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  THE FIRE MARSHAL
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
FORTY-SECOND
ANNUAL REPORT
  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:
ROBERT W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
j, B.C., March 31, 1964.
  TABLE OF CONTENTS
Report of the Fire Marshal	
Table I.—Fire Investigations Made by the Office of the Fire Marshal—
Table HI.—Fires Reported	
Construction of Buildings Burned__
I Table IV.—Causes of Fires	
Table V.—Classification of Property Burned and Causes	
Table VI.—Summary 1 i
Table VII.—Ten-year Comparative Statement of Fire Losses-
Table VIII.—Loss of Life, 1954-63	
Table IX.—Twenty-year Fire Loss (Graph)-.
  REPOR_MF THE FIRE MARSHAL
The Honourable Robert W. Bonner, Q.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I beg to submit herewith the Forty-second Annual Report of the Fire
Marshal for the year ended December 31, 1963. It is noted that there was a
substantial decrease in deaths by fire, the number of fires, and financial loss in 1963.
Seventy-three persons—35 men, 15 women, and 23 children—died from the
effects of fire in 1963, and while this shows a decrease as compared with the 1962
life loss, it leaves much to be desired. We continue to emphasize fire-prevention
education in the hope of further reducing this tragic loss of life.
There were 6,915 fires during the year, compared with 7,612 for 1962, a
decrease of 697. Financial losses during the year amounted to $13,792,731, showing a $554,139 decrease when compared with the 1962 financial loss of $14,346,-
870.
One hundred and twenty-six meetings with Municipal Councils, fire and police
I departments were attended by members of the staff during the year. Numerous
■ courses of instruction were held and assistance given to various departments of both
Provincial and Federal Governments, notably the Indian Affairs Branch, this with
a view to mitigating the life loss in Indian communities. Fire-prevention literature
and films continue to be distributed and shown in an effort to educate the public and
develop fire consciousness.
Five hundred and sixty-one sets of plans passed through our engineering office
during the year. These plans included those submitted for the required Fire Marshal
approval and also those submitted for fire-protection engineering advice. Numerous
requests for assistance from the engineering and architectural professions were
handled, and our activity in the field of radioactive isotopes continues to increase.
Our staff inspectors carried out 608 inspections throughout the Province during
the year. Almost all of these inspections were made at the request of Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal, who, in addition, carried out 92,088 inspections in the
normal course of duty. One hundred and ten orders for the correction of fire
hazards were processed, and six of these were appealed to the Fire Marshal, none of
which advanced to the Courts. There were 10 prosecutions under the Fire Marshal
Act and regulations, resulting in nine convictions and one acquittal.
During the year 12 projectionists' examinations were held for first-, second-,
and third-class licences. As a result, one first-class, eight second-class, and one
third-class certificates were issued.
The fire-fighter training units continue to provide 18-hour instruction courses
to all fire departments on request. During the year there were 347 visits to fire departments, and instruction was given to 40 departments and 578 fire-fighters.
I am pleased to report that instructions to the Fire Marshal, by virtue of the
Civil Defence Order in Council No. 1200/62, requiring the preparation of a comprehensive plan and programme for fire-prevention and fire-fighting services, have
been completed, and the plan is known as the " British Columbia Emergency Fire
 R 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Defence Plan." Further, pursuant to the same Order in Council, the Fire Marshal I
is prepared to take jurisdiction and authority over all fire-prevention and fire-fighting I
services when an emergency is declared by either the National Attack Warning 1
System or the Lieutenant-Governor. While this plan is complete and various fire |
advisory councils and operational facets set up and numerous exercises held, the 1
successful implementation will almost entirely depend upon an effective communica- 1
tions system not yet fully established.
It will be noted from Table I that 442 fires were investigated by members of the j
staff, an increase of 170 compared with 1962. These investigations resulted in 72 1
charges involving 72 persons and covering arson, setting fire to other substances, I
mischief, other crimes, and false alarms. There were 50 convictions, 15 acquittals, 1
6 referred to the Probation Officer, and 1 committed to the mental hospital. Thirty 1
of those charged were juveniles, an increase of 8 over the previous year.
I would like to thank the members of the various fire and police departments, j
the British Columbia Research Council, the National Harbours Board, the civil j
defence organizations, and my own staff for their excellent co-operation during the I
year. I would also like to thank the members of the Royal Canadian Mounted 1
Police, particularly those who are Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal, municipal I
police in the Province, Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal, insurance companies ]
and their adjusters, and the Fire Underwriters Investigation Bureau for their cooperation during 1963.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1963
Number of fires investigated ...
Number of charges laid—
Adults	
Juveniles	
Convicted
Ac^tted
Men.*™
Total
Arson-
12
5
:--'^~^rx
10
u^* r°to other substances	
"
34
7
1
Juveniles
Convicted
Acquitted
Probation
Total
Arson_
j
2
|
13
Setting fire to other substances	
8
16
8
6
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
City Municipalities (32)
inspections
Orders
inspections
Orders
I
1
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I
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69.539
District Municipalities (30)
Tow
t Municipalit
w W
BnrtSt   __*,,
1        -
Quesn
168
 i FIRE MARSHAL,
TABLE II.—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL—Continued
Village Municipalities (62)
&S_Z  1 Z-        Q__cu_ Beach . ;               '    —
Hope         —"     I    .J        Squambh        ~~          —
Local Districts (2)
Fire Districts (19)
1,284
2
Prince Rupert. County of_	
§
loco
Vancouver, County of	
	
