Toronto #23: The Great Fire of 1904

Archival film footage of the Great Fire of 1904 reveals fascinating scenes of early Toronto, the streets, stores, citizens along with turn of the century fire-fighting methods. The fire erased 20 acres of the downtown financial district and caused $10 million dollars of damage. This vignette also features one of the old hose towers that is still in existence in the City along with the evolution of fire-fighting equipment from horse-drawn wagons to today’s sophisticated fire engines. See the Toronto 175 category for more episodes and information.

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