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Lightning in the Neighbourhood…

In recent research on a house on Tyne Street in Vancouver, I came across this this fascinating and terrifying account of a thunderstorm in August 1919 in the Daily World.

The thunderstorm on Thursday night resulted in three houses being struck by lightning. The home of Mrs. Dunlop, Tyne street and Fifty-third avenue, was one. The lightning entered at the front porch, cut through a corner support, cleaned out the interior, upset the stoves, wrecked the furniture and came out through the back, tearing out the planks and shingles. Mrs. Dunlop and her two sons were in the house at the time but were not injured. Three canaries also escaped. The house was set on fire in three places.

Lightning also struck a tall fir tree on Thirteenth Avenue, East Burnaby and running along a clothes line attached to the tree burned the clothes. The concussion following the bolt smashed the windows of houses in the vicinity, burst open the back door at the home of Mrs. J. H. Hubbard and tore away the roof of the back verandah. Mrs. Hubbard was stooping over a baby-buggy to pick up the child when the back door was thrown open and struck her. Broken glass from the kitchen window was also scattered all over the kitchen, but beyond a very severe shock and bruises neither Mrs. Hubbard or the children were injured.

Eight windows in an adjoining house and six in another were broken by the force of the concussion. The fir tree which, before the lightning struck, had towered 60 feet into the air was reduced to a mere stump, great fragments being flung in all directions. A B. C. Electric transformer was also struck by lightning, which was shattered and houses served from it deprived of light for the rest of the evening.

Mrs Dunlop and her two children lived at 6551 Tyne Street in Vancouver with her husband Robert at the time of the lightning strike. Robert was a sign painter and worked for Albert Quartermaine on Granville Street.

One thought on “Lightning in the Neighbourhood…

  1. Great find! Thanks, Lorenz

    On Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 5:56 PM What Floats to the Top of My Desk wrote:

    > John Atkin posted: ” In recent research on a house on Tyne Street in > Vancouver, I came across this this fascinating and terrifying account of a > thunderstorm in August 1919 in the Daily World. The thunderstorm on > Thursday night resulted in three houses being struck by ” >

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