Koo_^yTa
nnlynf
JS   rn„„ty„f
Sta-o.^
«■»«
wSrSr, County of	
II
M
2,773
3
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (32)
Districts Reports
Number
n
OistrictsReportir,
Number
ofS'
1
II
n™w«__i_»«
1870
$99 950
P°^oody_	
Greenwood —
Hi!
3,233
District Municipalities (30)
I
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OakBa
MO
in
Pnwrf|en_°"S	
Coquitlam	
?£Snd—i	
237,136
15686
ll
IZ^r.»„rI
Ml
2,113
Town Municipalit
es(4)
*„_,<_.   S|
!.
*?5&
Quesn
»|        S23.252
1
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1963
TABLE HI.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Village Municipalities (62)
DistrictsReportins
Number
ssr
Districts Repor_ng
Number
sss?
>J
2,571
Masset
\
l
Oliver	
l
656
BW
M
Locai Distric
s(2)
rnr
« r„rt
.
Total..
4
Fire Districts (19)
Cariboo  County of
1
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Sooke
"I
v"Cnn VW' COUnty °f	
f°°^°rad' COm*Sr ^	
$S2fc_-S3____:
10,584
1,258
416,514
Grand totals	
6,915
$13,792,731
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE III.—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Construction of Buildings Burned
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES
Causes of Pires
N^mfer
Amount o,
^r^„P^leteCtiTe °r 0Ter"ea'ed	
6?
M
—     179
«as M
SSEE == (improper useofappU^^e
i
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Engine back-firing :          	
IS
Sparks from	
           3SS
t ™<!w™ dt	
14
12449
%i^r                   	
9:507          70,364
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1963
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
Gas.llquefied petroleum-
Gas, natural-
Gasoline-
Heat radiation
Hplplraffi
g^^ljll^
Molt™ metal 1
Oil burners—
Oxy-gaswelding or cutting equipment, etc-
Sm°^^eiessness- "
Sparks from bonfire
Spontaneous ignition	
	
Steam pipes insufficiently protected	
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV.—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
ft                                         1
Unknown
I
$18 000
^SfSIrSfe near __
	
105
Gas,^atural, improper use of or defect.
veequip-
358
^'n8™8*' ""• CtC- isniti0n of	
	
MCCrhe_iiess
1808
OflDburner*-
Smokers- carelessnes*-
4 903
StCOTibusUbirmiterials too n
1599
As halt   lants and tanks
Defective wiring
 $600        ^'^
 $1200            1'9"6
S£S_"!_S-_       cutting equipmen
t.spSi
604
           53,209
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1
lacksmith-shops I—
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
1
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
%eSelquipment	
I
$515
lS^SbuSbn_i_tewr^
p|
Club-houses   (golf, ya
Sh   t  •     .
 —      $100,662
|j
~^a   14,275
• T  (' "";',„'„'   „r —
	
