Various Towns, ON Forest Fires, Oct 1922
MANY PERISH IN TIMBER BLAZES.
6 VILLAGES WIPED OUT.
FOREST FIRES IN TWO WIDELY SEPARATED REGIONS OF CANADA TAKE TOLL IN HUMAN LIFE AND DO PROPERTY DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT MILLIONS.
NOTHING BUT RAIN CAN STOP ADVANCE.
FEAR EXPRESSED BY RAIL OFFICIAL THAT UPWARDS OF THIRTY HAVE PERISHED IN TIMBER BLAZES RAGING IN NORTHERN ONTARIO WOODED AREA.
More Than 50 Drown.
North Bay, Oct. 5. -- Forest fire refugees who arrived here today from Haileybury reported that between fifty and one hundred persons had been drowned when they were crowded from a dock where they were trying to board a rescue ship.
Ottawa, Oct. 5. -- The forest fires which have been raging for the past twenty-four hours in two widely separated regions in Canada, North Ontario and the valley of the St. Maurire river in Quebec, hjave cost a number of lives, destroyed six towns and, according to reports reaching the Canadian capital this morning, now threatens other towns unless rain comes quickly.
North Liskeard was today added to the list of destroyed North Ontario towns. Two stone houses alone marked the spot where the village had been. It is believed several inhabitants perished.
Fire fighters reported that it would be almost impossible to prevent the fire from reaching other towns along the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario railway.
The St. Mourice valley conflagration was swooping down early today from the mountains to the St. Mathieu de Caxton, which was already surrounded by flames and to Shawinigan, Grand Mere and Grand Piles.
Quick action by fire fighters saved the village of St. Lambert, in Shawinigan.
The first relief train from Colbat arrived at North Bay today with 510 refugees who were lodged in private homes, churches and public institutions.
Other trains were rushed to Cobalt to remove thousands of homeless refugees who flocked there from the destroyed towns.
The Sisters of Providence hospital, the Roman Catholic Anglican, Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian churches and the new courthouse of Haileybury were burned by the flames which destroyed the town in less than two hours. Inmates of the hospitals were removed by automobiles to Cobalt.
Premier DRURY arrived in North Bay early today to co-operate in the relief work with GEORGE LEE, chairman of the T. & N. O. railway.
Fear 30 Lose Lives.
North Bay, Ont., Oct. 5. -- Fear that upwards of thirty lives have been lost in the fire which is sweeping northern Ontario was expressed in the latest reports available from the affected area early today. Soon after midnight GEORGE W. LEE, chairman of th Temisgaming and Northern Ontario railway issued this statement concerning the fire now raging in the north country.
"Over five thousand people have been rendered homeless. The loss of life is considerable and mounting. The towns of Haileybury, 3,500 people, North Cobalt, 1,000, Charlton, 500 and Heaslip, 250, are destroyed and the town of Englehart has been partially destroyed. That part of New Liskeard, west of the T. and N. O. tracks has been totally destroyed.
Property loss will obviously run into millions of dollars. The fire is still burning briskly, fanned by a subsiding wind.
"There is no prospects of rain and the fire will continue to burn."
"This is the hardest blow the north country has ever received."
Dense Smoke At Montreal.
Montreal, Oct. 5 -- Montreal was overshadowed with dense smoke today from the many forest fires that are raging throughout the eastern portion of the province of Quebec.
The sky was hidden by a grey pall, making the burning of electric lights int he city's offices necessary.
Ships on the St. Lawrence were being navigated with great caution.
The Lincoln Star Nebraska 1922-10-05