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ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER FOR 1979 British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1980

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 ANNUAL REPORT
OF THE
FIRE
COMMISSIONER
FOR
1979
Province of British Columbia
Ministry of Attorney General
The Honourable L. Allan Williams, Q.C. Gordon  R.  Anderson
A ttorney General Fire Commissioner
 British Columbia Cataloguing in Publication Data
British Columbia.  Fire Commissioner's Office.
Annual report of the Fire Commissioner
for   — 1978-
Continues: British Columbia.  Office of the
Fire Marshal.  Annual report of the Fire
Marshal. ISSN 0706-2>i91+
ISSN 0226-1966 = Annual report of the Fire
Commissioner.
1. British Columbia.  Fire Commissioner's
Office.
TH9506.B7B7U     35^.711'0078'2068
 To the Honourable Henry P. Bell-Irving, D.S.O., O.B.E., E.D.,
Lieutenant Governor of the Province of British Columbia
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Annual Report of the Fire Commissioner for the year ended December 31, 1979.
L. ALAN WILLIAMS, Q.C.
Attorney General
Victoria, B.C.
  TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
Summary of Fire Losses in 1979     7
Fire Losses in Municipalities and Fire Districts     9
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires  11
Summary of Fire Losses by Property Classifications  20
Fire Losses of $250,000 and Over  21
Causes of Fire Resulting in Death  22
Fire Losses and Casualties by Month  22
Fire Casualties by Age  22
Circumstances Contributing to Fire Casualties  23
Fire Crime Statistics  24
Inspections and Orders by Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner  25
10-year Property Fire Loss Comparison  27
Charts—
Number of Fires  28
Number of Fires per 1,000 Persons  28
Annual Dollar Loss  29
Dollar Loss per Fire  30
Per Capita Loss  31
Fire Fatalities  32
  SUMMARY OF FIRE LOSSES IN 1979
A total of 125 persons died and 444 were injured as a result of 7,655 fires
in 1979, causing a total dollar loss of $105,900,046. In 1978, 7,441 fires resulted
in a loss of $75 million and 98 persons dead
The average loss per fire for the Province in 1979 was $13,834 and the per
capita loss was $41.26. There was an average of 2.98 fires for every 1,000 persons
in British Columbia.
Fire Fatalities
Sixty-nine men, 26 women and 30 children lost their lives as a result of fire last
year.
Fifty of these resulted from careless smoking and impairment by liquor
contributed significantly to 13.
Eight persons were killed as a result of arson.
Four persons died from fire resulting from motor vehicle accidents.
Seven persons died from fires resulting from improper installation or
improper use of solid fuel-fired equipment.
Twenty-five children that died from fire were 10 years old or younger;
20 fatalities were over 70 years
Fifty-four persons who died from fire were asleep at the time of the
fire—this accounts for a hefty 43%.
Residential Fires
28.6% of all fires in 1979 were in one- and two-family dwellings, resulting in a
total loss of $24 million. A further 7.6% were in apartment buildings with a loss
exceeding $6.1 million.
These two residential categories accounted for 36.2% of the total number of
fires and 28.5% of the total 1979 fire losses in the Province.
One hundred and eight of the 125 fire fatalities occurred in residential fires.
Educational Institutions
$9.3 million.  This is a dramatic increase from the losses in 1978 when 106 fires
There were 123 fires in educational institutions in 1979 resulting in a loss of
resulted in a loss of only $2.8 million. It would appear that the 1978 figures in
this category are very close to the all-time high losses in 1976 when there were
just over 100 fires and a loss of $10 million.
Following the general pattern for fires in educational institutions, a large
percentage (72%) of the fires were set deliberately, most often by students
themselves.
In 1979, 49 charges were laid against 39 juveniles relating to school fires.
To date the charges have resulted in 15 convictions, one dismissal and one stay.
Twenty-two are still pending.
It is interesting to note that 27% of the fires were in schools without any form
of automatic fire detection, and this percentage contributed 94% of the total school
fire dollar loss.
Arson
In 1979, 1,662 fires out of the total 7,655 fires were deliberately set, causing
a loss of $22,678,180.
There were 322 "set" fires from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 651 from 4 p.m. to midnight;
and 689 from midnight to 8 a.m.  The rate of arson doubles after dark.
7
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Last year 303 charges were laid against 206 persons suspected of arson. The
charges resulted in 71 convictions, 17 dismissals, 11 committals, 23 stays of
proceedings, 27 were withdrawn, and 153 are pending.
Large Loss Fires
There were 51 fires in which the individual losses exceeded $250,000 each.
Although they contributed only 0.7% of the total fires, they were responsible for
losses of $45.5 million, constituting 43% of the Province's annual dollar losses.
Included in this large loss category were 19 "set" fires.
Automobile Fires
Automobile fires accounted for 18% of the number of fires in 1979 causing a
loss of $1.7 million.
Time
The 4 p.m. to midnight period accounted for 43% of the 1979 fires, and
32% occurred during the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. time period. Although the fewest fires
were reported from midnight to 8 a.m. (25%), fires occurring during this period
caused the most harm in terms of dollar losses (38% ) and fire fatalities (55%).
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1979
Fire Losses in Municipalities and Fire Districts, 1979
City Municipalities
Incidents
Armstrong    5
Burnaby   364
Castlegar      7
Chilliwack ...„_ .„ 21
Courtenay    23
Cranbrook  __ 25
Dawson Creek   32
Duncan    .. 25
Enderby   2
Fernie   ..._ 26
Grand Forks  12
Greenwood    2
Fort  St.   John     32
Kamloops     153
Kelowna     91
Kimberley    11
Langley      „ 89
Loss      Ir
$
112,957
jured Dead
101         2
1      _....
