The “most spectacular and biggest fire” ever seen in Bermuda ripped through the Hamilton Hotel three days before Christmas 1955.
Hundreds got out of their beds and headed into Hamilton to watch the flames, streets were cordoned off and people evacuated from nearby buildings.
The fire blazed all night, and the building—located on the current site of Hamilton City Hall—was totally destroyed.
There were, however, no fatalities or significant damage to neighbouring buildings in the blaze The Bermudian called “Bermuda’s bonfire of the century.”
It was an ignominious end to a city landmark that had opened as Bermuda’s first major hotel in 1861, but whose importance had been eclipsed by newer hotels like The Princess.