Grafton’s Fire – February 12, 1917
The Blaze was discovered during the evening of February 12, 1917. The fire fighters were on scene extremely quickly as the Central Station was just two blocks away.
It was an extremely cold night. when daylight arrived, the Grafton’s department store on the east side of James Street North, between King and King William street, was totally encased with ice.
The scene on the morning of February 13 1917 was a delight photographers, both amateur and professional. Several examples follow.
Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.