Kaslo, BC fire, May 1900


Town of Kaslo, B. C., Wiped Off the Earth.

Over 1200 People Homeless and Ruined.

Kaslo, B. C., May 5. - Sandon, the second mining town of importance in the Slocan district, has been completely destroyed by fire and nearly all the 1200 people are homeless and ruined. The total loss will be between $500,000 and $1,000,000, while the insurance is said to be small. The fire started between Spencer's Hall and Brown's store and spread rapidly. The miners' hospital and a drug store were blown up in an effort to stop the flames, but without effect. The firemen then blew up the Echo Hotel, one of the finest buildings in the Kootenay country, the Central Pacific railroad station and other buildings in an effort to save adjoining property. Half a dozen other buildings, including the electric power house, at the extreme ends of thwon, were saved. The rest of the town was destroyed. Relief measures were taken instantly and a special train with supplies was sent.

The Biloxi Herald, Biloxi, MS 6 May 1900