The Great Toronto Fire, April 19th 1904

On April 19, 1904, the largest fire in Toronto's history engulfed a large section of downtown. 118 buildings were destroyed in eight hours.

Here's some footage of the blaze.


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Lynne

Wow! Thanks for that. My English-born grandparents would have been in Toronto then. Grandpa worked for CP Rail.

My mom was born in the Junction in 1915, 11 years later (on Mavety Street). The family later moved to Ardagh near Runnymede. She recounted memories of horse-drawn fire trucks, dalmations, police on horseback, and food deliveries done by horse and cart. It all seemed like a fairy-tale to me. That footage is really impressive.

March 4, 2015 @ 7:07 AM

this guest

Amazing footage. 118 buildings today would be a monumental disaster.
Imagine then.

March 4, 2015 @ 7:23 AM

George Crabtree

William Murdoch should have seen that one coming!

March 4, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

Lynne

Did anybody else reflexively turn up their speakers before watching this? I had a good laugh at my 2015 spoiled self.

It's incredible that there is film footage at all from 1904. Sound too? I don't think so!

March 4, 2015 @ 7:08 PM

Lynne

@ George Crabtree

Good one!

March 4, 2015 @ 7:10 PM

Mike from Lowville

What part of the city (downtown) was wiped out?

March 5, 2015 @ 6:12 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Mike from Lowville

Both sides of Bay St. from south of Front to Melinda St.

March 5, 2015 @ 9:47 PM

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