Author Topic: Knights of Columbus Hostel arson - over 99 people murdered.  (Read 19148 times)

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Re: Knights of Columbus Hostel arson - over 99 people murdered.
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2010, 05:06:59 AM »
In the early morning hours of February 24, 1944, a fire consumed the Knights of Columbus hostel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Nearly 150 servicemen escaped injury or death. The fire was first noticed in the south-end of the wartime structure, near the furnace room. Occupants said it spread rapidly through the building.

Firemen prevented the flames from spreading to neighbouring buildings. Police estimated the cost in damages to the 1941 built structure was between $35,000 and $40,000, but Knights of Columbus officials said it would probably be closer to $100,000.

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Re: Knights of Columbus Hostel arson - over 99 people murdered.
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2010, 05:18:15 AM »
More casualties:

William C. Adie, Leading Supply Assistant, R.C.N.V.R. - Winnipeg, Manitoba

George Everett Goodwin, Stoker 2nd class - Macgregor, Manitoba

Wallace Joseph C. Richmond, Signalman, R.C.N.V.R. - Sturgeon Creek, Manitoba
Mrs. Ada Richmond (mother)

Duncan R. MacMillan, Sick Berth Attendent, R.C.N.V.R. - Transcona, Manitoba

J. G. Ambroise Le Pine, Aircraftman - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Frank E. Burton - Eden, manitoba
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Re: Knights of Columbus Hostel arson - over 99 people murdered.
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2010, 05:35:33 AM »
February 23, 1943 - Justice Dunfield, commissioner appointed to investigate the tragedy, said in his report released today that he "believes but can not prove" that the Knights of Columbus hostel fire was of incendiary origin.

The fire started on a Saturday night while crowded with several hundred servicemen and their women friends.

Some witnesses at the time said that they heard what sounded like muffled explosions coming from the kitchen a few seconds before flames turned the large wooden structure into an inferno.

amIam

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Re: Knights of Columbus Hostel arson - over 99 people murdered.
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2010, 03:17:11 PM »
In the early morning hours of February 24, 1944, a fire consumed the Knights of Columbus hostel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Nearly 150 servicemen escaped injury or death. The fire was first noticed in the south-end of the wartime structure, near the furnace room. Occupants said it spread rapidly through the building.

Most interesting BCID.  I was unaware of the K of C hostel fire in Halifax, Feb. 24, 1944.
More interesting  to me is it occured one year and a day after Justice Dunfield's report on
the K of C hostel fire in St. Johns, Nfld. was released.
Very curious.

February 23, 1943 - Justice Dunfield, commissioner appointed to investigate the tragedy, said in his report released today that he "believes but can not prove" that the Knights of Columbus hostel fire was of incendiary origin.