One hundred years ago today: Canada’s Parliament Burns

The Centre Block of the Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottawa caught alight on the night of the 3rd of February, 1916. Seven people were killed, and the building was destroyed.

Because the fire occurred in the middle of the First World War, at the time it was suspected German arsonists were involved.

Here, the building is seen still alight in the early hours of the 4th.

Source

Parliament_Ottawa_in_fireCentre Block fire, Parliament Buildings. Photograph taken at 1230 a.m., a few minutes before the collapse of the tower. 3-4th February 1916.

 

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