,100
8,897
454
283
4
Courtenay 	
Port Alberni	
2
Revelstoke	
Rossland  	
Trail.	
Vancouver  	
1
Greenwood..	
Kamloops 	
34
1,446
625
15
1,228
917
1
3
Langley.	
Nanaimo  	
White Rock     	
Totals  ..
62,420
383
District Municipalities (39)
Burnaby..	
Campbell River-
Central Saanich-
Chilliwhack	
Coldstream	
Coquitlam	
Delta	
Esquimau	
Fraser Mills-
Gold River	
Hudson's Hope..
Kent.	
Kitimat	
Langley	
Mackenzie—
Maple Ridge ..
Matsqui	
Mission..
North Cowichan ..
North Saanich	
6,195
520
5
65
	
503
40
144
1,686
2
493
1
67
8
	
564
1
358
1
10
1
589
14
North Vancouver.
Oak Bay	
Peachland	
Pitt Meadows	
Port Alice	
Port Hardy	
Powell River.	
Richmond	
Saanich	
Salmon Arm „
Spallumcheen	
Sparwood	
Squamish	
Sum as	
Summerland__	
Surrey	
Tadan ac	
Terrace-..- 	
West Vancouver-
Totals	
1,135
2,538
17
43
	
430
125
3
1
47
	
49
2,039
62
553
206
2
18,483 34
Town Municipalities (14)
52
377
76
35
85
37
7
4
63
144
428
3
Fort St. John  	
Sidney 	
Smithers  	
Hope 	
18
3
Totals	
1,281
51
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1967
BB  11
TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL—Continued
Village Municipalities (56)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
65
3
1
1
Nakusp	
Natal  	
	
—
Oliver	
100 Mile House	
22
32
464
1
Osoyoos   	
Parksville. _	
3
2
	
Port McNeill	
88
3
91
Princeton   _	
1
	
S almon Arm	
Sechelt	
45
26
Slocan. 	
6
66
12
24
4
Taylor   	
10
Telkwa   	
Torino	
1
157
Warfield
Zeballos	
Totals  __	
39
1,127
40
Local Districts (1)
Cache Creek-
Fire Districts (17)
Cariboo, County of	
Colwood	
loco	
Kootenay, County of	
Langford	
Nanaimo, County of.	
Ocean Falls	
Prince George	
Prince Rupert, County of
100
24
48
1,035
17
Sooke	
University Area 	
Vancouver, County of—.
Vernon	
Victoria, County of	
View Royal	
Westminster, County of.
Yale, County of	
Totals 	
1,354
1
2,658      |
21
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
Grand
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
totals,
1967..
1966.
1965-
1964..
1963-
1962..
1961.
1960-
1959..
1958..
Inspections
_ 85,969
.._ 84,874
— 83,678
— 82,758
-_ 92,088
.._ 88,441
— 93,826
_. 95,259
— 91,330
— 91,959
Orders
529
603
178
151
100
192
196
154
498
647
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TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (32)
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
40
6
20
13
10
46
16
2
8
10
2
24
76
18
3
57
36
$36,383
2,774
40,254
2,058
15,961
30,719
13,933
1,173
1,335
14,883
145
34,752
154,861
2,329
32,823
32,663
263,207
173
127
67
59
39
21
192
44
26
6
28
1,760
38
279
18
$153,312
124,720
48,312
22,662
40,182
48,329
151,739
2,117,476
Fernie 	
Revelstoke	
209,392
711
Trail	
9,964
Kamloops.	
Vancouver	
3,254,114
103,995
325,381
Langley   	
Nanaimo    .
Nelson	
White Rock  	
Totals 	
37,354
3,264
$7,327,896
District Municipalities (39)
Burnaby	
Campbell River..
Central Saanich-
Chilliwhack	
Goldstream	
Coquitlam	
Delta	
Esquimalt-	
Fraser Mills—	
Gold River.	
Hudson's Hope-
Kent	
Kitimat	
Langley	
Mackenzie	
Maple Ridge..
Matsqui	
Mission	
North Cowichan	
North Saanich	
North Vancouver..
392
36
10
65
8
86
86
38
8
12
7
26
41
1
74
24
11
19
5
180
$789,524
42,781
3,709
137,447
3,300
103,134
195,604
20,239
6,877
238,796
5,308
35,784
314,249
2,834
283,338
244,644
61,694
40,809
17,577
259,043
Oak Bay	
Peachland	
Pitt Meadows ..
Port Alice	
Port Hardy	
Powell River-
Richmond	
Saanich	
Salmon Arm...
Spallumcheen.
Sparwood	
Squamish	
Sumas.-
Summerland..
Surrey. 	
Tadanac	
Terrace	
West Vancouver-
Totals-
59
3
11
5
18
198
188
8
2
1
3
13
14
267
38
41
131
2,129
$30,730
4,050
10,845
13,825
85,572
223,987
141,181
21,955
7,658
25
3,411
22,647
81,425
1,326,985
98,827
273,566
153,970
$5,307,350
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1967
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Town Municipalities (14)
BB 13
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Castlegar-
Comox	
Creston	
Fort St. John.
Hope	
Kinnaird	
Ladysmith-
Merritt	
5
6
5
21
7
5
3
13
$15,269
2,235
1,900
46,777
18,286
2,550
70,543
75,543
Mission City	
North Kamloops..
Quesnel	
Sidney.	
Smithers	
Williams Lake-
Totals..
