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 ANNUAL REPORT
OF THE
FIRE
MARSHAL
FOR
1969
BRITISH
COLUMBIA
Hon. L. R. Peterson, Q.C. B. Nixon
Attorney-General of British Columbia Fire Marshal of British Columbia
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
  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-eighth Annual Report of the
Fire Marshal for the year ended December 31, 1969.
LESLIE R. PETERSON
A ttorney-General
Victoria, British Columbia, January 14, 1971.
  TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
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, Construction of Buildings Burned  12
Table IV—Causes of Fires  15
Table V—Classification of Property Burned and Causes  17
Table VI—Summary  34
Table VII—Ten-year Comparative Statement of Fire Losses  35
Table VIII—Loss of Life, 1960-69  36
Table IX—Twenty-year Fire Loss (Graph)  37
  REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL
Office of the Fire Marshal,
Vancouver, British Columbia, January 14, 1971.
The Honourable Leslie R. Peterson, Q.C,
Attorney-General, Victoria, British Columbia.
Sir: I beg to submit the Forty-eighth Annual Report of the Fire Marshal for
the year ended December 31, 1969. During the year there were 7,602 fires, an
increase from 7,010 fires the previous year. The fire loss totalled $27,514,446, the
highest annual loss this Province has ever suffered. The previous high loss of just
over $23 million occurred in 1966. There was a decrease in the number of deaths,
but I regret to report that 87 persons died in 74 fires, 46 of these deaths occurring
in private dwellings. There may be other contributing factors, but it remains that
smokers' carelessness is the largest single cause of these deaths, with 10 of the fires
attributed to smoking in bed.
Fire Advisory Services
I am pleased to report that a fire-protection survey was completed for the
Regional District of Comox-Strathcona. These surveys provide the regional district
with recommendations to enable it to utilize existing fire-fighting apparatus to the
best advantage and provide a schedule of future fire-protection needs. We have
received so many requests to provide such fire-protection surveys that we plan to
continue this service.
The programme of certification of automobile fire-fighting apparatus instituted
last year continued to provide the municipalities, on request, with the assurance that
automobile fire-fighting apparatus purchased by them meets acceptable performance
standards.
Pursuant to the Fire Marshal Act, our staff Inspectors made 915 inspections
and Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal made 77,927 inspections. Arising out of
these inspections, 197 Fire Marshal orders were issued and three appeals to the
Fire Marshal were heard and determined.
The British Columbia Emergency Fire Defence Plan
It was necessary for us to revise the British Columbia Emergency Fire Defence
Plan, particularly in the field of the dispersal of fire apparatus and manpower. This
major undertaking was necessary so as to maintain consistency with new concepts
introduced by the Canadian Forces.
Fire Investigation Services
This year, 303 fires were investigated by staff Inspectors, which resulted in 113
charges being laid. The results of these investigations are set out in Table I. One
Fire Marshal inquiry was held. The collection and reporting of fire-crime information to the Dominion Bureau of Statistics is the responsibility of this office, and the
returns for the year are also included in Table I.
7
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Service Training
Our travelling instructional units conducted courses in fire-fighting at 71 fire
departments, the courses being attended by 1,054 fire-fighters. Specialized courses
in marine fire-fighting and basic fire-fighting were held in conjunction with the
Department of Education.
During the year, fire-pumpers were assigned for training to Barkerville, Fort
Steele, Saanich, Mill Bay, Colwood, Cache Creek, Princeton, and the Vancouver
Wireless Station.
Three orientation courses for Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal were held.
These courses cover instruction in the use of the Fire Marshal Act and regulations.
Thirty-three municipalities were represented by 47 persons.
Public Information Services
The distribution of technical and public fire-safety information occupied a
prominent role in our public service. Our membership in international, national,
Provincial, and local advisory and enforcement agencies provided us with current
fire-safety information and requirements.
Public information services were maintained through the medium of our film
library, directives, displays, and lectures.
Public Safety
We continued to receive and circulate to fire and police departments throughout the Province information on the movement and the location of radioactive materials. Large shipments of these sources were escorted through the heavily populated
areas by our Inspectors.
Moving-picture projectionist examinations held pursuant to the Fire Marshal
Act and regulations were attended by 21 applicants. As a result of these examinations, 10 first-class, 10 second-class, and 1 third-class licences were issued.
The use of mobile homes and campers continued very popular and during the
year 4,085 Fire Marshal approval labels for compressed-gas systems were issued.
During the year, 1,925 plans and specifications were received and processed.
Statistical information goes out each year to the Dominion Fire Commissioner,
Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners across Canada and the United States, insurance companies, adjusters, and libraries, to Local Assistants to the Fire Marshal,
and many others. For tabulating purposes, detailed records of all large-loss fires
are sent to the National Fire Protection Association for inclusion in fire-loss surveys.
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, other Local Assistants to the Fire
Marshal, the insurance companies and their adjusters for co-operation given throughout the year.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
HENRY K. JENNS
Acting Fire Marshal
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1969
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TABLE I—FIRES INVESTIGATED
Totals
A. Total number of fires investigated throughout the Province  514
B. Fires investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshal—
Accident or negligence     94
Incendiary     131
Unknown     73
298
C. Charges laid throughout the Province-
Adults
Number of persons charged  42
Number of charges laid  68
Arson  51
Setting fire to other substances     8
Other offences     9
Disposition of charges—
Convicted   46
Dismissed      8
Withdrawn     2
Stay of proceedings     1
Committed to institution	
veniles
28
70
45
113
22
20
3
36
3
5
Pending   11
D. Fire crime statistics—(The following record is compiled by the Fire Marshal
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.
479
115
364
65
47
39
3
28
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE II—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL
City Municipalities (31)
Districts Reporting
Inspections
Orders
Districts Reporting
Inspections
Orders
36
1,264
90
800
1,421
219
44
86
23
2
609
1,479
963
1,845
1,662
1
~~2
" ~i
4
i
6,709
3,312
1,273
224
215
1,417
378
138
1
Courtenay  	
Penticton 	
4
1
Port Coquitlam  	
1
Enderby    	
1
Rossland  	
Trail	
134
16,692
1,003
6,631
298
2
Kelowna	
Vancouver.	
93
2
Langley 	
6
White Rock 	
Totals 	
48,967
121
District Municipalities (40)
Burnaby -  ~~.
8,687
408
48
5S3
4
40
1,882
520
~40
9
3
1,354
2,682
Oak Bay                    	
4
Delta
169
498
331
62
18
8
102
66
Richmond....	
