The catastrophic fire that raged at the Hamilton Asylum for the Insane in August 1911 was huge news in Hamilton, Ontario and all across Canada. The fire cost the lives of eight patients. The cost of the damage to the Barton building was estimated to be $16,000.
The following headlines appeared in various Canadian newspapers on August 1, 1911. It’s fascinating to read the sensational language used back then.
This tragic event became an international story and was featured in newspapers from New York to California in the United States. The following headlines are from newspapers in the States about the 1911 Barton fire.
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