The Railways of Ottawa

Finding No. 21   Railway Structures Destroyed (Mainly) by Fire

New York Central Bridge at Embrun Destroyed by Fire 11 July 1908

Ottawa Citizen 13 July 1908

A bridge on the Ottawa and New York Railway, two miles south of Embrun, about twenty-five miles from Ottawa was totally destroyed by fire Saturday night.  It is said to have been set on fire by a spark from the engine of the special train returning to the city from Cornwall with the lacrosse excursionists on board.  The bridge was about 100 feet long and 30 feet in height.
A gang of men were sent down from the city and started the work of construction early on Sunday.  The officials reported last night that they expected that trains could come across by seven o'clock this morning, so that traffic would not be interrupted.  The bridge was a wooden structure and will be replaced by an iron one.

Updated 7 October 2021

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