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Parliament Fire of 1916 by Mind Map: Parliament Fire of 1916
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Parliament Fire of 1916



Architects, John Pearson & J. Omer Marchand

Used Nepean Limestone like in the original structure

1952 fire in library

Was unable to be saved a second time

Nature Museum as temporary parliament during re-construction

Royal Commission Report

Witness statements

Causes of the fire, Arson/ accident?, New evidence in Ottawa Citizen points towards faulty wiring, Cold-case review by Canadian Association of Fire Investigators, Brian Mulligan - consultant

Suggests new fire safety measures

New Centre Block opened Feb. 26th, 1920

Before the fire

Original architecture

Lack of fire safety precautions taken

Made of Nepean Limestone

The fire itself

February 3rd, 1916

7 people perished in the fire

Library saved by closing of iron doors (Connie MacCormac)

Started in reading room and spread quickly

Conditions were at their worst, wooden pannelling, varnished floors, etc.

Victoria Bell Tower was also destroyed by the fire

The bell from this tower is now on display in the Parliament grounds

Was replaced by the Peace Tower, which was completed in 1927

Only affected the Centre Block

Google map shows which parts of Parliament were affected/ gives some basic details about the incident

Photos from National Archives