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News A2C The Vancouver Sun, Friday, June 13, 1997 Fire destroyed city in under an hour NEWS SUMMARY VOICES NATION PROVINCES DONNA JEAN MacKINNONS Salmon foresight needed, A3 Americans have little short-term incentive to negotiate Pacific salmon quotas and must therefore start showing foresight if Canada is to get an agreement, Fisheries Min- ister David Anderson says. Saudis ouster opposed, A4 Amnesty International has is-- sued an urgent appeal to try to pre- vent Canada from deporting a Saudi man accused of involvement in terrorism. Fight over gun control, A5 Anne McLellan will have to cash in a lot of the goodwill she earned in Alberta while she was energy minister as she prepares to fight her home province over federal gun-control legislation. Canadian women shine, A6 Canadian women lead the world in educational achievement but lag behind Scandinavian women in political and economic clout, says a report by the United Nations. and fire on the horizon, took little notice at first of the impending disaster, but soon realized the fire was out of control.

Some jumped into ditches while chunks of flaming wood flew through the air. One hundred and one years ago, on June 13, 1886, just eight weeks after Vancouver was incorporated, a brush fire that started north of False Creek and quickly spread to the small settlement along Burrard Inlet virtually wiped the city-off the map. Within 45 minutes 21 were dead, 3,000 were homeless, and fewer than five buildings were left standing. In 1886, frontier Vancouver was surrounded by forest, with only a few logging roads between Burrard Inlet and False Creek. The CPR, which had been given a land grant extending nearly as far south as the Fraser River, was anxious to develop the area and had crews falling trees and clearing stumps in preparation for the settlement anticipated by the coming of the railroad.

The first timber to come down was just north of False Creek, where fires cleared the last vestiges of the forest from the landscape. Further inland, from the creek to Gastown, logs several feet deep lay drying in the hot sun waiting to be cleared away. This timber had come down by the bowling pin method, where large trees knock down small ones as they fall. The Great Fire of 1886 began when one of the clearing fires near False Creek got out of control. At the same time, an easterly wind swept the fire northward, taking out everything in its path en route to the small setdement, still known colloquially as Gastown.

Vancouverites, familiar with smoke MacLean at the edge of False Creek. Almost immediately, the mayor set up a relief committee, and money and supplies, including hundreds of tents sent by the provincial government, began pouring in from around the country. One of the most valuable items rescued from the fire was a sewing machine that was used by almost every family in the community to make clothing and household items for many months. So dramatically did the Great Fire of 1886 affect the early pioneers that stories and rumors (some say a child was born that night on the waterfront, but the story is unsubstantiated) were abundant and became rites of passage for many oldtimers for years to come. In 1929, the city declared June 13 Vancouver Day, a civic commemoration that continued into the 1940s.

Since then, the event has slipped from common memory, replaced by more recent catastrophes and shared experience by a population that can no more remember horse-drawn wagons along Hastings Street than imagine an inferno that could destroy thecity in less than an hour. Donna Jean MacKinnons is president of the Vancouver Historical Society. We'd like to hear your voice in about 550 words. Mail to Linda Bates, Voices, The Vancouver Sun, 2250 Granville Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3G2, fax 732-2323 or e-mail INTERNATIONAL Others covered their children in wet blankets and tied them to chimneys.

One man who jumped into a well died not of burns, but of asphyxiation. A makeshift morgue was set up at the north end of what we now call Main Street (then Westminster Avenue), where charred remains of missing relatives were identified. Ironically, only days before, city council had ordered fire equipment, but on June 13 the city was without the means to fight afire. Many of those left homeless by the fire took refuge on the south side of False Creek. Others jumped into Burrard Inlet, where they were taken aboard the Robert Kerr, a ship on which they lived on for a number of weeks.

At midnight, food from New Westminster and medical supplies from Port Moody were distributed by Vancouver Mayor He to dogs discovered, A14 Man's best friend is also by far his oldest, according to a new genetic study indicating that primitive humans began domesticating dogs more than 100,000 years ago. Robinson named to UN, A14 In a move that is expected to bol-. ster the role of the UN in promoting civil rights worldwide, Irish Presi-ll dent Mary Robinson was named Thursday as the organization's high commissioner for human rights. Boys' jail terms illegal, A15 Britain's House of Lords ruled Thursday a cabinet minister acted illegally in extending the minimum jail sentence for two boys convicted of killing toddler James Bulger. U.S.

shuts NATO door, A16 Leaving no room for compro- mise, U.S. President Bill Clinton drew the line Thursday at inviting three new members into NATO next month: Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. CITY REGION LOUIS VUITTON 'Road-rage' driver guilty, Bl A Burnaby man has been found guilty in what Crown counsel described as a rare case of "road rage" causing death. Robin MacFadden, 33, was convicted of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing the death of Kent Spencer Waller after deliberately ramming Waller's car. Hotel shut by inspector, B3 Tenants of the 45-room Roosevelt Hotel in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside have until Monday to find new accommodation after a health inspector decided the building is unfit for human occupancy.