1
2
Hudson's Hope 	
Kent
27
2
256
51
163
361
1
Langley —  	
Maple Ridge	
4,622
650
174
1
Terrace	
3
33
405
5
Totals	
24,249
26
Town Municipalities (14)
10
284
2
69
Quesnel	
Fort St. John      	
5
1
Smithers  -	
177
2
Kinnaird - 	
Ladysmith -	
59
53
Totals  ...         	
657
5
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1969
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TABLE II—INSPECTIONS MADE AND ORDERS ISSUED BY
LOCAL ASSISTANTS TO THE FIRE MARSHAL—Continued
Village Municipalities (53)
Districts Reporting
Inspections
Orders
Districts Reporting
Inspections
Orders
Abbotsford 	
79
20
1
Alert Bay 	
100 Mile House
Osoyoos	
Parksville— - , , 	
Cache Creek.	
23
870
~ 9
4
65
~ 8
104
20
1
Port McNeill 	
1
Fort St. James... _	
Princeton 	
1
Sayward _	
Sechelt -  -	
Silverton   	
9
7
37
Taylor- —.
Telkwa	
Tofino -.     .
Ucluelet - 	
7
Vanderhoof	
Warfield -- 	
Zeballos —
Totals	
Midway  —-..	
15
49
1,290
40
Fire Districts (17)
8
~128
501
115
545
2
1
1
934
3
Vernon 	
Victoria, County of.	
56
437
1
37
Totals	
2,764
5
Inspections Orders
Grand totals, 1969-
Grand totals, 1968.
Grand totals, 1967-
Grand totals, 1966-
Grand totals, 1965.
Grand totals, 1964.
Grand totals, 1963..
Grand totals, 1962-
Grand totals, 1961-
Grand totals, I960-
77,927
197
92,074
172
85,969
529
84,874
603
83,678
178
82,758
151
92,088
100
88,441
192
93,826
196
95,259
154
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE III—FIRES REPORTED
City Municipalities (31)
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
6
28
19
13
52
17
3
11
3
8
58
75
26
11
91
32
$45,576
51,155
28,325
13,641
95,553
21,675
17,073
10,112
1,998
5,255
510,967
712,871
65,922
130,958
120,163
276,944
193
114
65
93
61
32
189
43
39
19
62
1,745
43
286
26
$254,274
95,810
74,780
59,696
Dawson Creek.	
Port Coquitlam -	
57,927
1,045,266
156,847
141,113
110,229
Greenwood  	
Rossland -  	
Trail- 	
50,730
70,392
3,833,656
Kimberley   -
Vernon 	
36,936
269,452
White Rock _	
101,225
Nelson 	
Totals 	
3,463
$8,466,521
District Municipalities (40)
Burnaby __
Campbell River-
Central Saanich.
Chilliwhack „
Coldstream	
Coquitlam	
Delta 	
Esquimalt-
Fraser Mills..
Gold River-
Houston 	
Hudson's Hope-
Kent , 	
Kitimat	
Langley	
Mackenzie	
Maple Ridge.
Matsqui	
Mission	
North Cowichan.
North Saanich	
426
40
21
80
12
91
124
44
1
7
6
9
15
38
63
10
110
41
21
22
9
$932,551
98,443
50,570
297,262
56,666
186,747
733,900
48,693
526
11,456
26,200
24,494
25,584
115,752
767,458
120,181
217,766
264,732
134,014
38,737
5,676
North Vancouver..
OakBay	
Peachland 	
Pitt Meadows	
Port Alice	
Port Hardy	
Powell River	
Richmond	
Saanich	
Salmon Arm	
Spall umcheen—	
Sparwood 	
Squamish	
Stewart	
Sumas -	
Summerland-	
Surrey-
Terrace	
West Vancouver-
Totals..
185
60
3
11
2
8
17
190
228
10
5
3
8
5
12
20
390
48
129
2,524
$221,510
47,173
1,164
101,178
96,601
134,156
32,084
235,984
356,760
23,300
30,875
44,000
11,707
147,229
24,293
43,083
874,069
97,785
244,144
$6,924,503
Town Municipalities (14)
3
3
11
18
6
5
2
16
$395
1,715
6,463
109,247
8,974
9,417
11,013
32,157
14
7
11
10
10
25
$15,777
99,047
Quesnel -	
Sidney  	
Smithers - —
8,470
Fort St. John	
138,155
8,836
245,197
Kinnaird   -	
Totals   	
141
$694,863
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1969
TABLE III—FIRES REPORTED—Continued
Village Municipalities (53)
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Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
Districts Reporting
Number
Amount
of Loss
16
3
4
7
6
1
4
1
1
5
1
1
10
2
1
4
6
2
4
2
3
2
3
2
5
$17,335
13,369
35,976
58,531
24,918
650
1,416
458
4,659
12,520
300
65
8,275
335
2
4
1
5
12
4
1
2
6
2
4
5
1
1
" 5
6
2
1
3
5
1
1
416
Alert Bay 	
$79,972
100 Mile House	
400
Osoyoos	
Parksville -—
2,403
1,916
29,900
Port McNeill.	
11,500
92,387
3,187
Qualicum Beach	
Salmo — 	
Salmon Arm - -
813
Fruitvale —	
Gibsons	
15,699
6,504
392
Sechelt 	
Silverton	
21,663
2,559
42,374
20,272
14,475
5,726
39,942
24,249
163
15,687
12,532
Taylor    	
Telkwa	
Tofino	
27,331
Lillooet	
Lumby   	
5,773
10
555
17,792
Warfield	
150
207
27,790
200
Nakusp 	
Totals	
170
$703,746
Fire Districts (17)
Cariboo, County of	
Colwood _	
loco   	
Kootenay, County of	
Langford 	
Nanaimo, County of—	
Ocean Falls	
Prince George 	
Prince Rupert, County of.
Sooke  	
339
14
2
163
12
184
93
4
$3,007,240
3,247
3,246
2,061,967
48,266
995,362
1,649,727
703,397
2,554
University Area 	
Vancouver, County of—
Vernon 	
Victoria, County of	
View Royal	
Westminster, County of
Yale, County of 	
Totals _	
Grand totals	
25
64
1
48
17
30
300
1,304
7.602
31,277
$523,294
75
154,373
45,257
64,412
1,431,119
$10,724,813
$27,514,446
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Construction of Buildings Burned
Fire resistive—
City municipalities 	
District municipalities 	
Town municipalities .
Village municipalities
Fire districts 	
Brick, concrete, or heavy timber-
City municipalities 	
District municipalities 	
Town municipalities .
Village municipalities
Fire districts 	
Wood frame
City municipalities
District municipalities ...
Town municipalities 	
Village municipalities ...
Fire districts  	
Metal or corrugated iron—
City municipalities 	
District municipalities .
