Hotel Dieu Hospital at Quebec, Destroyed
Fire destroyed the Hotel Dieu Hospital in St. Hyacinthe, Que., Canada, causing a total loss to buildings and contents. The hospital housed 700 people including the aged and little children, as well as the sick. It was a 4-story stone building, 400 feet square, located in the center of the city. Fire was discovered in the basement by one of the nuns of the order who managed the institution. Firemen, on reaching the scene, found the fire raging from the foundations up to the third floor. No fire protection means were available in the building. Chief A. Bourgeois and 30 firemen soon had two engines pumping streams. Also a number of hydrant streams were connected, there being 13 streams in all used at a time, for which 7,000 feet of hose was laid. The work of rescuing the inmates was going on meanwhile, many narrow escapes being recorded. Sub-chief Foisy lost his life in fighting the fire. The men worked 18 hours, confining the flames to the main building. They were favored with good water pressure of 100 pounds at the 4and 6-in. double hydrants, which stood 100 feet apart. Direct pumping system of water supply furnished this pressure through the 10-inch street main. The fire loss was $250,000 and the cause unknown.