09 Jan
Laurier Palace Theatre, Ste Catherine Street East

Laurier Palace Theatre, Ste Catherine Street East (Photo credit: douaireg)


On Sunday, January 9, 1927, the Laurier Place fire, also known as Laurier Place Theatre Crush, there was a fire at a movie theatre in Montreal, Quebec.


It is believed that the cause of the fire was a discarded cigarette, burning between floorboards, that was from an earlier comedy show Get ‘me young!


800 children attended the movie, and panic ensued when the smoke started.


All the children were up on the balcony. They had difficulty getting to safety because one of the emergency exit door was locked.


Even though Firefighter Station a number 13 is just across the street and went to work at the theatre, it wasn’t fast enough: 78 children died. Of them, 12 were crushed, 64 asphyxiated, and 2 actually died from the fire itself.


To read more, you could read my entry on BiteSizeCanada website. You a an also read the original newspaper article from the Gazette.



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6 responses to “Fire!

  1. afterthekidsleave

    January 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Wow. Both my in-laws were 6-year-olds living in Montreal at that time. I should ask my FIL if he remembers anything about it.

    • tkmorin

      January 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

      I’m sure it was on the news quite a bit at the time …

  2. WM

    January 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Incredible tragedy indeed …

    • tkmorin

      January 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      The projectionist, Emille Massicotte did manage to grab 30 and bring them to safety! Such heroics! 🙂

  3. Alice

    January 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

    How horrible. A day that began as any other…

    • tkmorin

      January 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      And I believe much of it could have been prevented. Such a tragedy!


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