The article below describes the losses to Port Hammond's business section, making a distinction between the value of the buildings (low) and their merchandise (high). For a commercial store owner in a rural hamlet, the loss of wares was far more onerous than the loss of a building, which could be erected relatively quickly and cheaply.
In a small aside at the end of the article, the author speculates on the cause of the blaze: "Tramps in a stable at the rear of the hotel area believed to have started the fire." While both Port Hammond and Port Haney were rest stops for travellers on the Canadian Pacific, no cause of the 1916 fire was substantiated.
|P00896. 1909 c. The Dale Store and Hotel (L), Dale Hall and Bank of Hamilton, and several outbuildings were some of many engulfed by the 1916 fire. Barrowclough, photographer.|
|ND . P04344. Arthur Lazenby, postmaster at Hammond, reportedly saved his place of work by covering its vulnerable west facade with wet blankets.|