Historic photos from around Great Toronto fire of 1904, Toronto

Flames were first spotted rising from the elevator shaft of the E. & S. Currie Neckwear factory (58 Wellington Street West, west of Bay Street) just after 8PM on the night of April 19th, 1904. It took 9 hours to get the fire under control, and by the time it was put out, 104 buildings were destroyed, causing $10.3 million 1904 dollars in damage, but no deaths. The fire spread as far south as Front Street, but firefighters managed to keep it from spreading as far east as Yonge Street. Help came from as far away as from cities as far away as Hamilton, Ontario and special express trains from Buffalo, New York. Along with the photos below, the City of Toronto Archives has an insurance map of the fire and more details including a video online here.

List of all areas in Toronto or take a look at the historic photos by date. A subset of the photos have also been arranged by subject.

1904 Historic photo from Tuesday, April 19, 1904 - The Great Fire of 1904 : City of Toronto Archives in Great Toronto fire of 1904The Great Fire of 1904 : City of Toronto Archives
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Tuesday, April 19, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Tuesday, April 19, 1904 - Silent video footage of  the 1904 Toronto fire in Great Toronto fire of 1904Silent video footage of the 1904 Toronto fire
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Tuesday, April 19, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Tuesday, April 19, 1904 - Ontario Government Archives entry for the Toronto 1904 fire in Great Toronto fire of 1904Ontario Government Archives entry for the Toronto 1904 fire
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Tuesday, April 19, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Tuesday, April 19, 1904 - Where the Great Toronto fire of 1904 started. in Great Toronto fire of 1904Where the Great Toronto fire of 1904 started.
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Tuesday, April 19, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Front Street West looking north just east of Queen's Hotel in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Front Street West looking north just east of Queen's Hotel
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: album covers in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: album covers
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: east of Bay Street, looking south-west in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: east of Bay Street, looking south-west
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Bay Street north of Wellington, looking south in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Bay Street north of Wellington, looking south
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: east side of Bay Street at Melinda in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: east side of Bay Street at Melinda
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Bay Street north of the Esplanade, looking north at the horse drawn carriages in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Bay Street north of the Esplanade, looking north at the horse drawn carriages
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: looking south from the Telegram building in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: looking south from the Telegram building
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: ruins of the Wyld-Darling building in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: ruins of the Wyld-Darling building
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Bay Street north of Wellington, looking south in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Bay Street north of Wellington, looking south
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: The Esplanade west of Bay in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: The Esplanade west of Bay
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: The Esplanade west of Bay in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: The Esplanade west of Bay
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Front Street west of Bay in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Front Street west of Bay
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Front Street at Bay looking east in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Front Street at Bay looking east
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Toronto Fire ruins, looking north from foot of Bay Street to Old City Hall in Great Toronto fire of 1904Toronto Fire ruins, looking north from foot of Bay Street to Old City Hall
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Front Street at Bay looking east in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Front Street at Bay looking east
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Toronto Fire ruins, Front Street looking west from Yonge Street in Great Toronto fire of 1904Toronto Fire ruins, Front Street looking west from Yonge Street
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Bay Street looking south in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: Bay Street looking south
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, April 20, 1904 - Toronto 1904 fire : Brown Brothers building on Wellington Street West, looking east from west of Bay Street in Great Toronto fire of 1904Toronto 1904 fire : Brown Brothers building on Wellington Street West, looking east from west of Bay Street
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Wednesday, April 20, 1904
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from Friday, April 22, 1904 - Aftermath of the Toronto fire of 1904 in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the Toronto fire of 1904
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Friday, April 22, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Friday, April 22, 1904 - Aftermath of the Toronto fire of 1904 in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the Toronto fire of 1904
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Friday, April 22, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Friday, April 22, 1904 - Close up of the ruins after the Toronto fire of 1904 in Great Toronto fire of 1904Close up of the ruins after the Toronto fire of 1904
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Friday, April 22, 1904
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from Friday, April 22, 1904 - Inspecting the ruins after the Toronto fire of 1904 in Great Toronto fire of 1904Inspecting the ruins after the Toronto fire of 1904
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Friday, April 22, 1904
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from Friday, April 22, 1904 - Railway lines at the south end of the Toronto fire of 1904 in Great Toronto fire of 1904Railway lines at the south end of the Toronto fire of 1904
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Friday, April 22, 1904
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from Friday, April 22, 1904 - Toronto fire 1904, southeast corner of Bay and Wellington Streets in Great Toronto fire of 1904Toronto fire 1904, southeast corner of Bay and Wellington Streets
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Friday, April 22, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Friday, April 22, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 : northeast corner of Bay and Front Streets in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 : northeast corner of Bay and Front Streets
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Friday, April 22, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Friday, April 22, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: streetcar tracks and hoses in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: streetcar tracks and hoses
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Friday, April 22, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Friday, April 22, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire: buckled streetcar tracks and bricks in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: buckled streetcar tracks and bricks
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Friday, April 22, 1904
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1904 Historic photo from Friday, April 22, 1904 - Aftermath of the 1904 fire:  view from the Queens Hotel on Front Street in Great Toronto fire of 1904Aftermath of the 1904 fire: view from the Queens Hotel on Front Street
110 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - Friday, April 22, 1904
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1906 Historic photo from 1906 - 2 years later curio seekers find souvenir in 1904 Toronto fire ruins in Great Toronto fire of 19042 years later curio seekers find souvenir in 1904 Toronto fire ruins
108 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - 1906
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1906 Historic photo from 1906 - Curio seekers in 1904 fire ruins still in ruins in Great Toronto fire of 1904Curio seekers in 1904 fire ruins still in ruins
108 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - 1906
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1906 Historic photo from 1906 - Pottery recovered from great Toronto fire of 1904 in Great Toronto fire of 1904Pottery recovered from great Toronto fire of 1904
108 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - 1906
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1906 Historic photo from 1906 - Ironstone cups recovered from great fire 2 years later in Great Toronto fire of 1904Ironstone cups recovered from great fire 2 years later
108 years ago - Great Toronto fire of 1904 - 1906
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