Town municipalities —
Village municipalities
Fire districts	
Totals
Number
Amount
of Loss
11
$11,103
2
145
410
94
3
7
23
2,248,766
711,635
25,854
78,781
156,098
2,122
1,745
99
119
817
5,708,951
5,326,274
594,100
571,800
7,952,713
920
685
39
44
462
507,701
886,594
74,909
53,165
2,615,857
7,602
$27,514,446
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1969
TABLE IV—CAUSES OF FIRES
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Causes of Fires
Number
Amount of
Loss
Total
Number
Total
Amount of
Loss
1
6
83
8
26
96
41
36
3
91
3
2
448
21
1
328
169
1
141
49
59
37
74
41
512
92
26
456
374
43
13
$45,000
29,175
54,385
117,539
41,977
Chimney—
67
29
$234,000
244,341
478,341
32,077
23,755
636
579,541
241,200
434,887
Electrical wiring  and  equipment   (improper  use of  appli-
497.456
118,541
4,800
173,192
741,895
Film                      	
142
Fireplace—
23
118
$22,986
130,158
153,144
52,126
Friction—■
23
2
22
3
9
$29,547
700
186,994
76,316
9,123
302,680
Furnace or furnace-pipes—
13
9
9
6
$91,645
60,972
7,476
1,845
161,938
Gas, liquefied petroleum—■
Explosion—	
Improper installation of appliance 	
22
3
49
$63,737
1,572
240,214
305,523
Gas, natural—
12
2
27
$65,676
400
16,925
83,001
Gasoline—
169
57
137
4
41
13
12
79
$213,476
100,301
134,193
705
84,753
7,002
63,145
325,103
928,678
90,806
17,804
687,564
1,939,165
151,291
Kerosene—
3
6
4
$1,063
4,434
12,025
17,522
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE IV—CAUSES OF FIRES—Continued
Causes of Fires
Number
Amount of
Loss
Total
Number
Total
Amount of
Loss
Lightning-
Matches-
Carelessness with-
Children with	
Molten metal _.
Motor-vehicle upset-
Oil-burner—
Broken line	
Defective	
Defective equipment-
Explosion	
Sparks from —
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, etc-
Defective..
Improper use of..
Sparks from	
Short circuit-
Smokers' carelessness-
In bed _
In the home	
In unlisted locations-
While intoxicated	
Sparks from bonfire *.
Sparks from bush fire	
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from grinder	
Sparks from mill-burner-
Spontaneous ignition-
Steam or other pipes insufficiently protected..
Stove or stove-pipes—■
Combustible materials too near	
Defective  _	
Explosion..
Insufficiently protected-
Sparks from	
Sulphur, ignition of~
Thawing pipes	
Unknown 	
33
251
$24,693
778,298
4
108
39
43
9
$10,780
490,551
110,055
329,314
44,077
10
16
60
$35,478
131,533
1,068,570
287
882
378
32
$276,913
813,075
596,956
53,675
210
13
2
88
14
$304,945
37,795
12,705
220,035
56,668
Totals-
284
5
26
86
664
1,579
72
19
12
4
16
43
5
327
6
46
915
7,602
$32,051
802,991
30,159
65,272
984,777
1,235,581
1,173,580
1,740,619
59,290
77,402
105,511
14,857
340,636
263,842
6,389
632,148
27,323
87,681
11,328,556
$27,514,446
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1969
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TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
1
1
7
411
1
3
1
6
3
73
1
7
1
1
6
1
8
1
1
30
7
2
3
1
1
3
1
3
3
45
20
3
9
2
1
1
5
210
2
15
32
13
1
7
4
2
6
33
5
1
$
1,000
25
$
45,000
Smoker's carelessness  	
Incendiary     	
75
Candles and open flames  - 	
1,025
Apartments  -
1,095
5
3,755
26,182
11,100
550
3,055
264
310
5,357
350
110
8.583
28,613
7,807
373
2,480
600
100
25
1,959
318,720
487
5,380
182
475
186,569
Electrical appliances and equipment 	
Fireworks  —
Gas, natural—
Improper use of or defective equipment	
Gasoline—
Stove, lamp, torch —  —
Incendiary —     -
Oil-burner—
Defective —
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Smokers' carelessness - 	
Stove or stove-pipes—
Incendiary   	
614,486
350
Armouries 	
Bakeries   	
584
150
208
Smoker's carelessness - -	
942
8,000
Banks _.._	
50
1,000
2,691
1,266
Barber    shops    and    beauty
parlours  _.	
Exposure	
Incendiary  _ -	
Engine backfiring  — 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
5,007
Barges and scows —	
50
4,250
200
Electrical appliances and equipment 	
Electrical wiring overloaded  - -	
Exposure    	
4,500
Barns and stables —	
200
300
3,000
188,966
500
16,723
16,544
30,119
13,833
750
3,600
19,000
268,695
Matches, children with - —
Short circuit    	
Smokers' carelessness  —	
Sparks from engine   — -	
Spontaneous ignition - ...:	
562,230
2,500
Bath-houses   	
50
5,590
3,163
8,803
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V-
-CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Bowling alleys  	
4
2
4
33
17
1
3
19
12
5
5
Incendiary  ...	
2
2
1
5
5
3
3
1
3
1
1
1
7
2
1
1
4
1
1
2
5
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
7
3
1
1
2
1
5
1
1
1
1
2
1
3
1
2
1
2
$
300
91,422
22,064
$
Unknown	
113,786
100
100
Incendiary    -	
Incendiary    	
Sparks from engine  	
100
16,000
10,450
26,550
5,069
200
14,648
139,947
9,533
986
50
803,930
12,000
20,000
100
38,142
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or
de-
Gasoline stove, lamp, torch	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Sparks from      	
Smoker's carelessness 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or
de-
Bunkhouses .	
42,500
20,000
7,000
43,007
200
25
7,500
7,250
Oil-burner—
Defective  _
Engine backfiring  —	
127,482
50
40
10
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Chimney defective or overheated	
Churches  and  church  properties  	
1,079
408
75
107
1,441
66,930
455
14,291
21,805
19,000
Fireworks     ■ 	
Incendiary 	
Stove, combustible material too near	
Unknown  	
125,591
87
8,205
1,777
10
2,966
75
15,800
Incendiary
Smoker's carelessness 	
Sparks from bonfire	
28,920
Clubs    - 	
7,319
3,422
1,000
Smokers' carelessness	
Unknown   — -	
11,741
1,072
1,000
55,496
Unknown    	
57,568
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1969
U   19
TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Compressors
Cookhouses
Cranes           3
Dairies  —        1
Dry-cleaning plants        2
Dwellings     3,299
Gasoline vapour explosion
Incendiary   _	
Short circuit   —.
