In Halifax, Nova Scotia, a killer fire devastates two blocks in the heart of the business district
A massive overnight fire in the heart of the business district of Halifax, Nova Scotia, raced down George and Prince Streets and destroyed fifty-nine establishments and killed at least one citizen. Lost were the American Consulate, most of the city's newspapers, and several important insurance concerns. This was the third fire in four years in Halifax and went a long way to finally having buildings constructed of brick rather than wood. (By John Osborne)
"Fires," New York Times, January 15, 1861.
G.A. White, Halifax and Its Business ... (Halifax, NS: G.A. White, 1876), 24.