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Parliament Building Fire. Taken at 12:30 AM, a few minutes before the tower fell on February 4, 1916.
Although a German conspiracy was originally suspected, the fire that destroyed the Centre Block was later reported as being caused by an unattended cigarette, or cigar, being left too close to loose papers. The photo, taken by J.B. Reid, is one of many of the blaze found in the Canada. Patent and Copyright Collection.
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Photographer: J.B. Reid
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