Robert Calhoun

Plot P, Section 17, Lot 7
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

On June 7, 1933 a sudden rain storm swept the city. A lightning bolt struck the dome of Our Lady of Lourdes church at the corner of Sherbourne and Earl Street and flames soon began to appear. The fire department was called and within a few minutes firemen were in the scene. A wooden extension ladder was placed against the wall of the church, and a trio of firefighters made their way to the dome. Suddenly, the ladder snapped throwing the three men in all directions. One, 40 year-old Robert Calhoun, was impaled by a large piece of the broken ladder and died immediately. The physical damage to the church caused by the fire was less than $5,000.

Mike Filey
Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide
Second Edition Revised and Expanded

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