Brockville, ON Fire, Aug 1884



TORONTO, Ontario, Aug. 20--About 10 o'clock last night a fire broke out at Brockville and rapidly spread until great damage had been done. The fire started in the second floor of a stone building in Perth, near Maine, street, occupied by C. P. Lennon, and used for keeping and sorting rags. The flames spread very rapidly to some frame sheds in the rear, traveling toward both Maine and George streets, attacking in its course and destroying nearly the whole of the buildings facing on Perth-street between these two points. In fact, only about one-half of Everett's Hotel, on the corner of George-street, was saved, and that was badly damaged by water. At the rear of these buildings is a samll driveway separating them from the large wholesale grocery and provision warehouses of T. Gilmour & Co. This structure is a two-story store, with gravel roof extending back 200 feet from Maine-street, with wooden stores at the rear through to George-street, then running east to John-street. These frame buildings were filled with wooden wares, including a carload of matches just in. It was among these tinder boxes that the firemen did noble work.

The sufferers are:

Mr. Hannon, of Montreal, owner of all the buildings destroyed except Everett's Hotel
Mrs. Wilson, corner of Maine and Perth streets, large private boarding house
McLean, produce merchant, lower floor of next building
C. P. Lennon, second floor over McLean's and next building, tin shop
E. A. Everitt, agricultural machine agent
Charles Kilbourne, marble cutter, occupied the next building.
In most cases the contents of the buildings were saved, though very badly damaged.
M. R. Everett's hotel suffered loss on the building and on the furniture.
T. Gilmour & Co., wholesale grocery and provision merchants, is heavy, as the windows were all burned out on the side next the fire, and the goods were badly damaged by water and smoke. A pony engine in the building, with hose on each floor, not doubt saved the structure. The water works, although not completed, did great service, and no doubt saved that end of the town.

The New York Times, New York, NY 21 Aug 1884