Pugwash, NS Town Fire, July 1898

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PUGWASH WIPED OUT BY FIRE.

NOVA SCOTIA LUMBER TOWN DESTROYED BY A CONFLAGRATION -- 1,200 PEOPLE HOMELESS AND DESTITUTE.

Halifax, N. S., July 25. -- The town of Pugwash, 1,200 inhabitants, a ideal shipping port of considerable importance on the Straits of Northumberland, was wiped out by fire today, 200 dwellings, 5 churches, 20 stores, 3 hotels, and several mills being destroyed.
The fire started in a business block through a lamp exploding, and a high wind and the complete absence of water supply or fire fighting apparatus soon carried the flames beyond control.
With few exceptions the buildings were wooden, and a large section of the town was closely built. At this part the fire swept through whole blocks with lightning like rapidity, and people fled for their lives, losing everything. The foreign shipping in port was slightly damaged. The town was little insured, owing to the absence of fire protection.
The inhabitants are now encamped in the fields and woods. Several people are reported missing, but it is impossible yet to tell who, if any, lost their lives. Relief is being organized in every direction.

The New York Times New York 1898-07-26