Postcard with image of Haileybury Ontario after the Great Fire of 1922

$12.00 USD

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View of the rubble of Main Street Haileybury after the fire of October 4-5 1922.

Printed on UL 'Haileybury North from Main Street

Published by ‘Novelty Manufacturing & Art Co. Montreal’.



The Great Fire of 1922 was a wildfire burning through the Lesser Clay Belt in the Timiskaming District, Ontario, Canada, from October 4 to 5, 1922. It has been called one of the ten worst natural disasters in Canadian history.

Over two days, the fire consumed an area of 1,680 square kilometres, affecting 18 townships in Ontario. It completely destroyed the communities of North Cobalt, Charlton, Thornloe, Heaslip, and numerous smaller settlements. Englehart and New Liskeard were partly burnt. In all 43 people died…The fires were extinguished when the winds abated and rain and snow began to fall on October 5, 1922.

One of the towns hit hardest was Haileybury which burnt down within 3 to 6 hours. Thick smoke caused panic and confusion. The town's residents were forced to take refuge in the cold waters of Lake Timiskaming and cover themselves with wet blankets. The fire destroyed over 90% of the town, killing 11 residents, leaving 3500 people homeless, and causing $2 million of damage.