A muster parade had been called for Friday evening to give out new uniforms which are now destroyed. From here the fire was carried across the market square to the magnificent residence of Mrs. James Gillies at the corner of Franklin and Judson streets. This house was on fire long before places nearer to the fire were burned.
From the Gillies’ house the fire came back along Judson street, meeting the fire coming the other way, an entire block being consumed before the fires met. First from the Gillies house to take fire was St. Andrew’s manse, occupied by Rev. J. J. Monds. The church was a couple of blocks away, out of the fire trail, and escaped. Next in line on Judson street came John McFarlane’s frame residence, Samuel Dunfield’s residence, Francis Gallagher’s residence and J. A. Gordon’s residence turning into Albert street and taking Robert Gordon’s residence and the house owned by Mrs. Code all occupied by W. H. Hamilton which there completed the line of burning on the Albert stret side, meeting the fire coming from the Wilkie residence.
On the east side of Judson street the places burned were the brick residence of John McDonald, frame dwelling of Peter McDonald, frame dwelling owned by Ed. Bradford, C. P. R. conductor, Ottawa, and the brick residence of John McLeod. Mr. and Mrs. McLeod are old residents of the city and were out watching, the fire thinking their own house was safe. They, therefore, did not save anything.
Sparks were then carried over two hundred yards to the stables and outbuildings of Samuel Torrance. They were burned but the house was saved. A frame house owned by Miss Cameron near the track caught and burned. Miss Cameron is now on a trip out west but had her furniture stored in the house. on William street across the river from the fire. The people had a hard time watching their propertyand the buildings time and again took fire from embers but ceaseless vigilance and a bucket brigade saved them. May 1910