307
cZ«£wX™Z
k f
          59,802
Compressors	
Inflammable vapours, ignition o
    fm
2_ J
Stoves « stove pipes-^
C-pper-mms	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equ
           37,365
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equ
pment, sparks
Thawte
 m       1,5°5
Match carelessness	
               782
?TPnlrn_!^0m b0nfire 	
500
Electrical  appliances 	
               8««
Chimneys-
Fireplaces-
m
*£_£____? TateX*^ nea.
GFs;P.aS_
27 853
__£££_?£       1
uipment	
14,777
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1963
Property
Causes
Amount o, Loss
Gasoune-
HI?™"ia??nPn°Si0n I
"43?
Hot grease, oil, ignition of                   269
122039
^ l
I
Wariness 27
9,601
l\ ;: rr,„ivmm,           |?
■
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks       j
1061
Smokers' carelessness-
45 685
Spontaneous ignition         9
Explosion 1_                                                 Z       5
Sparks from  ZZZZZZZZZZ   ZZ.     22
ll
Electri.light plants        8
$3i969   $3'6'2,153
Electric-light and telephone
           20,522
ijjjMggi ">^-"acturing
Defective ove                                                                 1
$556
Electrical substations
             6,702
En ines
—$!_      1,77S
Factories (broom)                     1
Ex osur.
 6000
Factories (industrial equip-
            2,326
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1963
toSii
"f""em^siStoonear
	
Chimne
defective
feTsur
voiding equipment, sparks
rom
 —
GBSke
r_ine
aMe_vapours, igmUon of _
°Drfra
°Xfr?mS
welding or cutting equip
sparks
Oilb
°&__de
ssness with
Pump
damaged by motor-vehicle
	
	
abch^Ha!;„ouS;hig,,"iono,-
°fromS
welding or cutting equip
nent,
sparks
Matches
children with
Oxy-gas
welding or cutting equipm
=nt-
Boiler  defecti
mbustible materials too ne
	
SS
rcaesi°ri	
ble vapours, ignition of _
^fK
ers-
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Property
Causes
2*
Smokers'carelessness-
I
Short circuit
 US          $5,M1
 $35                3°
O'J^urncrs—
247
Smokers' carelessness
148 798
Sr"* materials too neat
	
225969
£S-M?iiH
Stove insufficiently protected ____
—
413!l40
GBr°oket~Une
5 659
Boiler   defec-
 $T066        151'°67
G^                   improper   use   of  o
defective
150
           l%9%
Machine-shops	
 $m      319'1M
°^;8a_!fweldil,g or cuttto8 cquipmen
improper
1930
Meat     ckin     lants
S US! „,„„„ -f
         249,559
Mh^a-^n_in-__g proper-
Lightning
$425
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1963
lding or
cutting
equipment, sparks
Candle car
Ir-nr-
ufficienU
ignition
e vapour
.ignitio
^tabed !
arelessnes
Zombis!
bUmaW
^istoo
Hff
Ftfb!_ke.
drum
GB°otal
xploston"
'ofrtc!
ignition
e vapour
, ignitio
Matches-
!olnUgPSor
Oxy-gas w
cutting
equipment, sparks
Short circu
'"j j 1
	
9
Oxy-gas we
.uttinge
quipment improper
k-firing_
GB?6kS"l
7^
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Gas, liquefied petrole
urn, to
proper us
of or
GBr0oket~line
°S£S weldlng or c
utting
equipment,
sparks
Short circuit !	
Ff Ub0tt7
m.exp
MCCh?_        with
Oxyys welding or CO
ttinge
Short circuit 	
	
