At 2:30 on the afternoon of June 20, 1877, a spark fell into a bundle of hay in Henry Fair Weathers' storehouse in the York Point Slip area. Nine hours later the fire had destroyed over 80 hectares (200 acres) and 1,612 structures including eight churches, six banks, fourteen hotels, eleven schooners and four wood boats. The fire had killed approximately 19 people, and injured many more. No photographs exist of the fire. But some survivors accounts of the blaze tell that the fire came so close to the harbour that it looked like the water was on fire.
Aftermath and Legacy
Saint John's Trinity Royal Heritage Conservation Area was built out of the ashes of the fire.