Destructive Fire at Port Au Prince.

Destructive Fire at Port Au Prince.

On Sunday, July 5, two fires inflicted on Port au Prince, Haiti, a loss running into many hundreds of thousands of dollars. The first fire, which broke out at 2 o’clock p. m. and raged for nearly five hours, was helped in its rapid spread by a high wind. It started at the corner of the rue des Casernes and traveled east and south till it destroyed one-third of the city, about 3,000 private residences being consumed. Among the public buildings were the Civil court, the court of Cassation, the chapel of Notre Dame de la Salctte in the prison for men, the whole eastern section of the same prison, the Paret secondary school for girls; the Masonic lodges Amite, Etoile d’Haiti and Cceurs-Unis; the Wesleyan church, the school and vicarage of the Episcopal church of the Rev. Bishop Picot, Protestant; the cathedral of the Right Rev. Bishop flolly (Episcopal) ; the Jones school, the government central warehouse, the arsenal, with its barracks, etc. The burning of the Arsenal resulted towards 7 o’clock p. m. in a terrific explosion which shook every house in the city. The doors of houses built of wood were burst in by the enormous displacement of air caused by the explosion, while the walls of the brick structures were noticeably cracked, and parts of some of them were shaken down. At 7 o’clock the flames seemed under control and people had settled down; but at 3 o’clock a. 111. on Monday the fire burst forth again at the corner of the rue de la Pavee and the rue de la Reunion, and swept over the group of houses to the east and south of the rue des Casernes. The French cruiser Chasseloup-Laubat, which was lying at anchor in the roads when the fire began, landed sailors, who helped to fight the flames, directing their efforts chiefly to saving the Institution St. Louis de Gotizague, a scholastic establishment conducted by the Brothers of I’lnstruction Chretienne.

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