A Circlet of Canadian Fires

A Circlet of Canadian Fires

Within three days fires in the Canadian Province of Quebec, in northern Ontario, in Cape Proton, Nova Scotia, in the Yukon territory did $590,000 worth of damage. At Lyster, Que., on the Grand Trunk Railroad, about 20 miles from Levin, just across the St. Lawrence from the city of Quebec, 10 frame dwellings and three stores, also frame, were totally consumed by fire, with a loss of $25,000. The insurance was very light and only on the three stores and fire protection was totally lacking. At Englehart. Ore. the entire business section—32 stores in 22 buildings, covering three blocks, all frame was wiped out by a blaze that started from sparks carried by a high wind to the rear of a nearby frame bakery. Not a store in the place was left to supply the commonest necessaries of life and Cobalt, some twenty or thirty miles distant, is the nearest center for supplies. It could not send fire protective equipment on account of the bad roads and Englehart had to depend on volunteer help from among its own citizens. They were of great service, but the loss was at least $123,000. with $30,000 insurance In the Grand Trunk vards at Mimico near Toronto. Ont., leakage from an oil tank car caught fire. The blaze took hard fighting for over an hour: meanwhile six box cars were burned; three were badlv scorched; and a yard locomotive was put totally out of commission, with a loss of $10,000. File entire business block of North Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. wa swept by an early morning fire. Every principal business house in the town was destroved and theater lost his life. North Svdnev is almost entirely a wooden town, and its fire protection is inadequate. Hence an estimated loss of $230,000 ⅜| Dawson. Yukon territory the power house of the Dawson Electric Light and Power Company was burned to the ground. Independently of the actual loss of $200 -000 from the fire, that from the stoppage of the big mining comnanies supplied with power from the company will he very heavy.

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