Unknown	
Oil-burner explosion
Short circuit 	
Stove or stove-pipes, sparks from.
Exposure 	
Incendiary —
Short circuit
Thawing pipes  _.	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of _
Unknown  —	
Candles and open flames 	
Children playing with fire - -
Chimney—-
Defective or overheated  —
Sparks from 	
Defective wiring —   —
Electrical appliances and equipment.
Electrical wiring overloaded 	
Exposure  	
Film    —
Fireplace—■
Defective   	
Sparks from  _ —	
Fireworks        	
Friction in machinery   _	
Furnace or furnace-pipe—
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  _	
Stove, lamp, torch  	
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  —	
Stove, lamp, torch  -	
Used to kindle fire	
Lightning   	
Matches-
Carelessness with  	
Children with 	
Molten metal -  	
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
66
19
.    57
20
.    41
311
.    14
44
1
.    24
116
25
2
11
5
4
3
3
1
13
5
1
23
2
16
1
21
6
9
21
56
16
351
70
19
2
3
4
7
20
152
2
2,907
25
3,470
1,732
196,000
129,201
45,000
300
10
200
3,728
400
49,804
22,071
209,736
34,215
230,769
240,968
92,366
263,559
142
23,211
129,846
32,340
73
14,026
12,128
734
1,070
3,624
940
46,130
23,497
100
16,330
10,749
20,086
29
48,269
4,367
61,466
57,595
31,682
4,225
209,146
142,857
26,428
463
851
12,025
7,448
2,871
253,708
208
8,134
370,201
510
2,900
4,128
 U 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V-
-CLASSIFICATION
AND CAUSES-
OF PROPERTY BURNED
-Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
4
1
2
1
2
4
4
2
1
1
3
1
1
7
1
Oil-burner—
Broken line  	
1
66
22
27
4
1
3
5
138
97
737
12
20
7
2
1
14
161
10
2
62
7
31
282
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
$
205
128,971
23,875
77,025
20,050
29,500
15,108
823
256,918
87,292
649,969
36,014
3,191
14,558
25,464
358
52,493
219,575
29,649
12,705
134,780
6,814
46,411
1,843,613
$
Defective equipment   	
Explosion 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Defective  '	
Short circuit     — 	
Smokers' carelessness—
In the home  _ _   	
Sparks from bonfire — ■ -	
Spontaneous ignition   _	
Stove or stove-pipe—
Combustible material too near  	
	
Thawing pipes   	
Unknown 	
6,138,513
2,607
507
3,929
Electric-light   and   telephone
7,043
50
1,640
250
Electrical repair shops 	
Incendiary      	
1,890
2,000
45,659
92,355
Elevators  (grain)	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Gasoline—
138 014
3,500
30
33
75
On exhaust pipe	
Smoker's carelessness 	
Factories—
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or de-
3,638
400
29,000
200
43.904
73,504
2,000
16,000
Spontaneous  	
18,000
486
98
Clothing  	
5,000
151,824
438
1,095
2,969
3,198
125
25
25
305
Incendiary   	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
7,850
1,000
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1969
U 21
TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Factories—Continued
Rag      	
1
2
1
2
3
1
10
2
15
1
1
28
1
4
1
26
2
2
3
5
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
18
1
1
3
1
1
$
200
500
$
25
Rock-wool insulation
Friction in machinery  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of	
Smoker's carelessness  .  	
700
7,509
727
30,926
Electrical appliances and equipment	
Incendiary        ..
Stove, combustible material too near 	
31,653
500
9,792
50
10,342
1,000
550
1,200
150
2,000
300
50
50
6,207
Veneer and plywood
Boiler or boiler-pipes—
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Short circuit	
Smoker's carelessness	
10,507
860
38,920
Sparks from engine   —	
39,780
10
25
25
1,282
51
60
Defective wiring   	
Sparks from bush fire  	
Unknown	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
1,453
25
200
1,600
8,000
2,000
150
5,000
26,300
5,000
3,500
6,500
10,000
23,000
2,500
26,207
54,714
Fire and police stations	
25
Gasoline—
Carelessness with   	
Oil-burner—
Stove or stove-pipes, combustible material too near
Unknown    	
174,671
249,475
Flour, feed, and rice mills ...
50
4,800
383
26,936
Fireworks	
32,169
328,549
Fruit-packing plants 	
4
926
470
5
25
5
1,500
Gaols and industrial institu-
Gasoline used in cleaning —	
Incendiary   	
Short circuit	
Unknown    	
2,935
 U 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Garages—
120
39
1
24
2
1
1
1
2
9
4
6
3
1
32
1
3
23
1
1
1
6
4
1
20
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
2
6
3
1
1
1
9
1
1
1
2
3
6
2
1
1
3
1
3
1
1
1
$
2,226
110
1,939
9,435
3,631
6,244
285
75
31,376
100
100
8,708
600
1,200
200
3,450
1,373
4,450
31,104
$
Gasoline—
Carelessness with    	
Vapour explosion  ..   	
Hot ashes, coals, etc	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of —	
Matches-
Carelessness with   	
Oxy-gas welding and cutting equipment, improper
Smokers' carelessness—
Unknown   .,,  	
Chimney defective or overheated	
106,606
Public   	
7,655
405
1,600
2,955
27,588
139
65
115,285
88,210
600
50,929
1,667
177
105,475
62,875
20,007
11,987
75
1,700
231,903
Defective wiring  — 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or de-
Gas, natural—
Gasoline—
Inflammable vapours, ignition of 	
Oil-burner—■
Defective  —  	
Defective equipment 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—■
Smoker's carelessness 	
Chemical explosion   	
Chimney defective or overheated	
Gasoline—■
731,297
25,429
Gas-manufacturing plants _
Gasoline stations (service) .
6,400
3,500
505
1,931
38,919
75
9,000
149
4,633
300
48,720
Inflammable vapours, ignition of 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
114,132
1,349
263,504
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
264,853
498
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1969
U 23
TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Greenhouses
Halls
22
Haystacks and balers
Hospitals,   institutions,   and
nursing homes _      66
Hotels
124
Kennels _	
Knitting-mills   	
Laboratories  (research)
Launches   and   other   small
craft 	
27
Boiler or boiler-pipes defective or overheated .
Electrical appliances and equipment  	
Gasoline, carelessness with   	
Oil-burner defective —
Sparks from bonfire 	
Exposure    	
Incendiary      	
Smoker's carelessness 	
Stove or stove-pipes—
Combustible   materials too near .
