James Collins and A.P. Doonan
Grimsby Independent, 13 Oct 1920, p. 9
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Newspaper located at the Grimsby Museum
Date of Publication
13 Oct 1920
Date Of Event
6 Oct 1920
Personal Name(s)
Collins, James ; Doonan, A.P.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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James Collins and A.P. Doonan, canal helpers, were burned to death shortly after 2:30 o'clock Wednesday morning in a shack near the guard gate of the Welland Canal above Thorold. The fire was discovered by the lock-tender when he left his shanty to lock a boat, but the shack was practically destroyed at that time, the flimsy construction making it an easy prey to the flames. Collins, a brother of Chief of Police Frank Collins, was known to be in the shack and the second man was identified through a name in a notebook found in a partially burned suitcase. The bodies of the two men were burned to a crisp and they were removed to Williams Undertaking Parlors. How the fire started and the cause of the men's death is a mystery. The owner of the shack, known as "Yankee Jack", has been taken into custody by the police and will be questioned when he becomes sober. It is expected he will be able to state if Doonan is the correct name of the man burned and perhaps throw some light on the tragedy.

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James Collins and A.P. Doonan