What a DIS­AS­TER!

Some­times it’s a hu­man mis­take, some­times it’s ter­ri­ble weather. Of­ten it’s both. What­ever the cause of a dis­as­ter, there have been plenty through­out Canada’s past. Here are some of the worst.

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In Oc­to­ber, 1825, af­ter a hot, dry sum­mer, one of the worst wild­fires in the his­tory of North Amer­ica swept through New Brunswick’s Mi­ramichi re­gion, de­stroy­ing towns and about one-fifth of the prov­ince’s forests. Hun­dreds died, but a year later, the sur­vivors had re­built. On June 13, 1886, rail­way work­ers lit a small fire to clear land in Van­cou­ver. A sud­den gust of wind sent it out of con­trol, burn­ing up nearly 1,000 wooden build­ings in less than 45 min­utes. The ter­ri­ble fire of July 8, 1892 in St. John’s, NL, left the down­town in smok­ing ru­ins. Dry weather and mis­takes by the fire de­part­ment — they for­got to re­fill a huge water tank af­ter a prac­tice drill — meant that what could have been a small blaze spread fast and far. About 11,000 peo­ple were left with no homes and only the clothes they were wear­ing, but only three peo­ple died. Canada — which was then a dif­fer­ent coun­try — im­me­di­ately sent a ship from Hal­i­fax with tents, food and other sup­plies.

Van­cou­ver af­ter the deadly 1886 fire

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