23 MAY 1840, Page 2

By the same arrival we have received Upper Canada papers

to -the 25th ultimo. The Kingston Chronicle and Gazette gives parti- culars of a disastrous fire, by which fifty houses in that town were destroyed on the night of the 12th April. The tire was caused by sparks from the funnel of an American steam-boat, lying off one of the wharfs, falling upon the roof of a building belonging to the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company. The roof being very dry, the flames were soon kindled. In one of the warehouses, a hundred kegs of gunpowder exploded and shook the whole town, breaking nearly all the windows in Kingston. One Coloured man was killed. Among the buildings destroyed was the office of the Chronicle and Gazette.