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Fire destroys large section of the Turkish port city of Smyna

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
08/27/1860
In the Turkish city of Smyna on the Aegean coast much of the Greek quarter burned in a massive fire.  The exceptionally hot summer weather had dried the wooden buildings of the town to tinder-like conditions and when the fire broke out  in the morning it spread quickly.  Despite help from ships in the harbor, including men from the British H.M.S. Terrible, more than 700 buildings were destroyed in seven hours.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1860 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1861), 178.

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