|Thursday, March 17, 1932, Vol. 80, No. 3||The Northern Advance (Barrie)||Page 8, col. 2|
Collingwood station burned.
The C.N.R. suffered a $15,000 loss when the station at Collingwood was burned early Saturday morning. The cause is thought to be have been defective wiring. Passersby noticed flames and smoke issuing from the tower, where the fire seems to have started, but it had such great headway that the entire building was gutted before the blaze was finally under control. The firemen were, however, able to save the baggage and express records before the flames reached that part of the building R. W. Thoms, the agent, was the last to leave the station. About 10 p.m. he banked the fires and left everything as usual before going home. At the time the fire broke out there was no one around, the night watchman having been laid off about a year ago. This station was one of the oldest on the division, being erected in 1875. At present a baggage car and coach are serving as a station until a new one can be built. The walls of the burned structure are of a sturdy build and with a new roof and interior will serve for a number of years.