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1904: Fire destroys Toronto


Staff writers
April 19, 2012 — It was on this day in 1904 when an out of control fire caused significant damage to Toronto's downtown core.


104 buildings in Toronto were destroyed
104 buildings in Toronto were destroyed

On April 19, 1904, a massive fire destroyed a large section of downtown Toronto.

A brisk wind fanned the flames and helped the fire to spread between buildings. It also prevented water from reaching the fire. Temperatures well below zero turned the spray into ice.

Every available firefighter in the city battled the blaze. Help came from Hamilton and Buffalo, New York as well.

104 buildings were destroyed and the exact cause of the fire was never determined.

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