6
22
18
7
13
23
154
$84,567
71,613
68,310
5,299
91,419
4,564
$558,875
Village Municipalities (56)
9
3
5
2
3
5
8
10
1
2
3
5
3
1
1
3
2
1
3
3
3
3
1
2
1
1
$13,422
7,701
10,839
20,457
3,761
Nakusp 	
Natal   	
1
2
2
6
9
1
4
3
1
20
2
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
6
4
1
$1,462
41
Ashcroft	
Oliver	
100 Mile House	
Osoyoos	
Parksville	
Pemberton	
Port Edward	
7,234
1,018
2,748
Chetwynd	
3,101
9,651
41,784
230
12,407
174
432
11,182
187
97
18,225
1,236
800
807,157
776
24,678
8,723
2,085
2,791
15,150
190
31,468
3,704
Port McNeill  -	
4,188
3,247
39
372,557
Sechelt       	
265
Invermere	
Slocan -   —
950
124,000
80
20
Lillooet	
Lumby	
Lytton 	
McBride
Torino  ...
4,631
1,732
146
35,359
Warfield.	
6,813
Zeballos 	
Totals	
507
Midway     . 	
Montrose.— 	
161
$1,619,445
Local Districts (1)
Cache Creek~
$698
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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.
316
10
1
122
31
198
2
112
6
27
$1,996,282
17,926
400
979,869
86,357
597,823
2,127
884,511
14,292
18,075
Vancouver, County of..
Vernon 	
Victoria, County of_
View RoyaL.
Westminster, County of ~
Yale, County of 	
Totals-
Grand totals-
61
35
43
249
1,221
6,934
$390,664
61,842
824
185,296
1,439,501
$6,675,789
$21,490,053
Construction of Buildings Burned
Fire resistive— Number
City municipalities   32
District municipalities     22
Town municipalities     — - 	
Village municipalities     	
Local districts     	
Fire districts   - -   12
Brick, concrete, or heavy timber—
City municipalities   318
District municipalities     78
Town municipalities     4
Village municipalities   6
Local districts  —   	
Fire districts  .  12
Wood frame—
City municipalities  - - _  2,158
District municipalities _ _     1,531
Town municipalities _ _   117
Village  municipalities         119
Local districts    _.  2
Fire districts    801
Metal or corrugated iron—
City municipalities    758
District municipalities   497
Town municipalities    33
Village municipalities   _ _ 36
Local districts       3
Fire districts _       395
Amount of Loss
$57,611
24,716
Totals
6,934
297,138
1,805,784
403,161
10,500
6,819
23,098
5,164,477
4,317,173
509,691
1,586,633
235
5,067,240
314,851
562,100
38,684
25,993
463
1,273,686
$21,490,053
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1967
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES
BB  15
Causes of Fires
Total
Number
Amount of
Loss
Boilers or boiler pipes defective or overheated..
Candles and open names	
Chemical explosion-
Children playing with fire	
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated..
Sparks from	
Collision-
Defective brooder-
Defective muffler	
Defective wiring-
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 conveyer belt-
In machinery	
In pulley.	
In tires	
Furnaces or furnace pipes—
Combustible materials too near-
Defective —  	
Insufficiently protected..
Sparks from 1	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion 	
Improper installation of appliance 	
Improper use of or defective equipment-
Gas, natural—
Explosion-
Improper installation of appliance	
Improper use of or defective equipment-
Gasoline—
Broken line-
Carelessness with..
On exhaust pipe-
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle..
Stoves, lamps, torches	
Used in cleaning-
Used to kindle fire-
Vapour explosion	
Heat radiation	
Hot ashes, coals, etc 	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of_.
Incendiary..
Inflammable vapours, ignition of...
Kerosene—
Carelessness with  	
Stoves, lamps, torches..
Used to kindle fire	
Lightning	
Matches—
Carelessness with~
Children with	
69
34
17
105
17
4
12
2
13
26
19
7
17
1
38
11
1
19
130
82
34
3
22
6
5
69
39
269
4
64
2
25
103
21
2
12
125
368
18
3
252
159
122
25
48
60
56
351
14
30
463
229
46
12
6
308
$135,580
70,593
$5,932
53,281
$12,396
73,574
19,967
2,075
35,764
$98,097
5,555
22,794
106,241
$69,719
557
45,336
$3,315
7,436
57,472
$157,281
139,693
28,265
3,225
56,425
2,340
7,187
151,313
$32,459
10,257
7,000
$9,394
367,989
$103,549
65,287
3,632
21,431
206,173
16,164
3,140
12,704
216,140
779,577
74,301
13,968
132,956
568,918
59,213
25,361
143,776
232,687
115,612
68,223
545,729
12,848
15,174
325,360
2,353,512
39,565
49,716
24,077
377,292
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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 	
5
100
29
37
1
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, etc-
Defective	
Improper use of ..
Sparks from	
6
14
55
Short circuit-
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed	
In the home-
In unlisted locations-
While intoxicated	
Sparks from bonfire	
Sparks from bush fire-
Sparks from forge-
Sparks from grinder.	
Sparks from locomotive...
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	
12
20
172
75
692
$5,793
508,730
23,709
158,421
2,265
$1,588
38,616
2,138,150
348
940
436
27
$208,634
578,686
1,379,314
39,128
1,751
94
9
1
4
1
23
33
4
159
15
5
79
18
Totals..
276
2
10
796
6,934
$176,060
7,748
26,296
177,507
16,545
$287,156
65,262
698,918
2,178,354
1,032,882
2,205,762
294,876
137,843
50
17,473
1,000
294,452
171,610
14,495
404,156
803
31,303
7,047,573
$21,490,053
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1967 BB  17
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
368
2
1
3
1
11
3
63
2
1
2
3
2
      6
$1,136
53
3,021
19,890
10,385
791
16,936
1,617
1,221
557
4,859
74
354
25
32,856
12,409
1,640
629
11,866
7,235
1,251
48,111
76,816
25
4,571
107,735
1
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated 	
Sparks from	
4
3
     12
Electrical wiring overload  	
1
      4
Fireworks _	
1
1
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
       1
      4
Gas, natural, explosion	
Gasoline carelessness 	
1
—     3
       1
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of	
Incendiary   	
.   46
17
      2
Matches—
Carelessness with  	
3
4
Oil burners—
Defective	
Explosion .  - 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness	
5
1
20
185
.    .      1
Stoves, combustible materials too near 	
I In known
Smoker's carelessness 	
Unknown	
.......    15
26
1
1
2
$366,063
82
18,734
Armouries      	
Asphalt plants and tanks ...
