February 18: Empire Hotel facade; fireman down.

February 18, 1976 - The circa 1882 Cauchon Block / Empire Hotel façade is declared a provincial historic object. A large section of the former Main Street building is on display at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. For more about the block.

February 18, 1952 - Winnipeg Fireman Frank Christie, 36, collapses and dies an hour after returning from a fire at the Manitoba Barrel and Drum company on 394 Dufferin Avenue. An inquest determined his death to be a heart attack "brought on by exertion necessary in the performance of his duties."

1 comment:

ROBCAN said...

Regarding the fire at Manitoba Barrel and Drum company on 394 Dufferin Avenue on February 18, 1952. I was born 9 years later on this date in 1961; my mom was born at this house on Oct 4, 1935.