Leadership

THE FATAL SCHOOL FIRE, HOCHELAGA

Issue 13 and Volume 41.

THE FATAL SCHOOL FIRE, HOCHELAGA A very sad fire happened on Prefontaine street, in the French district of Montreal, Que., on February 26 when the Hochelaga Protestant school was destroyed by fire during the afternoon session. There was a large number of children in attendance when the fire broke out, and by some unhappy reversal of the order of things the youngest pupils—the kindergarteners—had their room at the top of the house, instead of on the lowest floor. The flames started in the furnace room in the basement and spread with terrible rapidity, in consequence of there being a nearly total lack of water, owing to the breaking down of one of the big pumps at the waterworks. The children on the lower floor were got out—some with difficulty, however as there were no means of escaping front the burning building except the stairways, which, when not on fire, were…

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