Sparks from  	
Unknown  	
Gasoline vapour explosion —  1
Unknown    1
Electrical appliances and equipment  3
Gas, natural, improper installation of appliance 1
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of  1
Incendiary  _     1
Matches, carelessness with    2
Oil-burner defective —     1
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from 1
Short circuit        2
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed       42
In public premises .    7
Sparks from bonfire    1
Stoves, combustible materials too near   1
Unknown       3
Candles and open flames .
Chimney, sparks from 	
Defective wiring
  1
 —  2
  —  1
Electrical appliances and equipment  — 4
Exposure .
Furnace defective 	
Gas, natural, explosion
Heat radiation	
2
1
1
1
3
7
1
1
1
2
58
3
In public premises       13
While intoxicated       12
Stove—
Combustible materials too near         3
Insufficiently protected .       1
Unknown    _      6
Unknown  	
Friction in conveyer belt
Chemical explosion
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of.
Incendiary    _ _.	
Matches, carelessness with  	
Oil-burners—
Defective  _  	
Explosion  	
Short circuit _  	
Smokers' carelessness—■
In bed — 	
In the home   	
Electrical appliances and equipment.
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of.
Short circuit .  	
Unknown _ 	
Defective battery connection —	
Electrical appliances and equipment
Engine backfiring  	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with  	
Vapour explosion   	
3,200
416
350
50
1,800
14,698
36,679
100
206
373
300,580
2,000
1,000
447
300
500
50
456
296
9,213
7,293
2,271
3,150
150
10
345
42
202,286
60,000
11,607
35,723
44,434
40
100
2,200
1,710
21
3,879
1,006
2,107
114,297
216
96,356
2,623
170
100
520,591
1,000
650
325
400
32,988
10
4,000
194
446
30,191
5,816
352,636
3,000
1,099,508
6,270
200
35,363
 U 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Laundries
16
Libraries  	
Logging-camps
Machine shops
Meat-packing plants .
Metal-salvage plants
Mines and mining properties
Motor courts      62
Incendiary	
Matches, children with
Short circuit 	
Stove defective —	
Unknown   	
Boiler or boiler-pipes overheated 	
Electrical appliances and equipment	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or defective equipment   	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment          	
Short circuit    	
Smoker's carelessness in the home ._	
Spontaneous ignition   _	
Short circuit
Unknown  —
Friction in machinery .
Friction in pulley	
Oil-burner defective ...
Unknown   	
Incendiary 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Improper use of  _	
Sparks from —  	
Short circuit	
Unknown    	
Gasoline vapour explosion
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances and equipment.
Short circuit   _	
Unknown    	
Candles and open flames —	
Chimney defective or overheated .
Defective wiring
Electrical appliances and equipment.
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion
Improper use of or defective equipment.
Gas, natural, explosion _	
Gasoline vapour explosion .
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of.
Incendiary	
Matches, children with  	
Oil-burner—
Defective equipment 	
Explosion   —	
Short circuit   	
Smokers' carelessness-
In bed _	
In the home 	
In public premises  	
While intoxicated . 	
Spontaneous ignition 	
Stove or stove-pipes—
Combustible materials too near .
Defective  	
Insufficiently protected  	
Thawing pipes	
Unknown    	
20,975
300
11,990
8,000
35,667
10,778
2,226
44
122
434
60
50
50
100
497
75,966
38,550
176,350
17,476
5,300
4,595
18.589
15,283
10,000
11,441
21,877
48,123
321
789
103
1,281
1,064
25,732
162
8,500
776
1,342
25
1,542
392
1,912
4,054
667
35
2,512
1,075
11,471
141
10,062
3,635
17,197
111,773
150
291,363
45,960
177,210
25,283
94,790
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL, 1969
U 25
TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles (*1,932)—
Automobiles (passenger)
.1,459
3
9
Candles and open flames 	
Collision 	
Defective battery connection	
....      1
31
24
.      3
$
400
22,592
4,191
636
7,155
4,299
96,658
20,512
4,236
7,984
1,050
3,514
50
53,500
1,383
57,457
100
3,225
300
12,514
1,980
34,129
1,087
320
525
19,247
4,250
4,601
8,216
112,073
38,915
600
157
15
2,345
700
79,395
$
Defective wiring  	
21
     13
Engine backfiring _
Exposure    	
Fireworks  	
Friction—■
265
30
5
     13
In machinery   	
4
6
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or
fective equipment —	
Gasoline—-
Broken line      .    -
de-
1
123
.     11
On exhaust pipe  —   	
Pump damaged by motor-vehicle 	
Stove, lamp, torch — ,	
108
1
3
1
     18
10
Incendiary    	
36
.      4
Matches—
4
       3
     16
2
       7
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—
Defective
Sparks from	
10
319
199
1
Smokers' carelessness _ „
Spontaneous ignition   	
2
       1
Stove or stove-pipes—■
Combustible material too near —	
2
1
Unknown   	
160
       1
610,311
300
150
50
1
       1
Exposure —   — ._	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
1
....     2
500
168
2,600
1,665
3,500
5,200
600
35
3
Gasoline stove, lamp, torch	
.       1
       1
       1
4
13,733
Motor-cycles 	
3,830
5,429
150
2,012
135
175
80
1,500
200
400
14
1
Gasoline-
      5
      2
Vapour explosion —
Incendiary   	
Motor-vehicle upset   	
3
2
..     2
       1
       1
13,911
 U 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles—Continued
Tractors (bulldozers, graders, mowers, etc.)  	
124
20
282
1
4
1
5
3
1
2
1
1
13
6
4
5
6
4
2
2
2
1
3
34
2
4
17
4
5
5
2
39
14
1
3
1
1
1
6
22
19
1
1
7
1
11
1
5
$                  $
4,000
3,443
Defective wiring —	
60,000
18,639
20,700
100
Friction—
10,550
3,500
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of
or de-
2,899
Gasoline—
Broken line — -
Carelessness with 	
101,908
27,170
On exhaust pipe      ... .
Vapour explosion 	
4,847
7,246
41,315
37,345
1,919
Inflammable vapours, ignition of 	
Motor-vehicle upset  — 	
Oil-burner, sparks from 	
Oxy-gas   welding   or   cutting   equipment,
sparks
5,718
12,425
500
32,010
89,190
12,874
49,441
123,943
Trailers and semi-trailers..
