Lumber plant conflagration strains Vancouver Fire Department

Issue 10 and Volume 113.

Lumber plant conflagration strains Vancouver Fire Department The Cover Story EARLY in the afternoon of Sunday, July 3, a massive fire involved the British Columbia Forest Products plant at 955 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, B. C. Before being brought under control the flames threatened eight exposed plants and over 2,300 stored new automobiles. Early estimates of the losses include over $2 million to the involved plant and about $130,000 to the exposures. The plant consisted of a large frame-construction sawmill and various related buildings, a large storage yard and the main offices for all the company’s British Columbia operations. The premises are situated on the south shore of False Creek in the heart of the industrial area of the city. The 1951 British Columbia Underwriters’ Association report on the City of Vancouver fire defenses said in part about this location: “The entire district is marked by inferior frame construction with…

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