The Railways of Ottawa

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

Canadian National, Ottawa Car Department Office and Stores Building (eastern end),
former Canada Atlantic first passenger station (Elgin Street) burned 21 December 1941

Ottawa Journal 22 December 1941

Fire partly burns old rail station.
The first Canada Atlantic Railway station built in Ottawa situated on Catherine Street between Elgin and Metcalfe Streets was almost destroyed by fire at nine o'clock Sunday morning.  Damage was estimated at $1,500.
The building, now used by the C.N.R. as a storage place for repair parts for its rolling stock, and also as a registering office for freights, is a large frame structure more than half a century old.  The blaze started in the roof, caused by overheated stove pipes.
The roof was destroyed and the Ottawa Fire Department put out the flames after some difficulty.

Ottawa Citizen 22 December 1941

C.N. Building Damaged in Catherine street fire.
Possibly caused by overheated stovepipes, fire practically destroyed the eastern end of the car foreman's office building in the Canadian National Railway yards on Catherine street, just west of the foot of Elgin street, at nine o'clock Sunday morning.
Firemen under Chief J.J. O'Kelly battled the blaze for some hours in sub-zero weather, a few of them getting their ears and noses frostbitten.
John A. Rogers, C.N.R. superintendent, was also on the scene.  He said the building was a very old frame place, which had been reconstructed to serve as a car department office and stores for repairs to cars,
The actual fire damage was confined to the upper storey of the eastern end of the building which part was vacant.  The office beneath suffered heavy water and smoke damage.
Updated 20 October 2021

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