299
Friction—
325
501
2,000
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion  	
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gasoline—
4,300
382
2,500
35,000
Vapour explosion	
550
687
75
Smoker's carelessness 	
Unknown    —	
200
8,795
Chemical explosion	
Trucks	
500
140
1,250
15,512
2,758
353
39,022
36,150
300
Friction—
588
1,000
109
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
4,000
Improper use of or defective equipment
Gasoline—
10,606
30,607
36,545
250
949
13,024
100
22,718
900
Motor-vehicle upset — 	
26,900
 REPORT OF THE FIRE MARSHAL,  1969
U 27
TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Motor-vehicles—Continued
2
44
1
2
18
3
4
1
1
14
2
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment—■
Defective      	
Improper use of      	
1
1
4
64
9
3
2
3
1
42
1
1
2
8
1
9
1
1
2
6
2
2
1
9
1
1
1
1
2
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
1
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
1
5
1
1
$
184
300
1,740
33,382
1,246
1,525
1,470
18,000
25
116,476
$
Short circuit _. 	
Sparks from bush fire 	
Unknown   — 	
418,629
"1,784,380
2,644
800
Electrical appliances and equipment 	
3,444
Offices   	
535
6,018
1,650
84,314
22
294
1,703
22,035
36,490
6,493
5,021
216,834
Gas,   liquefied   petroleum,   improper   use  of   or
Matches, children with ....  	
Oil-burner defective 	
Smokers' ..-.el.ssnp.KS
■
Stove or stove-pipes—
Combustible material too near  	
Insufficiently protected   	
381,409
828
7,675
25,000
Boiler or boiler-pipes defective or overheated	
Electrical appliances and equipment 	
Electrical wiring overloaded  	
Friction in machinery  	
Gasoline vapour explosion
32,675
Paper- and pulp-mills  	
11,274
3,005
200
35,994
175
11,329
24,103
180
5,000
1,200
25
316,013
Lightning
Oxy-gas welding and cutting equipment—
Defective    — .. . . — 	
Sparks from       „
Steam pipe insufficiently protected —  	
Friction in conveyer belt	
408,498
Peat plants  	
500
92,149
92,649
1,000
12,500
450
Stove insufficiently protected   	
13,950
11,334
725
1,217
1,933
23,997
700
16,839
463
19,526
Poolrooms  , 	
Poultry houses   	
Unknown  ... 	
Chimney, sparks from   	
5,250
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion — _.
Improper use of or defective equipment	
Oil-burners, defective 	
Unknown   — ..  	
Candles and open flames   	
65,400
275
1,000
1,275
 U 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
7
10
1
21
1
2
1
41
2
39
19
3
1
2
2
5
2
1
5
1
1
1
2
2
1
$
912
14,678
1,199
150
2,368
266
$
Smoker's carelessness	
Unknown   —  — 	
Electrical appliances and equipment  	
19,573
Pumps and pump-houses...
3,413
235,052
1,500
800
1,056
100
550
350
Thawing pipes .... .... ....  	
Electrical appliances and equipment 	
Boiler or boiler pipes defective or overheated	
Derailment  —  	
Friction in brake drum 	
242,821
644
373
241,200
8,000
1,500
25
600
75
5,000
3,000
350
3,000
3,066
3,000
2,500
300
5,500
6,300
Railroads—
Kerosene stove, lamp, torch                           	
Oil-burner—
Defective   _ 	
Defective equipment	
Sparks from     —. .
Oxy-gas   welding   or   cutting   equipment,   sparks
Smoker's carelessness   —	
Sparks from engine 	
Stove, combustible material too near	
Incendiary   	
Incendiary 	
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,  sparks
283,789
355
Roundhouses    	
Stations and properties
22,554
100
Smoker's carelessness 	
Defective wiring .. 	
Electrical appliances and equipment —
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper installation of
22,654
40
48,050
114,112
332
375
21,675
121
150
36,425
566
27,980
8,181
2,305
71,202
Restaurants  	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of	
Incendiary _.	
Oil-burner explosion  	
'
Spontaneous ignition  	
Stove or stove-pipes—
Insufficiently protected 	
Unknown 	
Unknown  	
331,474
76,444
Rinks (curling)      '	
1,135
562
6,849
70
100
1,100
1,915
100
Electrical appliances and equipment 	
Gas,   liquefied   petroleum,   improper   use   of   or
defective equipment         — 	
Gas, natural, improper use of or defective equipment      __ 	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of 	
Matches, children with       	
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TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Sawmills
Schools and colleges       71
Sheds
157
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed  	
In the home 	
While intoxicated   _ 	
Stove or stove-pipes,   combustible materials too
near   _ 	
Thawing pipes
Unknown	
Chimney, sparks from —   _   1
Defective wiring    1
Dust explosion   1
Electrical appliances and equipment   3
Friction in machinery  _   — 6
Furnace or furnace-pipes—
Combustible material too near   1
Sparks from   — — 1
Gasoline, carelessness with  _.   1
Matches, children with   1
Oil-burner—
Defective  _ _   1
Defective equipment    1
Oxy-gas   welding   or   cutting   equipment,   sparks
from    „ _   4
Short circuit  _ - _   6
Sparks from bonfire   — — 1
Sparks from bush fire   —  1
Sparks from grinder    1
Sparks from mill-burner   _   11
Spontaneous ignition     1
Steam pipes insufficiently protected   1
Unknown  ._._   — 17
Chemical explosion    	
Children playing with fire 	
Electrical appliances and equipment
Fireworks    	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of .
Incendiary    	
Matches, children with — 	
Oil-burner—
Defective  _ 	
Defective equipment  __
Explosion —  	
Smokers' carelessness—
In bed 	
In public premises 	
Sparks from bonfire 	
Spontaneous ignition  	
Unknown     	
4
1
1
1
1
27
Candles and open flames  — _  2
Chimney defective or overheated  1
Defective wiring   _.   2
Electrical appliances and equipment  ._  3
Exposure   — — 1
Fireworks   _   3
Gas,   liquefied   petroleum,   improper   use   of   or
defective equipment   _ _  3
Gasoline—
Carelessness with —   5
Stove, lamp, torch       1
Used in cleaning _'. _   1
Hot ashes, coals, etc. _ _   _. 3
Incendiary         23
Matches, children with    15
Oil-burner—
Defective       1
Defective equipment       1
Explosion   ._ _.  1
Oxy-gas welding and cutting equipment, sparks
from   _ -   1
$
8,821
14,351
150
11,203
100
31,539
1,000
136,000
434,187
2,941
145,603
500
419
8,685
155,000
59,644
36,500
57,960
34,172
1,000
10,000
8,957
337,103
700
5,099
545,592
610
25
504
595
8,876
719,315
4,360
21,509
348
3,526
95
7,932
9,000
514
2,348,189
1,193
650
5,700
3,584
50
1,806
1,590
3,489
2,304
50
2,996
17,687
8,152
1,278
1,069
7,000
10,100
77,995
1,981,062
3,125,398
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TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
1
1
3
9
1
11
2
1
1
5
1
1
2
1
51
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
2
1
2
5
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
4
8
29
2
1
2
1
2
2
23
1
4
2
1
2
$
7,105
1,040
6,790
5,548
5,078
532
600
900
2,821
4,786
745
710
1,571
68,234
$
Smokers' carelessness—
In public premises     	
Stove or stove-pipes—
Combustible material too near  	
Insufficiently protected     	
Sulphur, ignition of  _ _	
175,158
1,237
3,000
200
22,787
1,500
2,205
100
Shingle-mills   .
