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Blind River's Daigle house destroyed by fire (9 photos)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

Loyal SooToday.com reader Keith Bowser sent us the following photos of a historically significant abandoned homestead house on Highway 17 that was levelled to the stone foundation some time on Sunday.

The Daigle House, located on Highway 17 near Blind River, once stood as a tourism attraction and historical landmark in the Municipality of Huron Shores.

"The timber framed house was built by Alexander Daigle, from France, in the 1870′s," says the municipality website. "Daigle was one of the first settlers in the Iron Bridge area."

Bowser tells us that he saw heavy smoke across the highway while driving back to the Sault from Sudbury on Sunday, February 2.

"I'm not sure what happened," he said. "I was kind of surprised that there were no fire trucks in sight."

In response to the story and photos above, photographer Ron Gallagher kindly shared an image of Daigle House as it was this past summer when he took the photograph below.

 

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arizonagryphon3 2/5/2014 12:32:27 PM Report

I was always intrigued by this place. Sad :(
Slim Shady 2/5/2014 12:35:13 PM Report

The house had been rapidly deteriorating to the point that the back half was caved in.

I too was driving past Sunday around noon. Two men in pick-ups were doing a controlled burn. I'd imagine that they were the property owners. Too many people would stop and enter this house and probably was a potential insurance liability.

When was the last time it was inhabited?
madmaymax 2/5/2014 1:04:02 PM Report

THIS HOUSE SHOWED WHAT A PIONEER FAMILY,THE DAIGLES CARVED FROM THE CANADIAN WILDERNESS, THE ARCHITECTURE WAS BEFORE ITS TIME,EVERY WINDOW HAD A PICTURE WINDOW VIEW,IN WINTER I WONDER HOW A FIRE STARTED,NO LIGHTING STORMS LAST NIGHT:)THIS IS VERY SAD,AS EVERYTIME I DROVE BY, I KNEW I WAS ALMOST HOME,THIS LAND MARK WILL BE MISSED:(
Coolmummer1 2/5/2014 1:47:37 PM Report

Same here Madmaymax ... I'm really gonna miss that house. It was just a matter of time before someone brought it down whether for safety's sake or they just wanted to destroy something. Sad.
CakeLady 2/5/2014 1:48:39 PM Report

So unfortunate. This was the home that my grandmother grew up in. We would stop to visit it every time we drove by that way. Family members even had a memorial plaque mounted a few years ago.
arizonagryphon3 2/5/2014 1:57:22 PM Report

Cake Lady, do you know what year the last family left this house?
CakeLady 2/5/2014 2:06:14 PM Report

I will find out!
arizonagryphon3 2/5/2014 2:09:08 PM Report

Thanks!!
old-cat33 2/5/2014 2:11:51 PM Report

I was coming back from a hockey tournament on Sunday and never noticed? I would of loved to have taken a walk through that old house it seemed kind of mysterious?
iamtc 2/5/2014 2:23:27 PM Report

no big loss should of been demolished years ago
CakeLady 2/5/2014 2:26:24 PM Report

I believe it was around 1940. It has been at least 65 years since my family lived there and then it was rented out for a little while.
only art 2/5/2014 6:08:55 PM Report

This Sunday February 9th from 1-4 the Blind River Timber Village Museum is hosting an opening for the exhibition of paintings and mixed media art of the Daigle and Moise homes. Exhibit by: local Sault artist Chrissy Pichette. A great way to honor their heritage and something to go and see.
Rockin 2/5/2014 6:28:07 PM Report

There's a hole in the world like a great black pit
And the vermin of the world inhabit it
And its morals aren't worth what a pig would spit
And it goes by the name of IAMTC...

Forever in my sights Daigles place.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/5/2014 6:43:16 PM Report

Awe ya--on my commutes to Elliot I would stop there sometimes---i even took a pic of it before and posted on my facebook:
"My new house!! (a bit of a fixer-upper)
Too bad!
HeyImOnnaBus 2/5/2014 6:54:45 PM Report

Also noticed the ruins smouldering last Sunday PM on my way back to the Soo. Thanks for providing info about its history. I've always wondered who lived there and when and why it was abandoned. I bet many a hitchiker sought refuge there in the 70s.

As an aside, does anyone know the history of the other abandoned house further east down the highway from this one?
pregogirl 2/5/2014 7:42:44 PM Report

For Anyone growing up in Blind River or Iron Bridge there is a loss we all feel.
My mother who is 65 never knew anyone to live there. Needless to say nor did I. I was there last summer with my three boys as part of our past. answered questions if I could and took a lot of pictures. I an extremely sad to see it go. when we saw that house we were almost home. its a shame.
Shawna
dobar 2/5/2014 8:35:55 PM Report

iamtc, you are an a**
Daiv 2/5/2014 9:32:10 PM Report

I would love to see other pictures of it when it was still in somewhat decent shape.
Here is an article from a few years ago:
http://www.saultstar.com/2010/10/09/houses-of-history-and-mystery
arizonagryphon3 2/5/2014 10:53:05 PM Report

Thanks to those who have given a bit of history and the links. Love learning the history of places like these.
iamtc 2/6/2014 12:32:01 AM Report

For those who are rude to me I wish I was there roasting marshmallows
Pakadeva 2/6/2014 2:21:03 AM Report

Awwww, how sad for CakeLady. I always was intrigued by this place as well. I loved that it was still standing as if to say "I'm still a home".
jod-ithejedi 2/6/2014 7:52:31 AM Report

I photographed this amazing homestead last fall. I'm so glad I did now. It was one of the best abandoned houses I've checked out.

Here are my pics...

http://www.ontarioabandonedplaces.com/upload/showpics.asp?sid=82426201385
jod-ithejedi 2/6/2014 7:58:28 AM Report

...and to think, i'd planned to stop and take more with my good camera come spring...
deni 2/6/2014 9:12:46 AM Report

Nice photo Ron!
JessieL 2/6/2014 9:25:39 AM Report

Photos and background on this house may be found here - http://tinyurl.com/lgkld7a
crashed13 2/6/2014 9:30:29 AM Report

Their is another house kind of like it near by on the same side of the Hwy.

I looked around in both.
Coolmummer1 2/6/2014 10:00:23 AM Report

JessieL ... please recheck that link you posted - I'd like to view it but it doesn't match anything
fredman27273 2/6/2014 10:07:32 AM Report

This was a controlled burn. Fire department was informed but not needed.
jod-ithejedi 2/6/2014 10:23:11 AM Report

It leads to the same site I've listed above coolmummer...
steelworker 2/6/2014 11:31:17 AM Report

Big fire in Wawa. An apartment complex burnt down and not a peep from Sootoday.
iamtc 2/6/2014 11:59:37 AM Report

Where is Wawa?
bubba1 2/6/2014 3:05:30 PM Report

Bubba 1 Thanks for all the pictures , wish I could get to Blind River and see the pictures , they have of the Daigle and Moise's houses , I went to school with some of the kids Lived in Dean Lake at Roy and Agnes Beharriell went to school at SS No. one Thompson inbetween that home and the Moise home .
Harvickstang 2/7/2014 10:31:41 AM Report

My parents lived in this house in the early 50's. They were newly married at the time, so I assume they had rented it. I also heard a story about a local man being born in that house, but,he says he didn't live there.
Sad to see that bit of history lost.
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