Norman, ON Town Fire, Nov 1902
ASHES WHERE LUMBER WAS.
CONFLAGRATION AT NORMAN, ON THE LAKE OF THE WOODS.
LOSS REACHES $300,000.
ONE OF THE WORST FIRES EVER KNOWN IN THE HISTORY OF WESTERN CANADA.
TWENTY MILLION FEET OF LUMBER DESTROYED.
SIX STEAMERS AND TUGS, A DOZEN DWELLING HOUSES AND A SHIPYARD ALSO WIPED OUT -- RAT PORTAGE APPEALED TO FOR AID AND DOES NOT RESPOND.
Secial to The Globe.
Winnipeg, Man., Nov. 28. -- The town of Norman, two miles from Rat Portage, Ont., has been visited by one of the most destructive fires in the history of Western Canada.
The flames, starting in the lumber piles of the Rat Portage Company's No. 4 Mill at 1:30 this morning, spread with great rapidity destroying 20,000,000 feet of lumber, six steamers and tugs laid up for the winter, two barges, a dozen dwelling houses and Lemay's shipyard. Loss $300,000. The lumber is insured for $8,000 in the Commercial Union of London.
Help was asked from this city, but none was sent. A gale at the time the fire started was blowing from off the Lake of the Woods and made it impossible for the firemen to preent the spread among the huge piles of lumber estimated at 25,000,000 feet.
The origin was a spark from a planer igniting dry cedar. At 9 o'clock tonight the fire was still licking up lumber piles, but it is believed to be confined to a safe area. The mill and valuable plant were saved. The Rat Portage company is one of the largest lumber concerns in America.
The scene resembled the great Hull, Quebec, fire, immense tongues of flame shooting skyward and crossing streets and eaves of houses and lumber, while thick smoke added to the indescribable confusion.
The boats burned are: Phanton, $2,000; Kenen, $3,000; Spray, Pearl, Midge and Deystar, $1,000 each.
St. Paul Globe Minnesota 1902-11-29