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The Longue Pointe Fire.

HORRIFYING DETAILS,

[I*ER PRESS ASSOCIATION.]

Montreal, May -7. The loss of life at the lunatic asylum at Longue Pointe is not so serious as ■\yas at first reported, and it is now estimated that forty perished.

The victims of the Longue Poiiite fire were principally females,, confined in a wing set apart for violent patients, and they were slowly roasted to death, Several nuns were among those who lost their lives. Two remarkable incidents are mentioned in connection with the fire, one patient having recovered the power of speech while another recovered his reason. The fire was caused by a lunatic firing a cupboard, and, owing to the lack of i water and appliances for gmng an alarm, the flames spread with great j rapidity. -Mqntreal, May 8. Ddring the confusion attendant on the fire some 250 of the lunatics escaped,, into jtho woods, and aro still uncaptured. l One horrible feature of the calamity was that a number of the female patients were outraged by roughs. The damage is estimated ab a million dollars.

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The Longue Pointe Fire., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2425, 9 May 1890

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The Longue Pointe Fire. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2425, 9 May 1890

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