Strickland Home Fire 1954

Strickland Home Fire 1954

Fire discovered about eight o’clock, Sunday evening, did considerable damage at the residence of Mr. P. W. Strickland, Union Street, mostly through smoke and water. Smoke pouring out of a garage in which there was no car a t the time, drew attention to the trouble first. This garage was part of a frame shed connected with an unused two-storey stone extension built into the main stone residence. Apparently the fire travelled along the shed and got into the stone wing. The terrific smoke penetrated the main part of the building when a door blew open, and it is said some of the windows were blown out by the force of combustion. 

Things looked bad at first. Mr. and Mrs. Strickland were playing golf at Appleton and word was sent to them . In the meantime neighbours rallied around and helped firemen remove household furniture and effects to the lawn in case the flames should spread to the house itself. One fireman, Orville Clement, was overcome with smoke and had to spend the night in the hospital.

The smoke was the greatest trouble and it caused considerable damage to the interior of th( house, which is a large one, purchased by Mr. Strickland from Mrs. Percy Jamieson. The whole interior will have to be done over. The shed was demolished and the stone wing, which was formerly used as an outside kitchen, with rooms overhead for help, was badly blackened and scorched. While officially, the cause of the fire has not been definitely established, it is thought that children playing around the place were responsible.

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About lindaseccaspina

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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