Danville, QB Fire, May 1882
TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE HOMELESS.
A LARGE PORTION OF THE TOWN OF DANVILLE, CANADA, DESTROYED BY FIRE.
RICHMOND, Quebec, May 16.--The fire at Danville burned 40 or 50 houses and rendered 200 people homeless. The fire broke out in Goodhue's tannery about 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, and during the two hours between 4 and 6 o'clock the struggle on the part of the residents to save their goods was a hard one. The people did what they could, but the wind was strong and the sparks were so thickly spread that while articles of wearing apparel were being carried they took fire and had to be abandoned on the roadway in order to save life. To add to the confusion, three barrels of gunpowder, which had been stored in Stockwell's store, exploded with a terrible crash. Soon afterward one that had been thrown into a pond near the tannery, floated toward some burning debris, took fire, and exploded with a loud noise. It was doubtless these explosions that led to the stories of loss of life having taken place. Fortunately, there was no truth in these rumors, the only lives lost, being those of several head of cattle. The total loss is nearly $200,000.
The New York Times, New York, NY 17 May 1882