4
1         2
5          1
3         3
2
22         2
Incidents
133
Loss      In
$
941,744
607,675
596,891
932,933
279,766
286,943
386,717
5,252,265
307,179
222,396
103,046
39,659
965,887
10,036,032
158,604
3,377,474
215,536
uret
10
4
1
3
3
1
1
1
1
95
2
28
Dead
3
3,083,591
1,313,409
89,531
1.044,681
211,593
251,566
Nelson   	
North Vancouver
New Westminster
Port Alberni 	
Port Coquitlam
15
90
...     158
75
34
78
4
1
364,965
1,590
93,095
22,062
Prince  George
Port Moody 	
Prince Rupert
281
31
20
21
4
1
1
3
4,433
11
184,655
Trail      	
42
5,264,389
....  1,534
18
3.276,603
232,444
Vernon	
45
259
1
4
418,096
White  Rock  	
27
District Municipalities
Abbotsford-Sumas
Campbell River
Central Saanich
Chilliwack   	
Incidents
34
59
10
94
7
126
Loss      In
$
1,158,824
576,233
33,415
1,153,388
95,800
590,805
1.677,139
737,000
jured Dead
1          1
3 1
1           1
10          1
4 1
1           1
4          1
13          2
7
4         2
6         2
North Vancouver
Oak  Bay  	
Peachland   	
Port   Hardy
Pitt  Meadows
Powell   River
Incidents
.     232
23
14
8
11
27
226
Loss      In
$
1,142,243
98,138
364,111
28,058
147,364
188,290
3,399,496
363,692
41,400
36,550
163,587
urcd
15
2
1
12
8
4
1
10
3
6
Deac
1
1
5
Delta
167
53
2
5
Esquimau 	
Saanich   	
153
9
3
102,000
138,846
10,173,735
1,177,899
42,668
516,214
1,462,524
1,235,414
447,103
4,450
Summerland   	
Salmon Arm
Spallumcheen
Squamish   	
Stewart  ..	
Surrey   	
11
59
30
321
44
Kent	
11
57
97
399,797
1
17
30
2,782,307
827,406
189,031
580,723
3
Maple Ridge	
81
90
1
Whistler  	
West  Vancouver
9
80
North  Cowichan
North  Saanich ...
44
2
1
Cariboo  County   322
Colwood      30
Kootenay  County _. 121
Langford      24
Nanaimo   County   ._ 164
Ocean Falls  5
Prince Rupert
County   109
Fire Districts
Incidents       Loss      Injured Dead
6,110,000 5
98,877 .---
1,847,778 1
131,787 ..-.
3,232,564 4
23,500 --..
1.604,697
Incidents       Loss      Injured Dead
Sooke     18
University Area    16
Vancouver County .. 37
Victoria   County  .... 44
View  Royal    8
Westminster County 76
Yale  County    277
172,349 ......
26,050 ..-..
964,454 _-...
557,325 4
12,232 1
727,775 3
6,548,350 8
1
Town Municipalities
Incidents      Loss     Injured Dead
Incidents      Loss      Injured Dead
Comox	
13
5
70,580   _	
68,000         .
59,062
550,649    .....     .
104.250    	
Merritt   	
. .            Quesnel  	
Sidney   	
Smithers  	
Williams   Lake  	
7
70
9
7
28
103,530
1,650,453
56,157
101,778
761,864
8      	
Golden  	
6
8
-*
Ladvsmith   	
14
--'-	
 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Incidents
Alert  Bay  	
4
Ashcroft	
7
16
Chetwynd   	
3
Clinton   	
1
Cumberland  	
3
Elkford   	
3
Fraser Lake 	
Fort Nelson 	
22
Granisle   Village
4
Gibsons  Landing  ...
8
Gold  River	
Harrison Hot
Springs  	
1
100 Mile House ....
8
1
Keremeos	
7
Lake Cowichan 	
8
Lillooet 	
14
Logan  Lake  	
21
Lumby   	
2
12
2
Midway 	
1
Village Municipalities
Loss     Injured Dead
99,500
132,326
212,985
3,390
1
6,878 _..
88,500 ....
10,700    _..
3,103,211        1
60,300    ......
48,274        1
14,000
293,200
2,500
1,055,589
26,057
158,246
1,800
2,138
1,180,750
23,500
28,000
Nakusp   	
New Denver 	
Oliver	
Osoyoos    	
Parksville   	
Pouce  Coupe  	
Port  Edward  	
Pemberton   	
Village of Port
Clements   	
Port McNeill .._..
Port Alice  	
Princeton „	
Qualicum  Beach
Salmo  	
Sayward 	
Sechelt  _	
Fort  St.  James .
Slocan  _	
Telkwa	
Torino     	
Taylor 	
Ucluelet _ 	
Valemount  	
Vanderhoof   	
Warfield	
Zeballos   	
Incidents
Loss     Injure
$
2
2,890    	
3
659     ....
5
111,820    .....
1
80,000
7
78,818      ....
6
20,500    .....
1
35,000        1
3
15,000    	
6
65,962    ......
6
2
24,145    _....
4,405      ....
1
2
919
30,304      ....
1
5
2,100
68,000      ....
I
45,000    	
2
6,200     ....
5
24,600    ...-
2
1,762     ....
7
377,900      ....
7
100     ....
2
12,000      ....
