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The Fire at Variety Store, Derry Road, Malton Gas Fire, 1969
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Title: The Fire at Variety Store, Derry Road, Malton Gas Fire, 1969
Identifier: MI0163
Date of Original Photo: 1969
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Fires -- Ontario -- Malton (Mississauga)
Donor: Arthur P. Kennedy
Location: Airport and Derry Roads, Conc 6 EHS, Lot 11

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Description: On October 25, 1969, a faulty pipe in a gas line beneath the junction of Airport and Derry Roads in Malton exploded, causing a huge fire at the four corners. One person, Jean Perigo, a long-time Malton resident, was killed and about twenty others were injured. The fire was so hot that firefighters were unable to get near the fire. Nine stores and several houses and cars were destroyed in the fire. The fire covered an area of the Four Corners of Malton west of Airport Road and north and south of Derry Road. The Variety Store and Orenda Restaurant were located on the north side of Derry Road, west of the Four Corners. There were apartments above the stores. Firefighters kept their hoses on the buildings so as to contain the fire from spreading. Original slide at Museums of Mississauga. Description as of January 2013.
Agency: Mississauga Library System