Poll says tolls favored, B5 A majority of North Shore residents favor tolls for a new Lions Gate crossing, a provincial government poll suggests. But those findings were immediately disputed by North Vancouver district Councillor Ernie Crist, who said most of those surveyed don't even use the bridge. Gentleman's wallet in TaTaa leather ENTERTAINMENT with TVs favorite ER doctor because he's the first to agree "we have to put the whining to rest and More Speed not enough, CI Speed was a good movie. We wanted more. Studio ex Owner charged after police raid pot-smoking club JEREMY TOROBIN Vancouver Sun Vancouver police said Thursday that emergency response officers with sub-machineguns raided a marijuana-smoking club at 1884 Main Street.

Police forced open an electronically locked steel door at The Arthrology just before 9 p. m. Wednesday, Constable Anne Drennan said. Police found 24 people "with very slow reaction times," $2,600 worth of marijuana, and a large quantity of hash brownies and "magic" mushrooms, Drennan said. The owner, Norman Caouette, 39, of Surrey, is charged with one count of narcotics possession for the, purpose of trafficking, and one count of trafficking.

Drennan said he appeared in court Thursday and was released on condition he not enter Vancouver until his tri- Drennan said police don't know how many more clubs like The Arthrology exist in Vancouver. The only other pot-smoking club recently closed by police was the Harm Reduction Club on East Fourth Avenue near Commercial Drive. The owner outspoken pot activist David Malmo-Levine and two friends were charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. The three men pleaded not guilty. Last week, Malmo-Levine was ordered to stand trial.

make him have a little more fun." Just too earnest, C4 It's hard to say what Vancouver New Music's new opera The Gang is actually about aside from the badness of Everything in General. It might be far more effective if the dread hand of; ecutives wanted more. And so director Jan De Bont gave us just what we wanted. Speed Cruise Control, starring Sandra Bullock (right) doesn't quite match the quality of the first, however. Batman more fun, CI George Clooney is the third actor t6 fill the com is earnestness lay on it less heavily, says Sun music critic Lloyd Dykk.

ic-book character's Batmobile on the big screen and that's just fine SPORTS But two-thirds through an unexceptional camp, Robertson has not produced. As a result, he has seen the Lions bring in pass rush takes lead, Dl Colin Montgomerie, who had said that the Congresssional Club's treacherous golf prospect Jeff Galyeon and Louis Vuitton at Hotel Vancouver 604.488.0602 Holt Renfrew at Pacific Centre 604.687.4644 heard rumors about a possi course suited his game, proved it Thursday by shooting a five-under-par 65 to lead the first round of the rr: ble return by veteran Daved Benefield. Rodman fined, D3 Dennis Rodman of the was nine strokes behind. uPs?" CONGRESSIONAL Robertson falters, D3 Chicago Bulls was fined a record $50,000 US on In) Pi Virgil Robertson came into B.C. Lions' training camp this season as the undisputed No.

1 at rush end. Thursday for derogatory comments about Mormons during the NBA final. LOTTERY The Daily 3 winning numbers for Thursday were 246 In the event of a discrepancy between these numbers and the official winning numbers list, the latter shall prevail. Eli Iff BUSINESS the B.C. government sent only "junior-level people" to woo LG Semi-con, which is seeking a North American site for a semiconductor plant that would employ more than 1,000 people.

Returning to Hong Kong, El Canada's controversial foreign assets reporting requirements continue to drive many Chinese-Canadians back to Hong Kong, even with the July 1 handover looming, business representatives say. B.C. missing the boat, El British Columbia's high-tech industry is growing more than four times as fast as the provincial omy, new government statistics show, but an industry official says it could grow faster still if the government put more effort into it. David Bensted, chair of the B.C. Technology Industries Association, cited a dinner for a South Korean delegation looking to make a billion-dollar investment as an example of the shortcomings.

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