Provincial Totals
Incidents      Loss      Injured Dead
$
Provincial  totals  .... 7,655    105,900,046   444      125
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1979
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1979
ll
Incidents
Automatic fire detection system—
Complete—
Heat-
Alarm to fire department or central station..
Local alarm only 	
Combustion or smoke products—
Alarm to fire department or central station..
Local alarm only  	
Partial—
Heat-
Alarm to fire department or central station .
Local alarm only 	
Combustion or smoke products—
Alarm to fire department or central station..
Local alarm only...  	
Unclassified  	
Act or omission—
Unknown   	
AO010 Incendiary or "set'
Criminal offence	
fires-
lncendiarism, suspected incendiarism—no charges
laid      	
Mischief, vandalism—
Charges laid	
No charges laid
Arson or other fires—unclassified or unknown..
AO020 Misuse of source of ignition	
Disposal of smokers' material  	
Thawing  	
Inadequate control of "open" fire 	
Child playing with 	
Welding or cutting too close	
Torch too close    	
Unclassified or unknown...  	
AO030 Misuse of material ignited 	
Fuel spilled accidentally  	
Improper fuelling technique	
Flammable liquid to kindle fire	
Cleaning, washing parts 	
Improper container, metal..
Improper container, plastic 	
Combustible placed too close to heat-
Improper storage 	
Unclassified or unknown 	
AO040 Mechanical and electrical failure...
Part failure, leak, break...	
Automatic control failure 	
Manual control failure	
Electrical short circuit 	
Lack of maintenance 	
Part worn out.. 	
Unknown or unclassified 	
AO050 Construction, design or installation deficiency-
Design deficiency  _. ~
Construction deficiency	
Installed too close to combustible.—	
Other installation deficiency	
Overfusing	
Unclassified or unknown   	
AO060 Misuse of equipment 	
Unclassified or unknown   	
AO070 Human failing __	
Asleep          	
Temporary loss of judgment  	
Physical disability —~	
Accident (personal)  	
Influence of alcohol  —	
Influence of drugs —  	
Unclassified or unknown 	
Loss
Injured
403,586
|    1,517,066
I
1,017,287
286,222
11,538,121
5,311,916
82,425
4,385,931
1,625,623
2,310,444
285
8,885,348
7,691,119
5
28
27
10
5
16
27
2
1
22
1
36
1
2
15
9
1
18
2
7
2
4
7
3
7
3
21
16
2
19
1
22
4
1
2
15
2
54
17
1
12
4
15
 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1979—Continued
Incidents
Loss
Injured
Dead
AO080 Vehicle accident   	
i
61
13
5
1
3
1
24
33
971
3,577
2,732
500
251
338
87
54
22
7
87
3,356
2,113
1,279
409
102
39
25
14
18
8
91
4
20
6
7
8
3
3
1
4
46
1
6
1
3
1
1
8
1
1
2
1
1
72
500
1,059
956
951
979
956
1,048
1,206
$
1,000
271,062
248,626
9,350
150,000
98,509
50,000
42,460
2,760,380
26,128,355
19,344,208
33,775,755
23,621,022
7,931,484
10,733,927
4,900,618
2,641,175
1,095,170
143,555
1,713,132
14,909,288
33,055,106
28,330,986
11,797,494
2,937,799
553,063
596,261
10,454
108,820
17,237
10,972,841
5,500
119,920
19,537
75,300
134,459
20,300
42,901
10
1
1
63
75
202
38
28
84
4
11
1
1
75
108
122
85
11
7
6
16
2
5
1
1
1
4
5
56
43
50
59
70
63
98
3
1
Other road vehicle -	
Rail vehicle    	
Watercraft   	
Unclassified or unknown  _ 	
1
Unclassified or unknown   	
Building capacity—unknown or not applicable
0-10   	
11-60  _	
61-100  -
101-300 - 	
17
12
81
17
4
9
301-500  	
501-1,000     ._	
1,001-2,500 - ..                          	
Over 2,500                              	
2
Building height—
16
52
34
9
3
3
2
3
800
1,038,014
200
6,510
800
42,886
4,800
66,537
5,000
1,000
600
15,000
1,010,633
2,488,300
23,726,505
9,993,890
12,139,774
16,481,387
12,979,732
12,751,105
15,339,353
3
Day of week—
30
Monday             	
11
17
18
16
Friday. _                .. .
8
25
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1979
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1979—Continued
13
\
Incidents
Loss
Injured
Dead
Method of extinguishment—
503
57
157
131
4
6
1
143
457
86
10
4
28
67
5
5
1
5
$
2,583,242
118,013
1,044,804
257,396
6,800
40,000
15,000
277,914
10,892,705
76,836
216,302
14,900
548,187
678,605
11,067
122,000
125,000
65,300
5
4
4
21
5
2
11
1
10
7
4
1
16
4
4
40
23
57
18
169
I
1
1
-
4
2
1
7
4
8
	
[             10
Unknown extinguisher  	
Water pump tank    	
1
2
Water soda—acid    	
Foam  	
Vapourizing liquid    	
CO,  ....
