The Jasper School House Fire 1980

The Jasper School House Fire 1980



Lynn Museum Jasper School

Arson was suspected in April of 1980 as the cause of a $400,000 fire which destroyed Jasper Public School in the village of Jasper, about 12 kilometers southeast of Smiths Falls. Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office will open an investigation today into the cause of the six-hour six-hour six-hour blaze.

Flames and smoke began pouring from the school shortly after 7 a.m. and three hours later the roof fell in. Kitley Township fire department was aided by the Merrickville fire department in battling the blaze. Jasper resident Hubert Cardiff, one of the first men on the scene, said he found a window of the school broken, indicating forced entry.

Firemen who forced their way into the burning school reported “for sale” signs were found in each classroom. The four-room four-room four-room school was built in 1964 and accommodated 111 students in Grades 1 to 3. Leeds and Grenville board of education education officials said one portable classroom was saved and is available for use by some of the pupils.

The remaining students were transferred to Wolford School at Easton’s Corners, two miles away. The school were unoccupied that Friday because of a professional development day for teachers. Firemen believed the fire started either in a supply room or in the most easterly classroom. What was left of the school would have to be torn down and a decision to rebuild would be up to the board.


 - - . - 2l A firefighter probes the smouldering...

The Ottawa journal April 28 1980


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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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