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Large fire threatens Poughkeepsie, New York

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A few hours after midnight, a fire was discovered burning in a large carpentry company in Poughkeepsie, New York.  It spread quickly to a nearby coal yard and at one point threatened to engulf the businesses and vessels in the harbor on the Hudson. With the town "as light as day," all of the fire companies in the area eventually brought the outbreak under control.  Initial estimates of damage reached $30,000 but there were no serious injuries.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Destructive Fire in Poughkeepksie," New York Times, July 7, 1860. 


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