Dry chemical  	
Muiti-purpose dry chemical	
1
Small hcse: ll^-inch nominal size—■
Combination nozzle  	
Large hose: 2]/2-inch nominal size—
2
Combination nozzle   	
Continuous flow hose—Less than W2—
Combination nozzle   	
Unknown makeshift   	
Garden hose  	
75
223
117
130
6
2
36
108
23
52
50
1,815
538
773
54
119
16
616
4
2
2
1
1
11
1
10
9
1
7
27
3
3
64,920
696,418
363,158
127,830
2,427
350
25,507
101,568
171,927
71,109
607,604
2,899,228
2,954,876
16,610,127
865,082
13,321,689
638,579
35,203,709
14,000
192,936
1,650
5,000
14,000
166,000
600
13,400
71,920
1,938
11,051
64,387
15,425
17,600
1
Dry chemical and scoop   	
Smothering by covering    	
Snow   	
3
Booster hose, 1 inch or less  	
1 '/2-inch hose—
4
2
52
2,/2-inch hose—
4
3-inch or larger hose, one or more hoselines 	
Combinations of IV2, 2Vi, 3-inch or larger, hoselines
2
34
Crash—fire foam vehicle—
Unknown sprinkler 	
Wet pipe system—
Dry pipe system—
9
2
2
115,303
55,000
700
56
277
69
162
80
2
679,343
4,140,956
3,457,593
2,796,412
82,969
30,500
Completely burned out before arrival of fire department ...   _. -	
....
2
10
4
491
j    2,131,184
1
 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1979—Continued
Incidents
Injured
Dead
Form of heat—
Unknown or not applicable..
Spark—
Ember 	
Electrical 	
Static electrical 	
Direct flame	
Friction heat	
Hot object, direct heat by conduction or radiation .
Spontaneous ignition..  .	
Heat from smokers' material   	
Unclassified    	
Fire service—
Unknown or not applicable	
Full-time fire department-	
Volunteer fire department 	
Combined full-time and volunteer fire department..
Police acting as full-time firefighters  	
Combined police and fire department	
Combined police and volunteer firefighters	
Fire service—contract to others _	
No fire service  	
Unclassified 	
Fuel or energy—
Unknown or not applicable fuel-..	
Coal, wood  	
Fuel oil—	
Gasoline    	
Natural gas    	
Propane..
Smokers' material 	
Liectncity.. 	
Lightning __	
Unclassified	
General construction—
Unknown or not applicable	
Combustible construction with fire resistance rating
less than 3A hour 	
Combustible construction with fire resistance rating
% hour or over _ 	
Heavy timber construction  	
Noncombustible construction with fire resistance rating of less than 1 hour- 	
Noncombustible construction with fire resistance rating of 1 hour or over  	
Unclassified  	
Last inspected—
Unknown inspection date 	
Less than 30 days    	
31 to 60 days  -.-	
61 to 90 days    	
91 to 180 days      	
6 to 12 months	
13 to 24 months 	
25 to 36 months  	
Over 36 months  	
Inspection date   „.
Level of origin—
Unknown or not applicable  	
Basement, sub-basement    	
Crawl space, under structure   	
Ground floor, grade level   	
2nd storey	
3rd storey   	
4th to 12th storeys, inclusive.— 	
Over 12 storeys    	
Roof level  	
Unclassified 	
2,114
274
1,116
33
1,646
52
1,334
75
788
223
1,974
2,527
1,123
1,624
3
54
14
5
296
35
1,866
1,359
168
1,061
99
196
889
1,410
7
600
3,154
2,916
681
102
243
286
2,379
135
195
239
528
239
88
38
72
3,742
3,296
455
90
2,713
531
119
85
9
183
174
I
I
I
I
42,202,734
13,374,760
7,552,168
468,230
23,885,019
302,708
9,070,746
776,820
5,795,017
2,471,844
7,505,892
26,016,668
24,270,896
37,373,516
55,500
738,800
318,900
23,600
8,900,701
695,573
37,717,432
30,515,760
4,053,978
4,200,155
1,569,582
2,833,023
5,330,469
10,757,852
311,228
8,610,567
| 11,946,284
I
42,285,872
17,381,244
4,828,510
4,435,493
18,434,443
6,588,200
17,572,809
14,390,462
14,841,025
4,330,702
13,780,148
| 5,286,814
j 4,193,337
I 2,419,694
j 1,266,163
j 27,818,892
I
I
17,095,940
8,860,922
2,025,907
51,581,499
18,749,536
1,288,179
763,190
46,596
2,457,169
3,031,108
7
38
4
99
2
76
3
103
1
39
255
43
94
1
4
1
106
37
20
104
81
1
35
65
101
4
30
19
67
6
60
25
65
14
6
1
2
198
76
42
7
198
56
29
25
1
5
5
23
1
1
27
28
43
2
3
39
39
36
2
1
2
21
15
11
4
4
7
41
11
11
10
77
11
6
6
6
9
33
2
3
12
6
1
1
4
63
13
11
71
16
1
9
2
2
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1979
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1979—Continued
15
Incidents
Loss
Injured
Dead
Interior fire protection—
6,049
343         |
53
338
537
73
5
90
167
1
493        |
64
18
49
12        |
20
13
76
67
69
119
23
3
21
7
2
13
13
37
289
368
42
6
120
325
66
5
66
9
1
63
2
43
27
7
129
22
74
13
11
78
98
284
343
869
52
46
32
17
302
$
45,702,750
10,898,705
12,889,994
9,274,074
23,475,320
542,183
19,400
813,904
2,283,716
2,484,189
524,379
392,716
296,301
97,281
22,825
500,166
688,193
2,023,649
904,180
1,438,016
188,136
5,835
739,759
14,053
24,000
44,236
91,580
137,449
9,083,816
2,990,435
275,923
26,419
428,046
2,389,997
469,096
5,103
2,711,006
295
347,200
1,189
241,647
69,138
2,786
994,168
69,684
634,593
52,691
96,710
307,311
1,258,402
3,070,138
16,270,354
3,356,734
534,609
450,759
621,659
1,654,960
1,354,228
1
266
45
1
68
35
14
7
8
4
1
1
1
1
1
2
5
2
1
7
40
3
11
50
3
4
4
1
4
1
3
6
—..