Bakeries	
$1,127
75
Smoker's carelessness 	
Furnace, combustible material too near	
1
..      1
.   ..     4
1,202
1,853
$8,815
105
90
86
Barber-shops  and  beauty-
parlours 	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Stove, combustible material too near	
....     4
1
2
1
1
9,096
Barges and scows 	
$4,000
61,958
50
Unknown	
1
2
66,008
Barns and stables  	
$9,800
1,439
2,250
10,278
6,500
820
50,376
33,582
700
1,040
57,031
79,263
1
Exposure    —    „
Fireworks -	
Gasoline-vapour explosion   ...	
Incendiary    	
1
1
....      1
       2
15
4
Smoker's carelessness    	
....      1
2
8
Unknown   	
25
Exoosure 	
253,079
Bath-houses	
$9,000
275
Gasoline used in cleaning      1
Unknown            1
Gasoline-vapour explosion              1
9,275
2,237
Binderies	
$1,420
50
Exposure	
1,470
Boarding-houses	
$155
64
10
Smoker's carelessness       1
Boiler defective or overheated       1
229
Boat-building works 	
$68,623
3,500
Unknown        1
72,123
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TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Boat-houses —
Bowling-alleys
Breweries
Bridges
Buildings under construction     16
Bunkhouses
Chemical plants
Churches and church properties   	
Clubhouses     (golf,    yacht,
etc.)	
Clubs   _.
Coal and lumber yards .
Cold-storage plants 	
Compressors
Cookhouses ...
16
20
Gasoline-vapour explosion
Electrical equipment 	
Incendiary    	
Smoker's carelessness 	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Sparks from bonfire - _	
Electrical equipment
Exposure .
Gas, liquefied petroleum-
Explosion
Defective equipment 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Kerosene stove 	
Matches, children with	
Oil burners—
Defective   _	
Defective equipment 	
Oxy-gas welding equipment—
Defective   	
Sparks from
Smoker's carelessness   	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown  	
Candle carelessness ._	
Electrical appliances   	
Exposure    	
Oil burner, defective  	
Short circuit  	
Smoker's carelessness  	
Stove insufficiently protected 	
Unknown   	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from ..
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances   	
Furnace, combustible materials too near
Hot grease, ignition of 	
Incendiary     	
Oil burner, defective equipment	
Short circuit    	
Smoker's carelessness  _„  	
Sparks from bonfire —	
Stove insufficiently protected  „	
Unknown   .   	
Smoker's carelessness	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Unknown   	
Incendiary _	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown   	
Sparks from mill burner .
Unknown 	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Gasoline carelessness —	
Short circuit   	
Unknown  	
Chimney, defective 	
Stove insufficiently protected
$126,454
195,020
250
$25
25
$503
1,000
349
5,093
948
60
1,137
50,952
285
150
200
1,388
2,434
585
$3,200
11,000
4,945
1,162
1,500
5,081
9,198
29,312
$9,812
108,851
$375
15,872
35
258,152
281
4,085
104
32,212
15
4,991
$4,476
2,104
27,000
$25
74
143
4,869
$10,713
100
$542
4,590
861
$10,414
513
$2,553
321,724
43,923
50
65,084
65,398
118,663
316,122
33,580
5,111
10,813
5,993
100,900
10,927
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1967
BB  19
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Copper-mills    1
Cranes   .....  2
Dairies  2
Distilleries   1
Dry-cleaning plants  3
Dwellings
3,166
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Short circuit  _	
Unknown  „_	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Spontaneous ignition   	
Matches, children with
Short circuit   	
Smoker's carelessness
Unknown . 	
Candles and open flames ..
Children playing with fire ..
Chimneys—
Defective or overheated
Sparks from  	
Defective brooder 	
Defective wiring
Electrical appliances and equipment
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 use of or defective equipment .
Gas, natural—
Explosion
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gasoline—
Carelessness with   _	
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 	
Lightning  	
Matches—
Carelessness with   	
Children with 	
Oil burners—
Broken  line	
Defective  	
Defective equipment
Explosion
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Defective     	
Sparks from 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness .
Sparks from bonfire —
Sparks from bush fire
Sparks from grinder ...
Spontaneous ignition ...
5
2:
55
28
1
32
263
4
35
.    17
103
12
19
6
15
1
9
12
7
12
29
16
4
5
4
7
25
360
52
22
3
4
4
14
146
3
50
19
27
1
1
209
973
27
3
1
11
$50
14,839
$1,392
1,532
$1,575
75
5,728
$60,015
20,686
115,250
49,510
2,440
106,448
196,097
2,665
73,895
5,932
53,229
3,594
49,842
1,415
20,149
6,587
47,726
5,819
1,162
16,530
34,278
53,497
1,265
7,187
26,890
10,944
14,603
183,513
159,851
10,413
32,280
7,639
9,787
3,405
201,082
5,193
132,681
12,332
33,892
50
421
266,631
658,589
26,846
13,339
36
38,330
$10
14,889
2,924
500
7,378
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TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
7
5
1
2
1
3
1
2
2
5
2
3
5
2
1
1
1
1
3
2
1
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near  	
Defective	
120
9
3
$92,251
3,354
20,179
145,218
10,755
27,349
1,023,394
Insufficiently protected    	
Sparks from   _  	
Thawing pipes  	
Unknown    	
Electrical equipment	
Electrical wiring overloaded     	
Lightning       „. „   	
60
12
7
232
1
1
1
      2
$4,106,465
$2,100
1,700
290
5,155
1,200
802
1
Unknown    	
Electrical-wiring overloaded  	
1
1
1
11,247
Electric-light and telephone
poles      	
$25
200
300
25
250
1
Smoker's carelessness   -..	
