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West Washington Market in New York City suffers severe damage in a midnight fire

New York City, 1850s, detail
07/11/1860 to 07/12/1860
Around eleven p.m. on New York City's west side docks, the West Washington Market were discovered to be on fire.  A northwest wind drove the blaze through scores of fruit and vegetable stalls and damaged buildings in the market complex.  Ships moored nearby had to be moved into the channel as the fire burned and the wind carried sparks.  Total damage was later estimated at $100,000 but no-one suffered serious injury.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"A Portion of West Washington Market Destroyed by Fire," New York Times, July 12, 1860. 

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