1             2
1        -	
1        -----
5
6
15
36
5
1
9
1
38
101
Extinguishers, and standpipe system, and manual fire
alarm system 	
7
6
4
Standpipe system, and manual fire alarm system.—	
Standpipe system  	
2
2
Manual fire protection facilities—unclassified	
Material first ignited—
Structural components, finish materials 	
Roof covering—
Wood  	
3
Other than wood  _
Floor covering—
Wood    	
4
Structural component—
Wall  	
Interior wall covering—
6
Ceiling covering—
2
Insulation—
Structural components, finish material—■
6
12
Furniture—
Wood (not ucholstered)    	
1
3
18
Drapery  	
3
Furniture, furnishings—unclassified or unknown	
Clothing—
11
3
Fabric—
Cotton 	
3
Wool
1
4
Wood                                	
1
2
1
Wood, paper products—unclassified or unknown	
Gasoline    	
2
8
2
Flammable liquid—
Flashpoint 100° F and over	
2
2
 16
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Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1979—Continued
Incidents Loss
Injured
Tar, asphalt  :   ...	
Polish, wax.    	
Flammable liquids—unclassified or unknown —
Natural gas      	
Propane air mixture   	
Propane    	
Acetylene —  	
Hydrogen     	
Flammable gases—unclassified or unknown	
Starch, flour      	
Cellulose nitrate   	
Plastics  -  	
Oxidizing material    	
Magnesium and alloys    	
Titanium, zirconium and alloys.-  	
Rubber, natural or synthetic 	
Chemicals—unclassified or unknown  	
Fibres 	
Grain -     	
Hay              .   .
Tree, shrub 	
Felled timber     	
Grass, brush, leaves    	
Fertilizer, manure     	
Christmas tree...     	
Agricultural,   forestry  products—unclassified  or  unknown  —   —	
Coal, coke    	
Insulation—electric   	
Garbage, trash, rubbish —   	
Oily rags       	
Artificial tree.....   —	
Miscellaneous material—unclassified or unknown	
Area of origin—
Unknown    	
Hallway, corridor   	
Stairway—
Exterior 	
Interior        	
Lobby, entrance way  	
Elevator   	
Means of egress—unclassified or unknown..
Large assembly area—
Fixed seats  	
Nonfixed seats	
Small assembly area  	
Lounge, living room   	
Sales, show room area.  	
Library, museum   	
Sports facility   	
Covered court, atrium, mall, concourse	
Covered court, atrium, mall, concourse	
Sleeping (under 5 occupants)—- 	
Sleeping (5 or more occupants)— 	
Dining area    	
Bar, beverage area...  	
Washroom, locker room  	
Office    	
Laboratory 	
Display windows — 	
Printing and photographic reproduction	
Electronic equipment communication room-
Kitchen, cooking area  	
Laundry area   	
First aid, treatment area   	
Operating room	
Electronic equipment room   —
Performance area..— — — —
Backstage, dressing room  —	
Process, manufacturing area  	
Function area—unclassified or unknown	
11
5
216
11
1
61
5
78
1
58
46
19
30
6
9
25
4
79
3
31
24
9
472
318
5
584
66
27
23
67
11
54
5
4
21
566
9
3
8
1
10
580
11
37
4
90
61
5
2
3
7
678
95
1
1
10
2
1
25
244
$
47,300
6,450
2,376,386
26,421
50
240,678
7,262
935,158 |
  I
150 j
373,761  j
220,058
370,697
219,816
28,750
97,190
12,446
23,250
1,026,953
3,025
117,858
463,883
12,336
1,576,864
880,346
77,525
36,369,394
3,840,046
413,803
140,158
121,460
895,737
55,576
576,761
247,412
8,250
2,480,750
8,630,567
2,091,250
115,635
4,789,882
353
645,320
4,980,660
134,412
829,288
19,365
1,119,958
2,820,248
1,380
8,000
73,115
15,712
6,268,949
739,351
100
40,000
280,862
1,500,075
28
11,148,912
7,200,559
122
7
4
1
2
1
93
74
1
4
23
1
1
2
34
36
2
10
2
12
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1979
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1979—Continued
17
Incidents
Injured
Dead
Product storage area..—..	
Closet.   _....   ...	
i
i
12
45
71
3
15
9        1
213
17
270
2        1
-         1
6       1
 -        1
5
2
2
99
37
59
135
4
52
	
1
$          1
578,550
330,314
1,513,557
2,600
66,109
106,456
2,038,111
372,688
8,209,826
100
1
15
4
4
10
	
2
4
5
6
3
3
7
1
2
2
7
10
7
1
5
4
11
4
-----
	
23
44
372
15
1
2
6
4
4
10
4
8
1             4
1
3
Shipping, receiving area ,	
Trash, rubbish area - - —	
Vehicle (garage) ____ _    	
Storage area—unclassified or unknown .	
Dumbwaiter, conveyor shaft.    	
