Did you know?

British Columbia’s history is riddled with fires.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, on Sept.17, 1868, Barkerville was destroyed by fire, including 116 homes. The fire was caused by a miner trying to kiss one of the girls in a saloon. The ensuing struggle dislodged a stove pipe, setting the canvas ceiling on fire.

Then, On June 13, 1886, fire destroyed most of Vancouver, which had only been incorporated three months earlier. A clearing fire blazed out of control and in one hour only two of the 400 original buildings were left standing.

Cowichan Valley Citizen