Sparks from bonfire   	
Unknown   .. .  	
Hot oil, ignition of     	
Short circuit     	
Short circuit	
Friction in conveyer belt	
....      1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
800
3,016
1,900
150
Electrical repair-shops 	
Electrical substations 	
$1,500
400
$4,034
32,600
67
Elevators (grain)      	
Unknown     .   .„    _	
Stove, combustible materials too near	
1
....      1
       1
36,701
200
Engines     	
Factories  (brick)    	
$1,133
6,744
1
1
7,877
Factories (cement block). .
$600
5,000
Unknown   	
Friction in machinery	
Incendiary      	
Unknown __	
1
2
2
1
       1
5,600
7,045
Factories (furniture) ..   .   .
$1,426
5,358
261
Factories (industrial equipment  	
$342
15,008
Sparks from grinder 	
Electrical equipment   — 	
1
2
       1
15,350
$5,150
500
2
5,650
$9,071
500
500
25
Oil burner, defective    ..
1
1
Smoker's carelessness „   —
1
1
10,096
$148
80,147
Unknown „	
1
1
80,295
250
Factories (rock-wool insula-
$2,326
141,155
118
Factories (roofing material)
Factories   (sash  and door)
Factories (sausage)  	
Factories (saw filing) 	
1
1,500
Friction in machinery   	
Unknown    „	
Gasoline carelessness  ^
Incendiary   	
Spontaneous ignition 	
1
1
1
1
1
1
250
114,091
143,599
$5,247
2,742
       1
1
7,989
25,000
Factories   (veneer and ply-
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1967
BB 21
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Fences
Fire and police stations
Fish hatcheries 	
Fishing-boats 	
15
Flour, feed,
Foundries  _
and rice mills
Fruit-packing plants
Funeral chapels	
Gaols and industrial institutions  .	
Garages (private)	
128
Incendiary   	
Matches, children with ._
Smokers' carelessness	
Sparks from bonfire	
Unknown  -	
Short circuit	
Gasoline carelessness .
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances -
Engine backfiring	
Exposure
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with —   	
On exhaust pipe	
Vapour explosion	
Matches, children with	
Oil burners—
Defective . —	
Explosion 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Unknown .	
Exposure 	
Exposure 	
Furnaces or furnace pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Sparks from .	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, defective	
Unknown .	
Matches, children with
Smoker's carelessness _
Short circuit .
Incendiary	
Smoker's carelessness
Children playing with fire
Chimney, sparks from 	
Exposure 	
Fireworks   	
Gas, liquefied petroleum;   defective equipment-
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with	
Vapour explosion 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary  	
Match es—
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Oil burner, defective —
Open flame .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of	
Sparks from	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire	
Spontaneous ignition	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Defective 	
Insufficiently protected
Sparks from 	
Unknown 	
1
1
1
1
11
1
1
1
4
2
1
15
2
26
1
1
1
1
2
11
11
1
3
2
1
27
$73
25
270
94
350
$800
50
3,550
27,455
500
1,546
2,200
39,254
100
15,443
6,000
31,250
825
58,903
$169
1,000
90,388
100
136
588
44,769
$401
787,530
$10,500
10
$632
45
3,463
2,247
7,056
60,000
2,035
1,465
342
9,375
1,126
11,381
122,000
322
502
2,724
21,338
2,300
9,838
50
$1,805
3,586
225
66,408
$812
250
147
187,876
360
137,150
787,931
185
10,510
330,265
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TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Garages  (public)
27
Gasoline stations  (service)      24
Gravel pits and plants..
Greenhouses 	
Halls
19
Hay stacks and balers
Hospitals,  institutions,   and
nursing homes 	
70
Hospitals (animal)
Hotels	
1
138
Defective wiring 	
Electrical equipment  	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from        1
Exposure
Gasoline-
Carelessness with .
Vapour explosion
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Oil burner, sparks from .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of 	
Sparks from  	
Short circuit	
Smoker's carelessness
Sparks from grinder ~
Unknown	
Gasoline—■
Carelessness with  ,	
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle
Stove  	
Vapour explosion	
Hot grease, ignition of  	
Matches, children with 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of 	
Sparks from	
Short circuit 	
Unknown 	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Boiler overheated  	
Defective wiring  	
Matches, children with 	
Stoves or stove pipes—•
Combustible materials too near 	
Insufficiently protected  _	
Electrical appliances  	
Furnace insufficiently protected
Incendiary
Oil-burner explosion -
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Unknown  	
Sparks from bonfire .
Unknown 	
Chimney, defective  	
Electrical appliances  ._	
Electro-welding equipment, sparks from 	
Hot grease, ignition of  	
Incendiary  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Match carelessness  _.
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Steam pipes insufficiently protected	
Unknown     	
Short circuit  	
Electrical appliances — -   	
Exposure 	
Fireplace, sparks from _  	
Gas, liquefied petroleum,   defective equipment-
Gas, natural, explosion  	
Gasoline, carelessness  	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of 	
59
$21,886
1,786
3,156
741
1,455
200
69,265
1,594
2,265
1,864
55,897
40
50
207
69,844
$15,510
700
15
11,694
89
250
6,801
876
52,500
16,890
$200
132
17,000
281
4,500
$32
1,061
14,526
291
17,149
9,363
36,035
$1,600
250
$250
65
1,000
25
5
153
48
300
2,124
125
16,711
$13,315
2,877
35
368
1,111
40,000
22,159
$230,250
105,325
3,000
22,113
78,457
1,850
20,806
2,071
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1967
BB 23
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Launches and other small
craft  <	
Laundries
Libraries 	
Lighthouses	
Logging camps
Machine-shops
Meat-packing plants
Medical clinics .
