TODAY IN HISTORY: Vancouver burns down (June 13, 1886)
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.