Montreal, QB City Hall Destroyed, Mar 1922
$10,000,000 LOSS IN MONTREAL.
CITY HALL TOTALLY DESTROYED -- WORKS OF ART AND HISTORIC DOCUMENTS LOST.
DEBENTURES VALUED AT $5,000,000 IN BIG SAFES -- SIX FIREMEN INJURED.
Montreal, March 4. -- City officials today awaited cooling of the embers of the fire which last night destroyed the city hall, that they may open the big safes in the services department and ascertain whether signed debentures valued at $5,000,000 and other important public documents were damaged in the conflagration.
The building erected in 1878 at a cost of $700,000, is a total loss, with four roofless walls. The fired destroyed the interior and many valuable papers. It is believed, however, that the debentures and other documents in the fireproof safes will be found intact.
Six firemen were injured.
Mayor MARTIN estimated that eventually the fire and the rehabilitation labor it would necessitate, would prove to have occassioned a $10,000,000 loss to the city. In addition to the destruction of the building and its contents, he based his estimate on the cost of building anew, of replacing lists of assessments, taxes and other records and the temporary expense of housing the city government. The only insurance is a reserve fund of $200,000 set aside to meet fire losses and other eventualities.
Many works of art and historic documents were destroyed by the flames.
The resulting disorganization of the city's finances, Mayor MARTIN said, would be inestimable.
Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1922-03-04