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St. John’s after the fire, ca. 1892
St. John’s after the fire, ca. 1892

The Great Fire of 1892 burned down most of St. John’s in just 12 hours and left 11,000 people homeless. The disaster prompted the Newfoundland and Labrador government to restructure the city’s fire departments.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 5.01.010), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
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