....      6
1
1
...     25
8
Boiler or boiler pipes defective or overheated
Unknown .....	
Unknown     	
29,792
25,105
100
700
1,250
20
500
350
1,000
500
10
920
800
3,015
100
225
3,760
250
Slaughter-houses    	
11,700
Dust explosion   ,    	
Electrical appliances and equipment   	
Electrical wiring overloaded    	
Friction in machinery — —	
Friction in pulley 	
Furnace—
Insufficiently protected —  .
Gasoline stove, lamp, torch  	
Molten metal
Oil-burner, defective equipment  	
Oxy-gas  welding  or  cutting  equipment,   sparks
Spontaneous ignition — 	
Candles and open flames — —  	
13,500
100
656
50
4,148
55
1
163
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of	
Oxy-gas  welding   or   cutting  equipment,   sparks
5,009
2,683
Steel-fabricating plant 	
50
2,000
891
6,254
160,415
6,050
77,119
57,686
350
731
165
152,798
4,124
6,225
13,817
4,481
12,334
Defective wiring ....	
Electrical appliances and equipment  	
Furnace, combustible material too near	
Gas,   liquefied   petroleum,   improper   use   of   or
Gasoline stove, lamp, torch	
Incendiary	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of — 	
Oil-burner—
Defective	
Defective equipment	
Explosion -	
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TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
27
16
10
10
1
8
3
13
8
1
1
36
1
1
29
1
2
1
5
2
1
1
3
3
5
1
2
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
3
1
1
2
1
2
1
2
4
1
2
3
2
2
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
$
3,466
50
35
12,003
362
1,089
552,442
$
Smokers' carelessness—
Stove or stove-pipes—■
Combustible materials too near  	
Sparks from —
1,074,937
Stores and apartments	
77
1,894
245
236
8,470
25
277
14,811
30,838
7,569
400
60,917
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment defective	
Smokers' carelessness—
Stove, combustible materials too near 	
125,759
Stores and dwellings	
10,000
78
210
550
75
2,284
1,840
9,660
3,500
150
74,249
Electrical appliances and equipment —	
Electrical wiring overloaded  ._ — 	
Exposure   	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, improper use of or de-
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of     	
Incendiary  :	
Smokers' carelessness—
In public premises     	
102,596
1,000
1,634
100
101
120,006
Exposure -  	
Unknown   	
Exposure -
Incendiary    _ 	
Smokers' carelessness—
122,841
Stores and rooms 	
6,000
25
540
13,869
56,663
Unknown
77,097
16,000
750
290
200
35
10
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion ... ~	
Oil-burner, defective equipment _	
Stove, combustible material too near 	
Unknown    	
Incendiary    	
1,285
Telephone exchanges and
booths   	
10
2
175
Gasoline—
187
Tents 	
520
140
250
129
Incendiary  	
Inflammable vapours, ignition of  	
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TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
5
131
16
11
1
11
Kerosene stove, lamp, torch     	
1
1
1
2
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
8
2
1
2
1
2
3
1
7
1
6
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
14
3
4
17
1
4
4
3
8
23
1
1
1
3
1
2
1
2
1
3
3
4
2
1
1
1
2
1
3
$
183
20
400
141
320
S
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of             	
2,103
Theatres  	
268
27,500
50
20
60
Short circuit —	
Trailers—
Smoker's carelessness
Unknown                  ...                   	
27,898
1,078
7,641
13,199
23,855
25,200
13,000
8,456
400
3,410
4,550
156
42,643
300
14,804
3,000
1,700
700
6,000
700
8,600
328
48,209
9,735
20,981
53,607
6,000
25,158
4,356
7,115
33,585
135,072
Chimney, defective or overheated	
Engine backfiring 	
Exposure                	
Furnace—
Defective   	
Gas, liquefied petroleum—
Explosion	
Gasoline—
Carelessness with 	
Stove, lamp, torch	
Used to kindle fire
Vapour explosion 	
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of 	
Incendiary    	
Matches, children with	
Oil-burner—■
Defective   .
Defective equipment	
Explosion  	
Short circuit —    .
Smokers' carelessness—
In the home .
Stove or stove-pipes—.
Combustible material too near  	
Insufficiently protected
Unknown  	
Electrical appliances and equipment	
Exposure   	
523,538
Travel  	
105
300
1,700
2,823
50
5,529
115
898
10
953
Friction in brake drum 	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion	
Gasoline vapour explosion 	
Oil-burner defective	
Smokers' carelessness	
Stove, combustible material too near	
Unknown 	
Matches, children with	
Smokers' carelessness	
12,483
Trash barrels 	
235
195
995
107
5
Stoves, combustible material too near —	
Unknown	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Oil-burner—
Defective    	
Defective equipment	
Short circuit           	
1,537
10,000
Trestles 	
Tugboats	
20,050
11,000
17,500
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TABLE V—CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY BURNED
AND CAUSES—Continued
Property
Causes
Amount of Loss
Warehouses
Welding-machines
Welding-shops
Wharves 	
Woodworking plants
Workshops
49
20
Totals    7,602
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown   	
Chemical explosion 	
Children playing with fire
Chimneys, sparks from 	
Defective wiring
Electrical appliances and equipment .
Exposure  	
Fireworks   	
Gasoline pump damaged by motor-vehicle
Hot grease, oil, tar, etc., ignition of	
Incendiary   — _ _ ___
Kerosene stove, lamp, torch _ _...
Matches, children with 	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Short circuit    	
Smoker's carelessness   	
Sparks from bonfire   	
Spontaneous ignition  _	
Stove insufficiently protected  	
Sulphur, ignition of	
Unknown _  	
Gasoline, broken line  	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, defective
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, defective
Short circuit  _	
Sulphur, ignition of ..  	
Unknown   _	
Friction in machinery  —	
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, sparks from
Short circuit  — _	
Sparks from mill-burner 	
Unknown    _	
Electrical appliances and equipment  —	
Furnace insufficiently protected   	
Gasoline used to kindle fire 	
Incendiary
Inflammable vapours, ignition of
Matches, children with
Oxy-gas welding or cutting equipment, defective
Short circuit   	
Smoker's carelessness _ _
Sparks from engine	
Sparks from grinder .