3
Chute   _. -	
50
Duct-
Heating, air conditioning 	
54,069
9,500
60,000
2,067,453
662,549
1,311,950
1,747,635
246,450
7,800
1,486,001
104,550
Service facilities—unclassified or unknown 	
1
2
Service   and   equipment   area—unclassified   or   un-
68
1
55
13
23
41
28
77
97
10
130
941
197
41
329
88
399
109
4
28
10
187
392
2,691
4,075
11
371
61
15
41
245
145
493
2,191,287
1,000
390,380
10,230
1,233,383
379,648
168,596
839,848
802,654
133,690
4,904,760
1,648,422
309,209
249,862
691,306
276,682
2,501,901
624,020
4,840
30,120
98,170
25,399
5,174,387
9,876,014
63,460,507
513,141
7,346,706
12,072,392
451,047
1,045,445
5,453,875
5,680,919
2,381,920
Structural area      __	
1
3
1
4
Vehicle—
2
2
Cargo area     , —	
5
6
Outside fire protection—
Unknown or not applicable    	
Municipal hydrant protection and fire department	
Municipal hydrant protection and no fire department
5
94
11
4
No outside fire protection   —  .
3
8
Source of ignition—
75
49
125
26
137
59
14
10,800,301
799,720
2,170,802
157,094
876,010
547,701
535,698
1
Space heater—
12
Portable              	
1
5
 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Loss Statistics for AU Fires, 1979—Continued
Incidents
Loss
Injured
Dead
Steam, hot water pipe   	
Heating equipment—unclassified or unknown	
2
114
424
10
13
24
23
5
22
70
1
634
253
313
4
9
40
64
1
90
178
33
14
21
4
10
96
146
1
38
2
3
716
4
9
2
8
27
390
55
6
44
24
63
42
51
475
8
53
2
3
48
22
145
1
13
1
1
3
16
$
50,500
1,699,324
2,355,417
64,509
172,472
124,311
158,253
23,928
114,718
318,133
10,000
4,396,032
2
51
1
3
2
2
1
4
96
18
6
3
2
1
5
7
2
1
5
	
3
11
1
23
3
7
11
3
14
2
1
1
2
4
4
Food warming appliance—portable   	
1
I
Open-fired broiler—
30
Pipe 	
Smoker's material—unclassified or unknown.	
1,709,402
15
1,455,380
1,018,640
23,421
458,148
997,056
600
164,413
3,510,058
366,665
183,400
82,247
9,950
97,380
819,455
1
Electric wiring, cable—temporary 	
Battery, rectifier 	
Electrical    distribution    equipment—unclassified    or
unknown 	
Television, radio     	
Motor—
1 horsepower and over 	
1
Electronic equipment—
Data processing  	
1
Electronic appliances and equipment—unclassified or
1,500,497
110
57,292
71,311
3,290
1,370,537
2,900
28,805
2,900
42,899
295,054
5,403,965
556,032
76,250
287,726
102,646
1,169,801
1,002,445
295,014
9,596,931
5,625
276,298
2,000
46,000
1,252,910
Dryer  	
Air conditioning and refrigeration equipment—central.
2
Air conditioning unit—local	
Other appliances and equipment—unclassified or un-
4
3
2
2
Cutting torch  —	
4
Torch—other than cutting, welding	
4
Structure—
Grass, brush    	
297,862
2,470,233
400
110,500
2,000
30,000
9,900
79,880
1
2
2
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1979
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1979—Continued
19
Incidents
Loss
Injured
Dead
Bearing, belting, conveyor, brake	
Machinery, equipment—commercial and industrial
Chemical reaction     	
Miscellaneous source—unclassified or unknown	
Sprinkler protection—
18
23
21
1,721
1
5,352        |
1
54        |
23
116-
23
29
142
17        |
1,832
67
1,957
2,427
3,271
3,581
316
237
4
1,924
1,009
272
161
89
62
3,358
393
101
115
459
553
1,013
469
1,150
44
2,851
1,030
891
415
538
1,487
252
61
130
2,863
1,294
1,230
436
347
1,076
211
74
124
3,597
30
171
659
964
2,233
1
$
16,413
174,329 J
224,981   [
40,381,252
1
39,643,789 |
274,618
632,626
613,585
10,106,800
48,786
1,342,180
1,555,533
49,159,576
2,522,553
39,998,859
24,928,997
40,972,190
23,224,764
5,394,373
5,959,911
116,000
30,391,031
18,336,661
16,794,582
1,514,017
2,996,468
1,172,239
16,941,078
6,641,712
2,686,822
1,958,237
8,553,570
10,789,027
17,816,144
7,624,441
32,401,632
487,383
12,135,825
2,762,967
1,473,152
1,363,519
3,935,720
66,985,277
15,259,809
254,962
1,728,815
11,741,242
2,877,291
3,072,258
3,477,029
7,502,892
62,722,004
11,086,415
351,167
3,069,748
18,378,369
626,791
2,860,734
12,023,829
20,632,430
51,376,893
1,000
1
117
221
2
1
20
3
18
11
167
1
146
146
152
73
9
10
241
72
15
16
4
4
66
12
5
6
24
33
91
87
118
2
61
26
38
28
49
206
32
2
2
61
43
73
42
65
133
23
2
2
100
5
25
83
63
168
23
67
Complete sprinkler protection—
Supervised or standard watchman 	
Alarm to fire department     	
Partial sprinkler protection—
Alarm to fire department   	
3
Sprinkler protection—insufficient information to
53
2
Time of day—
0001-0800                                                               	
69
0801-1600                          	
26
1601-0000—                               	
30
Size of water main—
19
14
7
2
6 inches  —	
46
26
3
2
14 inches or over 	
5
1
Water supply flow—
17
14
5
200-399 gpm                                           	
3
400-599 gpm                                                  	
7
600-799 gpm           .—                                   	
10
800-1,199 gpm       .                                            	
38
1,200-1,599 gpm                      	
9
22
Extent of damage—
10
7
4
Confined to room of origin  	
13
76
14
1
10
Confined to object of origin	
Confined to part of room/area of origin	
6
8
8
10
74
Extended beyond building of origin   .....