Mines   and   mining   properties   	
Motor courts
37
13
13
64
Incendiary  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Match carelessness	
Oil burner, broken line	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness  	
Stove, combustibles too near .
Unknown 	
Engine backfiring	
Exposure .	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with
Vapour explosion
Incendiary
Matches, children with
Oil burner, defective	
Short circuit 	
Unknown _ 	
Defective wiring   _ 	
Electrical appliances   	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment-
Incendiary     	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of —	
Oil burners—
Defective   	
Defective equipment  	
Short circuit  -   	
Smoker's carelessness
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances
Unknown 	
Friction in pulley	
Sparks from bonfire  	
Sparks from bush fire 	
Stove, combustible materials too near
Unknown 	
Exposure   	
Gasoline carelessness 	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, defective
Short circuit 	
Smoker's carelessness
Unknown 	
Exposure    	
Hot grease, ignition of
Short circuit 	
Electrical appliances 	
Furnace, sparks from	
Gas, liquefied petroleum,
Molten metal	
defective equipment-
Sulphur, ignition of
Unknown 	
Electrical appliances   _
Electrical wiring overloaded 	
Furnace, combustible materials too near 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment   	
Gas, natural, defective equipment   	
Hot grease, ignition of   .	
Matches—
Carelessness with  .	
Children with   - 	
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire ~
16
1
1
1
5
92
2
9
$45,352
6,216
25
100
1,671
302,112
220
79,753
$5,635
4,354
2,075
30,207
5,250
1,045
9,550
7,660
80,270
$3,300
446
200
10,113
650
4,713
3,984
25
225
500
$2,075
33,763
66,264
51,035
17,295
$15,000
9,722
200
9,358
9,669
45,261
$3,152
2,327
10,802
$2,231
25
150
$280,000
305
50,173
$1,039
301
6,067
50
4,000
712
73
166
989
45,392
92,376
$515,314
146,046
24,156
793
3,425
170,432
89,210
16,281
2,406
330,478
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TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Motor-vehicles (*1,591)—
Automobiles (passenger) 1,243
Buses
Campers
Motor-cycles
10
21
Causes
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Explosion 	
Unknown 	
Collision 	
Defective muffler 	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical equipment   —
Engine backfiring  —
Exposure 	
Fireworks   —
Friction—
In brake drum .	
In tires 	
Gasoline—
Broken line  	
Carelessness with 	
On exhaust pipe   	
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle
Torch 	
Vapour explosion
Heat radiation 	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of .
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
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	
Friction in brake drum .
Defective wiring	
Exposure 	
Friction—
In brake drum —
In tires
Gas, liquefied petroleum-
Explosion
Improper use of or defective equipment	
Short circuit	
Unknown  _	
Collision 	
Engine backfiring .
Exposure
Gasoline—
Broken line	
On exhaust pipe
Incendiary
Motor-cycle upset
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from	
Short circuit	
Smoker's carelessness 	
Unknown    	
Amount of Loss
$4,093
117
32,189
19
$15,389
8
3,224
67
9,965
16
3,087
210
82,925
20
7,774
1
100
12
7,170
5
2,313
102
46,970
16
4,341
24
8,632
1
2,525
1
35
30
16,745
4
474
10
1,856
20
18,829
1
2,732
7
833
10
1,516
12
19,612
2
725
5
3,957
5
5,798
268
67,392
206
36,107
5
2,365
156
78,477
$451,868
1
$40
1
7,318
2
75
1
59
2
3,737
$11,229
1
$1,787
1
25
1
4,500
1
300
1
2,025
2
7,450
2
3,588
1
74
$19,749
$175
1,993
450
1,560
25
500
200
$187,564
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1967
BB 25
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles—Continued
Tractors (bulldozers,
graders, etc.) 	
105
Trailers   and   semi-trailers     11
Trucks
194
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from      1
Short circuit   _        1
Unknown       1
Defective muffler _
Defective wiring  	
Engine backfiring  _
Gas,   liquefied  petroleum,
defective equipment	
Gasoline—
Broken line 	
Carelessness with	
On exhaust pipe	
Vapour explosion 	
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
Match carelessness  	
Motor-vehicle upset	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Short circuit 	
Sparks from bonfire ..
Sparks from bush fire
Sulphur, ignition of —
Unknown  	
Friction—
In brake drum .
In tires 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment .
Gasoline, broken line 	
Kerosene stove 	
Matches, children with
Smoker's carelessness ..
Spontaneous ignition —
Unknown  	
Collision  	
Defective muffler 	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical equipment 	
Engine backfiring	
Exposure   	
Friction—
In brake drum 	
In tires 	
Gasoline—
Broken line  _	
Carelessness with 	
On exhaust pipe	
Vapour explosion 	
Heat radiation 	
Hot ashes 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches, children with 	
Motor-vehicle upset
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Improper use of	
Sparks from 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire	
Unknown   	
improper  use  of  or
1
3
9
1
21
7
2
3
14
3
2
8
1
2
2
8
1
5
6
1
1
47
12
3
31
$150
20
150
$5,223
$1,667
69
5,555
3,187
29,830
10,973
17,070
35
954
1,900
280
6,900
395
119,625
2,606
58,240
498
191,919
$451,703
$400
5,030
6,600
7,251
2,200
2,400
25
14,000
15,500
$53,406
$600
7,813
5,267
55
7,625
13,786
286
19,859
11,244
1,310
338
11,449
50
225
185
11,834
500
1,445
38,550
600
50
36,981
4,482
14,588
64,507
$253,629
*$1,246,807
 BB 26
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TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Mushroom-houses
Offices 	
Poultry-houses
Power-houses
Oil-houses   1
Oil-storage tanks    1
Paper and pulp mills  — 2
Piggeries     — 3
Post offices
19
Power-saws    1
Power-shovels    2
Printing plants   1
Pumps and pump-houses  10
Radio stations
Railroad rolling-stock
Railroad roundhouses _         1
Railroad stations and properties   —        2
Refineries (gasoline, natural
gas, or oil)  — -        2
Restaurants  .      45
Electrical appliances .
