1852 - GREAT FIRE IN MONTREAL AND LOSS OF LIFE - LOSS ESTIMATED AT $1,000,000.
Montreal, Monday, June 7.
We were yesterday visited with a most destructive conflagration, which has laid in ashes a considerable number of buildings in the business part of our city. It commenced at 6 o'clock A.M., at the corner of St. Peter and Lemoyne streets, in the carpenter shop of J. MARTIN, which, together with his residence, was quickly consumed, and two of his children were burned to death. One died on the spot, and the other in the course of the afternoon. From this point the fire extended to Old St. Andrew's Church, which, together with the dwelling house of J. MAHONY, and several out buildings, were destroyed.
On the opposite side of the street the store of RYAN, BROTHERS & Co., and No. 21 warehouse, were burned down, with a large quantity of valuable goods in them. Other buildings in the neighborhood, including those of STEPHEN G. MILLS, TORRANCE & BUSTEED, J. & J. MITCHELL, and LEWIS & LEVINE'S Exchange Hotel, were in great danger, and were saved only by the most strenuous exertions of the firemen.
A strong wind from the south-west carried the devouring element to St. Paul's street, destroying in its passage the roofs of two houses in St. Francis and Xavier streets, belonging to MR. DEWITT and occupied as exchange offices. The Commercial Buildings, occupied by the Imperial Customs Department and others, were also consumed; also the store of SEYMOUR & WHITING, and some outbuildings of FROTHINGHAM & WORKMAN, but their store was saved.
The fire then extended its ravages on both sides of the street, as far down as Little and Joseph streets, where it was subdued. Several houses facing the steamboat landings were consumed.
The following is a list of the buildings destroyed, the loss on which is roughly estimated at $1,000,000:
St. Peter street. - JAMES MARTIN'S carpenter shop and residence.
St. Andrews church.
RYAN Brothers & Co., merchandise, &c.
No. 21 Customs Warehouse, full of merchandise.
Pearl street - OGILVY WOOD, dry goods.
SCOTT & LYRE, dry goods.
A. LAURIE, do.
CUMMING GALBRAITH, do.
W. WHITEFORD, do.
ANDREW FARLAN, do.
H. BUSSEAU, leather, &c.
J. BONGIN, do.
WILSON & CONLARD, hardware.
L. LAFONTAINE, clothing.
SEYMOUR & WHITNEY, drygoods.
GREEN, SHIELDS & Co., do.
J. LOWERY, paints.
J. C. MEYER, furs, &c.
THOMAS PECK, heavy hardware.
Commissioner Street - Vermont Central Railroad office.
Old Countrymen's Inn.
MULLEN'S buildings, including a Ship Chandlery.
The Champlain and St. Lawrence Railroad office.
Harbor Commissioner's office.
Custom House Square - LEBLANC'S Hotel.
Several leather stores, &c.
Little St. Joseph Street -- The Boston Inn.
Total loss estimated at $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.
The New York Times
New York, New York
June 8, 1852
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