St Hyacinthe, QB Fire, Sept 1876
PARTIAL DESTRUCTION OF A TOWN
SIX HUNDRED BUILDINGS IN ST. HYACINTHE, PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, BURNED----LOSS ESTIMATED AT $2,000,000.
ST. HYACINTHE, Sept. 3.----A fire broke out in the western end of this city at 1:30 P. M. to-day, and , fanned by a high wind, soon totally swept the lower part of the city out of existence. The flames ran down both sides of Main street, taking in their course the St. Hyancinthe, Quebec, and National Banks, the Post Office, market, Court-house, factories, and over eighty wholesale and retail stores. At 3 PO. M. the fire had spread, by means of burning cinders, to the three parallel streets, and burned everything up. The people had no time to save anything, and at 7 P. M. 600 houses had been burned. A steam fire engine arrived from Montreal by special train at 5:30 P. M., but was too late to be of much service. Hundreds of families are homeless and without food. The loss is roughly estimated at $2,000,000. The Royal, Stadacona, Quebec, Providencial, and Royal Canadian Insurance Companies are heavily interested.
The New York Times, New York, NY 4 Sept 1876