Chimney, sparks from .
Electrical appliances
Electrical wiring overloaded 	
Exposure  —   „
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion
Incendiary
Matches, children with 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, improper
use of 	
Short circuit  	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Unknown 	
Electrical equipment
Incendiary
UlVtUUlOlJ      	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Electrical appliances 	
Unknown 	
Fireworks  	
Gasoline lamp .
Unknown 	
Defective brooder ....
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances
Lightning
Matches, children with 	
Oil burner, defective equipment
Short circuit   —	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Stove, sparks from 	
Unknown     —
Hot oil, ignition of 	
Oil-burner explosion 	
Steam pipes insufficiently protected .
Unknown 	
Short circuit 	
Friction in machinery .
Gasoline, broken line .
Unknown 	
Defective wiring	
Electrical equipment .
Oil burner, defective .
Short circuit 	
Sparks from bonfire
Unknown 	
Unknown 	
Electrical equipment 	
Kerosene used to kindle fire .
Matches, children with	
Molten metal  	
Unknown 	
Sparks from locomotive 	
Oil burner, defective equipment
Unknown   _.
Hot grease or oil, ignition of	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Electrical appliances
Electrical wiring overloaded
Exposure 	
$1,000
16,828
700
12,368
5,857
10,377
25
9,444
12,848
32,166
2,367
191,492
$1,100
7,200
$30
278
10
$700
45,403
550
14,000
70
166
100
2,900
665
115,125
$1,120
110,414
30
7,500
$8,300
276
$774
810
12,648
1,160
202
2,189
$50
7,000
8,500
1,500
9,617
$2,500
450
$400
1,500
$130,730
75
20,664
$3,300
295,472
290
100
1,424
8,300
318
179,679
119,064
98
8,576
81,670
17,783
400
26,667
1,000
2,950
1,900
.
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1967
BB 27
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Rinks (curling)
Rinks (ice skating)
Rooming-houses 	
Sawmills
66
Schools
48
Gas,   liquefied  petroleum,
defective equipment 	
Heat radiation 	
improper  use  of  or
Hot grease, ignition of .
Incendiary
12
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Kerosene carelessness	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness 	
Sparks from mill burner	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Defective 	
Insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
Exposure 	
Open flame
Stove,  defective 	
Candle carelessness 	
Chimney, defective  .	
Electrical appliances 	
Electrical wiring overloaded
Exposure
Fireplace, sparks from
Gas, natural, explosion .
Gasoline  stove 	
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary 	
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Oil burner, defective	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness ...
22
Sparks from bonfire 	
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near
Defective   	
Unknown  	
Boilers or boiler pipes, defective or overheated	
Defective wiring .
Electrical equipment
Engine backfiring 	
Exposure
Friction in machinery  .	
Furnace, sparks from 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment-
Gas, natural, defective equipment .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Defective   	
Improper use of .
Sparks from	
Short circuit 	
Smoker's carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Sparks from grinder 	
Sparks from mill burner
Unknown   	
Candle carelessness ..
Chemical explosion „
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances
Fireworks 	
Hot grease, ignition of ...
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with  	
$100
14
17,740
6,145
642
179
54
13,918
500
4,465
50
6,144
86,332
$68,640
275
$139
418
51
200
287
17
250
100
526
40
100
9,500
697
10,220
13,531
570
12,659
1,539
40,487
$34,726
200
32,778
25,450
1,106
3,148
941
504
1,000
400
388
29,696
21,192
85
8,660
2,222
282,809
1,132,578
$75
3,632
75
56
10
171
1,173,544
30
225
392
$287,752
68,915
1,000
91,331
1,577,883
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TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Sheds
156
Sheet-metal works —
Shingle-mills
10
Ships	
Smelting plants
Oil burners—
Defective  ...
Explosion
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, improper
use of 	
Short circuit	
Smokers' carelessness
Stove, sparks from 	
Thawing pipes 	
Unknown 	
Candle carelessness 	
Children playing with fire .
Chimney, defective	
Defective wiring 	
Electrical appliances	
Engine backfiring 	
Exposure    	
Fireworks   	
Friction in conveyer belt
Gasoline—
Carelessness	
Gasoline lamp	
Hot ashes	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Oil burners—
Defective  	
Defective equipment 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Defective  	
Sparks from	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire	
Spontaneous ignition
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Insufficiently protected  	
Sparks from 	
Unknown 	
Electrical wiring overloaded  	
Stove insufficiently protected	
Unknown 	
Friction in machinery  	
Gas, natural, defective equipment
Gasoline, broken line	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Sparks from mill burner	
Spontaneous ignition  _ 	
Unknown 	
Oil burner, defective
Friction—
In conveyer belt —
In machinery
Furnaces or furnace pipes-
Defective  	
Insufficiently protected 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment   	
Hot oil, ignition of 	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Molten metal  	
$300
550
15,000
200
265
25
50
1,069,207
$2,263,807
$100
60
800
2,884
2,860
223
14,732
1,200
500
8,749
1,500
300
10,954
72
2,000
14,024
29,535
2,374
200
6,195
4,296
7,529
8,089
1,900
673
1,066
3,875
77,360
$12,873
1,207
448
$6,637
20,769
150
41,595
1,954
350
6,507
84,048
$69,040
106
4,140
363
60
1,200
40
1,050
1,406
204,050
14,528
162,010
100
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1967
BB 29
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Smoke-houses 	
Steel-fabricating plants .
