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Credit: Provincial Archives of British Columbia. Catalogue No. 56005
Men stand in the wreckage of the Great Fire of 1908 in Fernie, British Columbia. On August 1st 1908 fire swept through Fernie and destroyed majority of the town. After the 90 minute emblazoned hell, the Fernie city council passed a bylaw that buildings should be constructed of fireproof materials. Fernie has restored and continues to use many of the 1908 buildings.
See more photos of Fernie before and after the Great Fire of 1908.
Read about the restoration of Fernie’s Canadian Pacific Railway building, the now called Arts Station.