Confined to roof 	
Extent of fire—unclassified  	
Year of construction—
Unknown 	
Prior to 1900    	
9
31
6
1900 to 1920                                                    _
5
1921 to 1940	
21
1941 to 1960 - .                                  —	
30
1961 to 1980                                            	
32
1981 to 2000                	
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Losses of $250,000 and Over, 1979
21
Date
Municipality
Occupancy
Cause
Loss
01-09
General business office 	
Junior high, intermediate school-
Medical,    health,    research    or
Miscellaneous act or omission1 	
Arson or other fires  	
$
1,413,000
01-02:.
01-04.;-
Prince George
Prince George
1,600,000
473,881
01-31
Bank
331,000
01-31 ..
Esquimalt	
Apartment over 20 units with or
Miscellaneous act or omission1	
360,000
01-05
Commercial fishing vessel	
Apartment over 20 units with or
500,000
02-24 ..
Burnaby  	
Nelson	
Prince George
Richmond	
Miscellaneous act or omission1	
Mischief, vandalism—no charges laid...
Miscellaneous act or omission1	
Miscellaneous act or omission1 	
Miscellaneous act or omission1 	
Miscellaneous act or omission1	
Miscellaneous act or omission1	
Miscellaneous act or omission1	
529,700
02-28
560,000
02-24..
02-07...
02-04
General business office	
Motor vehicle manufacturing and
assembly	
Apartment,  3   to  20  units  with
business   	
Dwelling, year-round use (1 family)- -  	
Electric   light   and   power   gen-
1,553,300
607,360
03-01.
03-31 ._
West Vancouver.—
Cariboo County
Vancouver County
Fort Nelson	
500,000
314,500
400,000
03-22
450,000
03-14
1,500,000
04-16
Lumberyards, building materials -
Incendiarism-	
Miscellaneous act or omission1	
Miscellaneous act or omissioni 	
384,098
05-27
255,737
05-05 _
Nanaimo County-
Fort Nelson	
Motor vehicle manufacturing and
250,000
05-17
1,400,000
06-16
350,000
06-01
Shipbuilding   and   repairing   of
Langley 	
300,000
06-25
Mischief, vandalism—no charges laid __
250,000
06-19
Junior high, intermediate school
Bridge, trestle, overpass, elevated
1,500,000
06-28 -
Keremeos	
Masset	
1,000,000
06-17
1,000,000
06-13
300,000
07-07
Trail    	
503,000
07-21
575,000
07-21
Abbotsford-Sumas
Williams Lake
Kamloops ___._	
Nanaimo County._.
801,500
07-18
400,000
08-19
Miscellaneous mercantilei _
Market, grocery store.—	
Apartment over 20 units with or
305,000
C8-17
302,000
09-19
600,000
355,000
264,000
09-15
10-19
Burnaby 	
Kamloops	
Victoria	
Delta..... -	
Richmond	
Yale County.   	
Vancouver 	
Victoria  	
Kitimat	
Terrace	
City of Castlegar...
Courtenay	
Duncan	
1,000,000
10-27
1,818,700
10 11
400,000
10-22
Miscellaneous act or omission1 	
Mechanical and electrical failure*.
750,000
800,000
10-02
11-30
430,000
270,000
11-26
11-11
10,000,000
250 000
11-12..
Medical,    health,    research    or
12-15
1,300,000
12-07
1,008,000
12-25
General business office—	
Junior high, intermediate school-
Apartment, 3 to 20 units	
General warehouse.—	
Sawmill, planing-mill ___	
328,000
12-12
Mischief, vandalism—charges laid.	
1,987,232
12-16
| Vancouver	
j Richmond	
300,000
12-02
515,000
12-12
2,160,000
i Unclassified or unknown.
: Suspected incendiarism (no charges laid)
 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Causes of Fires Resulting in Death, 1979
Cause
Men
Women
Children
Total
33
3
2
2
3
1
2
11
12
13
3
5
1
1
2
1
1
4
1
1
1
6
3
50
7
8
2
4
6
2
6
Improper use or i
istallation of solid 1
uel equipment	
vith matches, lighte
Others 	
0          |          23
4          1          17
Undetermined  	
Totals           	
69
1          26
30
125
Fire Losses and Casualties by Month, 1979
Month
Incidents
$ Loss
Injured
Total
Dead
Male
Female
Male
Female
Total
792
590
671
652
592
703
587
624
548
627
628
641
13,326,633
8,519,362
7,088,350
5,165,753
6,319,522
8,888,032
5,989,820
5,351,232
4,263,282
10,145,208
17,144,616
13,698,236
48
14
1
62      |
48
30
36      1
15
7
7
4
10
23
6
7
2
9
8
10
6
4
1
4
1
4
0
2
0
4
2
9
21
11
8
8
11
7
6
9
2
13
10
19
43
26
5
4
April 	
30
6
May_ ___	
41
38
14
24
14
15
29
6
6
3
3
5
10
8
47
44
17
27
19
25
37
July 	
October	
December	
42      |        10
52      |
7,655
105,900,046
364                80
1
444
88
37
125
Ur
Age
kno\
ider
10 y
-18
-70
'er7(
Fire Casualties by Age, 1.
vn      _   _    	
779
Injt
..      1
red
6
1
9
0
4
4
4
Dead
0
5
20
9
71
20
125
Ur
2 years
ears	
2-
11
years       .   	