Stores  _..	
Stores and apartments
Stores and dwellings .
Stores and offices .
156
36
13
11
Oil burner, defective equipment  1
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from   1
Short circuit     6
Spontaneous ignition   2
Steam pipes insufficiently protected   2
Unknown   1
Hot grease, ignition of	
Oxy-gas welding equipment,
Unknown 	
      1
sparks from       3
      1
Chimneys—
Defetcive         1
Sparks from   _.   1
Electrical appliances   _   13
Electrical wiring overloaded —   4
Exposure     27
Fireworks _     2
Furnace, sparks from    1
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equipment.  1
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment      1
Gasoline stove   1
Hot ashes  1
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of  4
Incendiary     _ 11
Inflammable vapours, ignition of   1
Matches—
Carelessness with   _ _ _ 2
Children with     3
Oil burners—■
Defective   _.   3
Defective equipment   1
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from   1
Short circuit   11
Smokers' carelessness   41
Sparks from bonfire    1
Stoves or stove pipes—
Combustible materials too near   1
Insufficiently protected    1
Unknown     22
Exposure 	
Gas, natural, explosion
Hot grease, ignition of ..
Incendiary
Matches, children with
Oil burners—
Defective  	
Explosion 	
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness „
Unknown 	
Chimney, defective	
Electrical appliances
Exposure   	
Fireworks 	
Matches, children with
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness
Sparks from bonfire ..
Unknown 	
Exposure   	
Furnace, sparks from —
Hot grease, ignition of
Incendiary
Oil burner, defective
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness .
Unknown 	
$25
3,500
2,817
3,700
14,340
6,041
$14,290
7,768
$196
148
51,199
7,549
179,503
1,039
97
50
12,840
1,000
21
11,810
36,418
58
381
5,809
33,335
600
3,137
145,376
28,803
108
570
138
182,175
$11,694
718
7,117
5,625
14,303
12,541
2,859
6,327
64,019
32,943
$10
633
1,204
45
9,200
28,808
16,818
20,218
10,127
$1,500
8,203
32,028
5,500
1,227
7,903
50,287
50,026
$107,828
350
22,058
702,360
158,146
87,063
156,674
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TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Stores and rooms
Tar pots
Tents   	
12
Theatres
Trailers (mobile homes)—     87
Trash barrels .
Tugboats
12
Warehouses
40
Defective wiring   	
Electrical wiring overloaded  .	
Fireworks 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment	
Smokers'  carelessness 	
Incendiary    ]	
Gasoline-vapour explosion .
Incendiary
Kerosene lamp   	
Matches, children with  	
Sparks from bonfire  	
Stove, combustible materials too near .
Defective wiring	
Electrical appliances
Exposure   	
Incendiary  	
Short circuit.
Smoker's carelessness
Electrical appliances ..
Exposure
Friction in tires	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion         5
Improper use of or defective equipment       4
Gasoline carelessness
Heat radiation
Hot grease, oil, etc., ignition of .
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of .
Matches—
Carelessness with 	
Children with 	
Oil burners—
Defective   _
Explosion    .	
Short circuit
Smokers' carelessness 	
Stoves—
Combustible materials too near
Explosion
Insufficiently protected
Thawing pipes	
Unknown 	
Matches, children with
Smokers' carelessness „
Unknown 	
Electrical equipment 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion 	
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Short circuit 	
Unknown 	
Chimney, defective
Exposure 	
Fireworks   	
Furnace, combustible materials too near 	
Gas, natural, improper installation of appliance-
Hot oil, ignition of i	
Incendiary
Matches, children with
Oil burner, defective ....
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Short circuit 	
Smokers' carelessness   	
Sparks from bonfire  . 	
$7,000
46,880
423
773
7,011
$103
69
358
418
25
126
$350
1,815
1,811
5
153
89
$88,804
1,407
8,262
13,762
2,302
282
1,366
6,128
12,481
1,959
244
923
70,376
3,164
26,888
20,121
25
6,000
50
3,904
40,585
$150
460
170
$50
3,598
3,000
20,000
81,743
$1,871
57,400
4,778
23,463
7,436
250
9,898
1,414
232
936
4,123
1,973
6,321
$62,087
50
1,099
4,223
309,033
780
108,391
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1967
BB 31
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Welding-shops
Wharves	
Woodworking plants .
Workshops
Totals  6,934
Sparks from mill burner
Spontaneous ignition	
Unknown    	
Short circuit .
Friction in machinery
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment .
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment-
Improper use of 	
Sparks from .
Smoker's carelessness
Unknown	
Electrical equipment
Incendiary
Matches, children with
Spontaneous ignition
Stove insufficiently protected .
Chimney, defective
Electrical appliances 	
Matches, children with
Oil burner, defective .—
Oxy-gas welding equipment, sparks from
Unknown 	
$80
40,159
951,484
$100
215
60
1,910,858
200
972
$1,111,818
105
$6,123
61,228
1,561
4,979
25
$750
65,000
680
4,265
7,693
7,578
1,912,405
73,916
85,966
$21,490,053
TABLE VI.—SUMMARY
Fires Reported
City
Municipalities (32)
District
Municipalities (39)
Town
Municipalities (14)
Village
Municipalities (56)
Local
Districts
(1)
Fire
Districts
(17)
Totals
1967
January	
February.	
