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Pictures of Canadian Parliament Buildings Fire 1916

Pictures of the Fire Destroying the Canadian Parliament Buildings in 1916

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On a freezing February night in the middle of World War I, a sudden fire swept through the Canadian Parliament Buildings. By the next morning, seven people were dead and the Centre Block was just a pile of icy rubble. Rumours spread just as quickly that the fire was the result of enemy sabotage, but an investigation concluded that the Parliament Buildings fire was accidental, probably caused by careless smoking.

These historic pictures give an idea of the size of the Canadian Parliament Buildings fire, the conditions faced by the firefighters and militia who battled it, and the reconstruction work required.

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Original Centre Block Parliament BuildingsOriginal Centre Block of the Parliament BuildingsParliament Buildings the Night of the Fire 1916Parliament Buildings the Night of the Fire in 1916Centre Block Just Before the Victoria Tower CollapsesCentre Block Just Before the Victoria Tower CollapsesDaylight Dawns After the Parliament Buildings FireDaylight Dawns After the Parliament Buildings Fire
Still Fighting the Parliament Buildings Fire in the MorningStill Fighting the Parliament Buildings Fire in the MorningHouse of Commons Speaker's Chair After the FireHouse of Commons Speaker's Chair After the FireFirefighters at Work on Senate Firefighters at Work on SenateIcy Spray on the Parliament Buildings FireFiremen and Icy Spray on the Parliament Buildings Fire
Militia Help at the Parliament Buildings FireMilitia Help at the Parliament Buildings FireCentre Block Burnt OutCentre Block Burnt OutStark View of the Morning After the FireStark View of the Morning After the FireLibrary of Parliament After the FireLibrary of Parliament After the Fire
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