1877 Great Fire of Saint John, New Brunswick

The Great Saint John Fire was an urban fire that devastated much of Saint John, New Brunswick in June 1877. It destroyed two-fifths of the city of Saint John.[1]

Painting of the fire's aftermath. Aftermath of Fire at Saint John, N.B., 1877R. Silroy, Oil on canvas, 56.5 x 78 cm


The Great Fire at St. John, N.B. June 20th, 1877

At 2:30 on the afternoon of June 20, 1877, a spark fell into a bundle of hay in Henry Fairweather's storehouse in the York Point Slip area. Nine hours later the fire had destroyed over 80 hectares (200 acres) and 1,612 structures including eight churches, six banks, fourteen hotels, eleven schooners and four wood boats. The fire had killed approximately 19 people, and injured many more. No photographs exist of the fire.[2] However, some survivors' accounts of the blaze tell that the fire came so close to the harbour that it looked like the water was on fire.

Aftermath and legacyEdit

Saint John's Trinity Royal Heritage Conservation Area was built out of the ashes of the fire.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ COLLINS, DONALD (June 20, 2002). "Weary city resurfaces from ashes: In the weeks and months following the Great Fire of 1877, Saint John people and businesses persevered". newbrunswick.net. Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick). Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  2. ^ "The Great Fire of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1877". Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  3. ^ "trinityroyal.com". www.trinityroyal.com. Retrieved 2019-12-31.

Coordinates: 45°15′32″N 66°04′12″W / 45.259°N 66.070°W / 45.259; -66.070

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