FROM THE CANADIAN ILLUSTRATED NEWS, MAY 24, 1873
A serious fire occurred on Daly Street, on Friday last, by which property to the amount of nearly $150.000 was destroyed. The fire had it's origin in the rear of what is know as Patterson Place, and owning to the insufficient means at hand for extinguishing conflagrations, spread unrestrained to the neighbouring buildings, until the entire block between Daly and Stewart Streets was consumed. Fortunately the wind was not high at the time. Had this been the case, there can be little doubt that a large portion of the City would have been consumed.