Destructive Lumber Fire at Briscoe

Destructive Lumber Fire at Briscoe

Briscoe, a small town lying between Cartier and Chartien. Ont., has been practically wiped off the map by a fire that broke out in the early afternoon and made such rapid progress that the very limited protective facilities of the place, chiefly of the bucket-brigade order, were of no avail in the way of staying the course of the flames, which at times rose 20 or more feet in the air. The blaze started in a frame shack in the rear of the Roman Catholic Church. In 17 minutes that building was beyond help. by the high wind, the burning embers and showers of sparks set fire to the warehouses and store of the Hudson Bay Company, whose destruction speedily followed. It soon became evident that nothing could save the town, for, although Lake Wahnapital, on the shore of which Brisco was built, was available as a source of water supply, there were no means at hand to make use of. it saves insofar as could be afforded by a bucket brigade which was powerless to stem such a conflagration. The blaze reached its height when first the depot of the Canadian Pacific Railroad and then its freight house caught, even the very ties on the track burning fiercely and carrying the flames to the lumber yard of Booth & Shannon, which covered a very large extent of ground across the tracks and formed a receiving place for dressing and forwarding to all parts of Ontario immense quantities of lumber from the Nipissing District. The confusion was added to by the meeting of the westbound and castbound trains from Montreal and Vancouver at this point. The two trains, however, braved the danger and dashed at full speed across the burning tics. The destruction of the town was complete and the greater part of the $400,000 loss was shouldered by the Booth & Shannon Company.

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