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Vancouver Is Ashes
THE GREAT FIRE OF 1886
Lisa Anne Smith d
On the morning of June 13, 1886, a rogue wind fanned the flames of a small clearing fire — and within five hours the newly incorporated city of Vancouver, British Columbia, had been reduced to smouldering ash. Vancouver Is Ashes: The Great Fire of 1886 is the first detailed exploration of what happened on that pivotal, yet seldom revisited day in the history
of Canada’s third-largest city. Smith introduces eye-witness accounts that tell of flames sweeping down wooden sidewalks “faster than a man could run,” houses constructed of freshly milled lumber that virtually
exploded in the onslaught, as well as hair-breadth escapes of Vancouver citizens from all walks of life. Strange, often unlikely stories emerge in the aftermath — such as the pile of ice discovered amidst the burned- out wreckage and the near-miraculous survival of a downtown hotel. Ramifications of the catastrophe that continued into the days, months
and years following are examined, resulting in some surprisingly positive, as well as negative conclusions.
ALSO BY LISA ANNE SMITH (see p. 15) B Our Friend Joe (978-1-55380-146-7)
LISA ANNE SMITH was born in Burnaby, B.C. She is a longtime education docent at the Museum of Vancouver and is a member of Native Daughters of B.C., owners and operators of Old Hastings Mill Store Museum, Vancouver’s oldest building. Her published books include Our Friend Joe: The Joe Fortes Story (Ronsdale Press, 2012) and Travels with St. Roch: A Book for Kids (2001). Lisa lives in Vancouver with her husband, two grown children, and Sunny, the world’s least intelligent but most loveable golden retriever.