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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA: JULY 20, 1912 – Flames swept through an entire business block and the British Columbia electric railway car barns. Also destroyed was the Royal George Hotel. Many of the people in the hotel were asleep and were rescued with great difficulty. Damage was estimated at $500,000.
PAUL HASHAGEN, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a retired FDNY firefighter who was assigned to Rescue 1 in Manhattan. He is also an ex-chief of the Freeport, NY, Fire Department. Hashagen is the author of FDNY: The Bravest, An Illustrated History 1865-2002, the official history of the New York City Fire Department, and other fire service books. His latest novel, Fire of God, is available at dmcfirebooks.com.