270
236
263
276
278
294
286
306
193
253
271
338
168
144
153
170
205
185
174
202
126
167
180
255
17
13
13
11
22
14
13
18
6
11
8
8
14
7
10
16
10
11
9
32
5
11
10
26
2
1
1
1
95
91
100
103
127
96
99
124
68
95
97
126
564
491
541
576
May	
643
600
July.         .   „	
581
682
September.—      	
399
537
November	
December	
567
753
Totals	
3,264
2,129
154
161
5
1,221
6,934
Amount of Loss
1967
January	
February	
$162,988
2,077,263
462,272
790,114
311,277
560,940
734,317
1,041,339
150,582
429,042
306,904
300,858
$316,548
197,727
240,198
447,205
564,754
212,608
1,019,856
683,127
169,812
551,036
377,327
527,152
$64,677
12,852
36,637
48,232
122,917
99,682
33,521
8,102
41,105
17,278
72,077
1,795
$140,835
12,497
31,164
86,633
36,480
9,229
33,437
1,182,236
860
22,145
28,507
35,422
$273
195
130
100
$396,029
416,469
725,271
653,455
586,708
832,452
544,703
573,182
292,763
476,457
347,777
830,523
$1,081,077
2,716,808
1,495,815
2,025,639
1,622,331
1,714,911
2,365,834
3,487,986
655,252
1,495,958
1,132,692
1,695,750
April	
June	
July	
September	
October     ...
November	
December.  .   	
Totals  .
$7,327,896
$5,307,350
$558,875
$1,619,445
$698
$6,675,789
$21,490,053
 BB 32
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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
1967
3,264
3,350
3,351
3,366
3,233
3,570
3,788
3,823
4,097
4,101
$7,327,896
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
2,129
2,026
2,080
2,166
2,113
2,270
2,386
2,324
2,487
2,381
$5,307,350
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
154
144
109
71
61
79
74
51
45
35
$558,875
554,895
342,522
242,674
339,654
61,020
91,151
124,547
187,388
49,173
161
187
184
245
246
261
292
301
350
312
$1,619,445
1966
912,541
1965	
1964
878,033
830,912
1963          	
634,304
1967,
720,592
1961
816,261
1960
382,782
10*0
1,045,840
1958...
718,375
Totals	
35,943
$58,785,792
22,362
$31,090,141
823
$2,551,899
2,539
$8,559,085
Year
Local Districts
Fire Districts
Total
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1967                            .  .                  ....
5
2
8
5
4
2
$698
11,250
30,133
4,263
4,963
440
1,221
1,194
1,245 i
1,265
1,258
1,430
1,309
1,323
1,289
1,234
$6,675,789
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
6,934
6,903
6,977
7,118
6,915
7,612
7,849
7,822
8,268
8,063
$21,490,053
1966       ..     —
23,145,579
196?
14,137,784
1964
14,985,863
1063
13,792,731
1«62
14,346,870
1061
13,494,934
1060
       -
18,290,383
10*0
14,859,552
10*8
.     .    	
12,702,394
Totals
26
$51,747
12,768
$60,207,479
74,461
$161,246,143
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1967
TABLE VIII.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1958-67
BB 33
Occupancy
Number
of
Fires
Causes of Fires
Loss of Life
Men      Women Children    Total
Apartments-
Barges   	
Bunkhouses	
Cabin cruisers	
Cold-storage plants
Dwellings	
Fishing-boats	
Gasoline service-stations
Hotels	
Motor courts	
Motor-vehicles	
Outdoors-
Rest homes..
Rooming-houses,
Schools	
Stores and dwellings	
Trailers (mobile homes)
Totals, 1967—..
Totals, 1966	
Totals, 1965	
Totals, 1964	
Totals, 1963	
Totals, 1962—
Totals, 1961	
Totals, 1960	
Totals, 1959	
Totals, 1958	
Ten-year totals
1
1
1
1
47
78
58
71
51
54
69
60
56
63
46
Smokers' carelessness (3) —
In bed (1)  	
While intoxicated (2) 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment,
sparks from (1)  	
Smoker's   carelessness — smoking   in
bed (1)	
Unknown (1)	
Gasoline carelessness (1)   _
Children playing with fire (1)	
Electrical appliances (1)	
Furnaces or furnace pipes, combustible
materials too near (1) 	
Gasoline (3)—
Carelessness with (2)	
Lamp explosion (1)	
Kerosene lamp (1)	
Matches, children with (3)	
Oil burners (2) —
Defective (1)	
Defective euipment (1)	
Smokers' carelessness (22) —
In bed (12) 	
In the home (5) 	
While intoxicated (5)	
Stoves or stove pipes (4) —
Combustible materials too near (1)	
Insufficiently protected (3)	
Unknown (9) 	
Defective wiring (1) 	
Gasoline-vapour explosion (1) 	
Smokers' carelessness (3)	
Unknown (2) 	
Smoker's   carelessness — while   intoxicated (1)  	
Collision (2)	
Matches, children with (1)	
Motor-vehicle upset (2)	
Smoker's carelessness (1) 	
Unknown (1) 	
Matches, children with (1)  	
Smoker's   carelessness — smoking   in
bed (1)    	
Chimneys, defective (1)  	
Stoves or stove pipes, combustible materials too near (1)  	
Unknown (1)	
Defective wiring (1)	
Smokers' carelessness (3)—
In bed (2)  	
In unlisted location (1) 	
46
39
46
28
35
47
33
38
47
28
387
25
13
17
9
15
13
19
14
9
14
1
15
35
18
28
24
23
38
27
19
30
25
148
267
2
1
1
6
1
4
15
5
8
1
3
20
I
1
4
2
1
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
106
70
91
61
73
98
79
71
86
67
802
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TABLE IX.—TWENTY-YEAR FIRE LOSS
37
34
33
32
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• ANNUAL DOLLAR LOSS
•FIRE FATALITIES
(MILLIONS)
(TENS)
 AVERAGE DOLLAR LOSS PER FIRE  (HUNDREDS)
 NUMBER OF FIRES (THOUSANDS)
 Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1969
 

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