Stove insufficiently protected
Unknown 	
..7,602
6,160
38,900
90,000
1,500
200
300
2,082
139,695
10
100
17,944
167,419
2,800
4,402
150
75,597
1,117
1,600
25,510
2,260
14,495
963,589
700
909
451
11,257
11,200
664
700
300
750
63,301
400
1,692
30
9,100
2,700
12,603
80
127,000
5,546
227
1,400
14,000
91,805
93,610
1,510,770
1,609
300
22,908
65,715
266,583
$27,514,446
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TABLE VI—SUMMARY
Fires Reported
City
District
Town
Village
Fire
Municipali
Municipali
Municipali
Municipali
Districts
Totals
ties (31)
ties (39)
ties (13)
ties (57)
(17)
1969
January 	
303
261
14
22
142
742
February 	
259
173
10
25
89
556
292
279
241
218
15
8
21
12
104
105
673
April...	
622
May 	
280
220
12
13
106
631
274
171
10
15
127
597
July  	
305
188
14
13
107
627
August...	
286
209
10
11
102
618
September	
260
196
12
5
91
564
October	
288
204
12
13
121
638
273
194
11
12
103
593
December.	
364
249
13
8
107
741
Totals	
3,463
2,524
141
170
1,304
7,602.
Amount of Loss
1969
January..	
$548,789
$898,716
$14,200
$62,306
$947,309
$2,471,320
February	
777,575
270,277
45,423
145,097
458,962
1,697,334
1,981,420
449,435
147,021
61,725
718,751
3,358,352
April. —
591,439
563,441
96,269
96,464
393,808
1,741,421
May 	
603,879
475,261
2,165
27,169
1,227,156
2,335,630
June 	
606,821
657,977
80,225
18,828
1,095,364
2,459,215
July   	
370,570
398,152
20,336
96,817
816,472
1,702,347
August. —	
404,730
876,845
57,685
37,315
1,214,666
2,591,241
September 	
595,618
1,090,970
2,743
30,082
242,510
1,961,923
October	
818,617
263,062
28,232
58,215
501,561
1,669,687
742,383
501,446
161,294
42,162
1,025,914
2,473,199
December	
424,680
478,921
39,270
27,566
2,082,340
3,052,777
Totals	
$8,466,521
$6,924,503
$694,863
$703,746
$10,724,813
$27,514,446
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TABLE VII—TEN-YEAR COMPARATIVE STATEMENT
OF FIRE LOSSES
Year
City Municipalities
District Municipalities
Town Municipalities
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1969	
3,463
3,081
3,264
3,350
3,351
3,366
3,233
3,570
3,788
3,823
$8,466,521
6,899,093
7,327,896
10,340,128
4,756,985
4,204,463
4,343,193
3,966,380
5,775,054
8,177,601
2,524
2,301
2,129
2,026
2,080
2,166
2,113
2,270
2,386
2,324
$6,924,503
4,296,276
5,307,350
3,173,114
2,855,954
3,325,408
3,214,837
2,275,737
2,312,942
3,319,569
141
173
154
144
109
71
61
79
74
51
$694,863
1968         -                  	
763,822
1967.                      ..                       	
1966       -	
1965. .                -	
1964 	
1963                             	
558,875
554,895
342,522
242,674
339,654
1962                          	
61,020
1961                             	
91,151
1960                	
124,547
Totals  	
34,289
$64,257,314
22,319
$37,005,690
1,057
$3,774,023
Year
Village Municipalities
Fire Districts
Totals
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
Fires
Losses
1969	
1968
170
178
161
187
184
245
246
261
292
301
$703,746
1,455,474
1,619,445
912,541
878,033
830,912
634,304
720,592
816,261
382,782
1,304
1,277
1,226
1,196
1,253
1,270
1,262
1,432
1,309
1,323
$10,724,813
7,702,306
6,676,487
8,164,901
5,304,290
6,382,406
5,260,743
7,323,141
4,499,526
6,285,884
7,602
7,010
6,934
6,903
6,977
7,118
6,915
7,612
7,849
7,822
$27,514,446
21,116,971
1967
1966 _	
1965.     ...	
1964	
21,490,053
23,145,579
14,137,784
14,985,863
1963
1962                             	
13,792,731
14,346,870
1961              	
1960            	
13,494,934
18,290,383
Totals — 	
2,225
$8,954,090
12,852
$68,324,497
72,742
$182,315,614
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TABLE VIII—LOSS OF LIFE, 1960-69
Occupancy
Number
of
Fires
Causes of Fires
Loss of Life
Men
Women
Children
Total
4
1
46
1
5
4
1
1
3
3
1
4
1
3
4
5
3
6
1
1
3
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
3
1
4
1
i
l
l
1
5
"T
i
2
3
1
1
1
Smokers' carelessness (3)—
In bed (1)	
Gas, liquefied petroleum, defective equip-
Furnace, combustible materials too near
(1)...  	
Matches (3)—
Carelessness (1) ,  	
Children with (2)    	
Oil-burner (3)—
Smokers' carelessness (17)—
In bed (5)           	
5
In the home (7)	
8
6
Stove or stove-pipes (9)—
Combustible materials too near (7)
Insufficiently protected (2) —	
7
2
10
1
Smokers' carelessness (4)—
In bed (1)...	
1
3
Hotels _	
Unknown (1)       	
Smokers' carelessness (4)—
In bed (2)	
1
2
2
4
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion (_)_-
Collision (1)  	
i
2
1
1
1
1
Smokers' carelessness (2)—
In bed (1) 	
1
1
1
Trailers (mobile homes)...
Gas, liquefied petroleum, explosion (1)—-
1
1
Smoking in the home (1)  	
Unknown (1) -	
2
1
Totals, 1969
74
81
78
58
71
51
54
69
60
56
54
49
46
39
46
28
35
47
33
38
17
27
25
13
17
9
15
13
19
14
16
24
35
18
28
24
23
38
27
19
87
Totals, 1968
100
Totals, 1967
106
Totals, 1966
70
Totals, 1965
91
Totals, 1964
61
Totals, 1963
73
Totals, 1962
98
Totals, 1961
79
Totals, 1960
71
415
169
252
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TABLE IX—TWENTY-YEAR FIRE LOSS
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ANNUAL DOLLAR LOSS (MILLIONS)
FIRE FATALITIES (TENS)
 AVERAGE DOLLAR LOSS PER FIRE  (HUNDREDS)
 . NUMBER OF FIRES (THOUSANDS)
 Printed by K. M. MacDonald, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1971
930-17 M52

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