Parliament Buildings

Fire on the Hill!

MPs and workers alike fled by jumping, crawling, staggering, and scrambling down make-shift ladders. On the dull, cool evening of February 3, 1916 there was barely a quorum of members in Ottawa’s House of Commons. The honourable member for Northumberland, W.S. Loggie, was droning on about the question of improving the transportation of fish. Suddenly there was a commotion at the main door of the chamber. Two men rushed in and one shoute d “Fire... Everybody get out!”