The Railways of Ottawa

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

Ottawa and Prescot Railway Engine House Burned 14 November 1857

Montreal Gazette  18 November 1857

Between Saturday (14) night and Sunday (15) morning last, the engine shed of the Ottawa and Prescott Railway Company, at this city, was burned to the ground. The beautiful new locomotive " Prescott," lately purchased by the Company, was in the shed at the time, and was, of course, much injured ; It is estimated that it will cost about $1,000 to repair the damage. The shed itself was of little value. The fire was first discovered by Mr. Baskervllle, the watchman at the terminus, about half a mile distant from the shed. He, of course, could not leave his post, but quickly roused some persons in the neighbourhood, who hurried to the spot. They found the shed all in flames, so that the locomotive could not be removed, but were in time to remove some cars which otherwise would have been destroyed. The watchman was found asleep in one of the cars. He immediately absconded and has since kept out of the way. Rumours are afloat that the fire was the work of an incendiary, but nothing has yet transpired to cast suspicion on any one. It appears quite possible that the culpable negligence of the watchman is alone to blame. Citizen

Updated 18 October 2021

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