Sunday, July 26, 1976 saw the end of the Metropolitan Store (The Met).  The Met was a a hub of activity in the downtown. A five and dime type dollar store and lunch counter is what I remember. There’s almost a similar kind of feel (minus the lunch counter) in The Bargain Shop, which now sits on the same location. Anyway, in our ongoing series of things that burned in Portage, from the Yosh Tashiro Archive, we present: The Epic Metropolitan Fire.

Things not going so well...

Things not going so well for the Met.

A crowd gathers to watch the action from Royal Rd. North. There's the old Credit Union on the left.

A crowd gathers to watch the action from Royal Rd. North. There’s the old Credit Union on the left.

Smoke blows south over City Hall

Smoke blows south over City Hall

Here comes the fire fighters.

Here comes the fire fighters.

Firefighters at back door. Love the helmets.

Firefighters at back door. Love the helmets.

Firefighters and bystanders battle the blaze at the front door. Look at the hipster guy in the middle.

Firefighters and a bystanders battle the blaze at the front door. Look at the hipster guy in the middle.

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More bystanders helping out.

Bystanders helping out as firefighters take a break.

Smoke billowing from the front door.

Smoke billowing from the front door.

View from roof of MacLeods.

View from roof of MacLeods.

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Not much left.

Not much left.

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If you were there that fateful July day, or recognize anyone or anything in these pictures, leave a comment and help us rebuild the lost history of Portage.



 

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7 Responses

  1. Ralph

    My ex wife worked there and that was in the early 80’s. They must have rebuilt it for her to work there years later. Send me an email and I’ll give you her name.

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    • Mark Moon

      My dad did the demolition cleanup and I remember he brought a bunch of kids GWG Jeans (that survived the fire) home that wreaked of smoke. He thought mom could wash them and get the smoke out of them……NOT! I think she still hates him to this day for bringing them home!!! Lol

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  2. Virginia

    I would have been 10. I remember being on my walk home from The Lions pool that day, I was standing there crying for the loss of the pets that perished. The older boys spoke of getting on the roof of I think Macleods or the building next to it. I remember attempting to climb up but couldn’t make it so I ran home and tattled.LOL

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  3. Karen

    I see all the kids on bikes.I was one of them.The firefighters didn’t have much protection back then did they?One is even wearing the plaid pants of that era.lol.I also noticed the old street sign on the corner.What ever happened to them?

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  4. Keith

    I remember it well. Like the picture that shows the grain elevators in the background, a bit of foreshadowing for their fate.

    I also remember exactly 4 years later, July 26, 1980. The Westco fire.

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  5. Jimmy Slaiter

    Falsehood. Not news. Old photos. Black and white from 70’s. Not modernity reality.

    Opposition rise up against you.

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