	
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1963
TABLE V.—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Cause,
Amount of Loss
21
t
liances                                                     3
$17,680
inflammable vapours, ignition
ol
OUtarners-                                                                 j
Sparks from bonfire	
—
        2
Exposure                                                                         1
43,835
?ap"S_p^S_TZZ
Gas natural       losion
38,^
Steam pipes insufficiently pro
        1
S ontaneous ignition
$538CT
219
Hoi: ashes coals, etc.   	
        1
Power hou
Hot ashes coals etc                                                1
53,937
Powersn
E   ' e backfiring
54,413
™ h^r'trploS™' iE"lti0
Pumps and pumP-houses _
2,356
?£S^?ult	
        1
Radio stations	
Short circuit 1
g
Oxy-gas welding or cutting
*»»«■ »p«Ik»    !
2,433
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
wiring
Gas, liqu
efiedp
m-
Impro
eruse
l°- •
efective
quipment	
Hot grease, oil, t
ar.etc
.ignition
of	
ment
defectiv
ufficien
ypro
Sparks f
ombon
(ire_
Chimney
Defectiv
ZZ
If
msuffic
ently
rotected
Hot Sh"
Sntab2i
careles
WhUc
|pP
**»■
«E5oF
	
Stove, c
mbusti
lema
erialsto
near	
to°erryb
aces.
Fri?™:
from
B
nwith
OUburn
°^sas
welding
utting eq
uipment, sparks
carele
sness
Sparks f
ombus
hfire
Sow'
ommil
Chimne
SS
ST.
Electrics
	
 j .	
'fets ffqu
efied p
un, impr
3per use of or
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1
*ai£JSS?m
H
,00 ne
ffiHi
•
Chimneys—
Gasolin^-
H
litiono
Oil burners-
O^-gas welding
or cut
ting eq
■ipm
nt, sparks
Spon_n_Ts J_!
StC^b°ursJbleVem
s,
,00 ne
:
Sparks from m.l
tingeq
*»
nt, sparks
orcu
tingeq
ipm
•
ntlyp,
^Imp'pTr'S
7orUd
Scte
s?
Lent __
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Property
Causes
Amount o, Loss
s=
38
lS__Tba
Stove insufficienUy protected         	
—      J
|!|
d apartments _-
| i
pSwor_s ~
■
OU burners-
29 500
S'°,B.£emaStoon                                 1
75
arks from                                               1
—$23988        522,1M
Oxy^as welding or cutting equipment, sparks      rf
15
Smokers' ™*£^                           ~'     "
3W9
1"
1
$125fl0        101'*27
§p|||                             =      j
2V89
| |
Stores an
Electrical appliances	
'l
uXo™ CarCleSSaeSS
         263,088
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1963
Telephone exchanges
Stove, combustible materials
toone.
&ej-
Oxy-gas welding or cutting
equipm
ent, sparks
die carelessnes<
a^'SSS'T-'o
Hill
Oilburners-
Stove insufficienfly protected
	
	
^.vapour explosion -
—
	
Defective    I
°^\m^ petroleum' ta
installation
Gas,  natural,  improper  us<
of o
defective
eh_c,e_
'      b   kfirin
Oxy-gas welding or cutting
equipm
ent, defec-
Oxy-gas welding or cutting e
uipmen
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Property
Causes
AmountofLoss
Wharves I
Gasoline-
$140
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks        j
45 829
Woodworking^* —      3
F     a         arks from                                               1
 W      $135'2W
Smokers' carelessness                            _      2
 —           7,o,5
Ma^bl^vapours^igniUon of       1
3 MO
Stoves or stove pipes-
	
           37,872
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1963
TABLE VI.—SUMMARY
Fires Reported
ill
111
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III
111
n
Total
September	
|
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1
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4
1,258
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
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City Municipalities
District Municipalities
Town Municipalities
Village Municipalities
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1963- -
l
TO^OS.
999
||
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ll
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«
1959 —
l'riim
1956	
	
521498
Totals	
|
261
$48
507,657
21
751
| B7,8M'754
345
j      $852,933
|   3.024
$6,648,092
Local Districts
FireMstric*
Total
Fires
losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
n
$4963       1258
3'899992
6,915
$13 792 731
440
''Z
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$£40T
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1963
TABLE VIII.—LOSS OF LIFE, 1954-63
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CauseofPire
LossofLife
Occupancy
Men
Women
Children
Total
Smokers'carelessness (6)-
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OU burners (2.-
\
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s™°k"H,_:,Tlessness (8)_
£a^ey^ayear(3)-
I
G^°^raf°" SS1n°si?n<1)	
3
Motor-vehicles (2)-
I
Inflammable vapours, ignition of (1)	
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73
79
85
72
366
136
292
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IX.—TWENTY-YEAR FIRE LOSS
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