Vancouver you’re on fire!!!

On June 13, 1886, the newly incorporated city of Vancouver, British Columbia nearly burned to the ground. Officials attempted to clear brush with a controlled fire between Main and Cambie streets. However, during the controlled burn a strong wind arose off the Pacific Ocean and it fanned the flames out of control. That almost almost burned the entire city to the ground.

After this debacle only a few buildings remained standing but dozens of lives were lost. Within days, Vancouver started rebuilding efforts including the construction of a water tower and the formation of a fire brigade.