     3
19
years . _   	
_  37
C>\
) vears     	
.     1
Totals
. ... 44
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1979
Circumstances Contributing to Fire Casualties, 1979
23
Incidents
Injured
Dead
Condition of casualty—
263
126
4
32
3
16
1
5
119
188
77
4
17
143
11
39
17
73
413
57
26
4
23
8
11
27
461
37
3
1
1
21
23
2
20
363
11
47
29
1
40
12
3
63
230
72
2
19
3
4
1
5
108
116
68
3
14
141
10
25
15
52
340
44
10
1
17
4
9
19
368
23
3
1
1
15
17
2
14
324
4
17
5
1
34
7
3
49
33
54
2
13
12
11
Action ol casualty—
Unknown or not applicable  	
72
9
1
3
Voluntarily entered or remained for fire fighting	
Voluntarily entered or remained to save personal property
2
1
14
2
21
Ignition of fabric—
73
13
16
3
6
4
2
8
Type of fabric or material ignited—
93
Cotton                                	
14
Wool                      	
Other natural fibre   	
	
6
6
6
Cause of failure to escape—
39
Trapped by—
Rapid spread of fire/smoke through vertical openings
Rapid spread of fire/smoke through horizontal open-
7
30
High flame spread of combustible finish of walls, ceil-
24
6
Exit blocked or obstructed by fire	
Outdoor fire includes forest, brush	
5
14
 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Crime Statistics, 1979
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1
419
163
305
88    |
9    1
288    |
34
37
28
94
274
31
609
108
14
140
16
778
66
12
30
1
62
7
818
36
5
19
1
826
61
18
6
44
7
12
21
31
14
6
15
1
13
4
3
6
1
4
" 3
5
4
5
4
12
1
6
7
6
1
6
2
4
1
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1
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56    |
13
24
19
3
4
22
23
4
37
4
1
14
2
39
11
3
32
3
21
21
11
24
32
2
35
4
25
3
2
3
21
7
6
8
6
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2
1
2
13
4
4
8
6
7
11
1
9
5
6
10
11
4
16
2
6
1
11
1
624
216
115
293
75
2
123
7
17
8
48
319
24
253
45
2
306
18
495
10
113
6
54
42
528
8
43
4
569
55
25
1
42
10
26
31
6
15
1
59
28
11
20
5
5
26
11
3
2
7
17
4
10
26
2
46
7
6
39
15
5
35
4
20
39
20
10
7
20
1
11
18
18
21
13
--
1,662
Time—
0001-0800	
689
0801  1600
322
1601-0000
651
Property—
178
20
473
Business and personal
52
62
Manufacturing—.-	
36
168
613
55
Incendiary method—
935
170
27
Matches and combustibles....
Other.	
494
36
Persons involved—
1,283
Adult male _	
181
31
Juvenile male ___ 	
159
8
Offences cleared—
206
Other       	
68
1,388
Persons charged—
113
20
68
5
1,456
206
Disposition of charge—
71
Dismissals.—	
Pending _ _ _
17
153
27
23
Committed 	
Authority for charge—
Criminal Code—
Sec. 387	
11
72
Sec. 389 (1)	
112
Sec. 389 (2)	
Sec. 390	
3
46
Sec. 392 (1)-	
8
Other.	
62
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1979
25
Inspections and Orders by Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner, 1979
CITY MUNICIPALITIES (33)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
....
Nelson 	
New Westminster..	
3,114
2,692
1,960
36
925
1
1,219
434
145
410
Prince George 	
184
3
Revelstoke 	
291
48
34,968
1,667
7,495
619
Trail 	
Kamloops -	
741
Vancouver 	
Vernon  	
71
21
2
White Rock       	
5,713
Nanaimo -	
62,685
74
DISTRICT MUNICIPALITIES (38)
1,306
59
610
3
6
4
415
Oak Bay 	
2,869
142
Pitt Meadows—  	
Port Hardy 	
3,442
3,961
208
Delta 	
1,663
110
Richmond  	
Spallumcheen —	
Kent
2
844
368
237
Summerland 	
146
6,599
546
1,564
Matsqui ___  	
191
North Cowichan__	
25,140
155
 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VILLAGE MUNICIPALITIES  (59)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
—
-
	
100 Mile House	
198
109
Elkford              	
—
Port Edward	
Port McNeil.—	
Gold River
18
Sayward	
Sechelt    -.                   	
Harrison Hot Springs 	
    ■
Silverton	
Slocan	
Taylor   	
Telkwa.-	
Tofino ...   	
Ucluelet	
Valemount  	
2
18
21
15
Warfield 	
79
Masset   -	
«1      l    ino
TOWN MUNICIPALITIES (10)
120
—
Quesnel	
1
Ladysmith.	
160
FIRE DISTRICTS  (15)
Sooke  ,.  	
821
27
2
8
255
11
264
Totals..—	
1,386
2
Inspections Orders
Grand totals, 1979 _ 89,722 340
Grand totals, 1978_    97,829 2,433
Grand totals, 1977  89,060 2,529
Grand totals, 1976  90,322 1,951
Grand totals, 1975_  81,027 1,920
Grand totals, 1974  91,418 1,544
Grand totals, 1973_  87,266 1,686
Grand totals, 1972..  63,940 888
Grand totals, 1971  84,104 588
Grand totals, 1970   81,056 92
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1979
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CHART 2
76
77
78
79
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1979
29
Annual Actual and Adjusted Fire Losses
±_
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74 75
CHART 3
76 77 78 79
 30
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Actual and Adjusted Average Loss Per Fire, 1970-79
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Actual
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FIRE FATALITIES,  1970-79
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