The Great Fire of 1846 | BaladoDiscovery The Great Fire of 1846 The Great Fire of 1846 The Great Fire of 1846 On Tuesday, August 4, 1846, the town of La Prairie was engulfed in fire. Due to a lack of maintenance, the fire pumps did not work. Only about twenty buildings did not burn. The Great Fire of 1846 Organizing of a group of volunteer firefighters, purchasing a truck and installing hydrants greatly helped improving fire fighting. Extract of Old La Prairie, A Heritage Site to Discover Presented by : Ville de La Prairie Get There Link copied successfully! Share this Point of Interest Twitter Facebook Linkedin E-mail Copy Link Download the BaladoDiscovery app (for Android and iOS) and access the largest network of self-guided tour experiences in Canada.