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Massive fire on the London Docks burns for two days causing a million dollars in damage

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
08/17/1860 to 08/18/1860
The West Kent Wharf on the south side of the Thames in the London Docks was mostly destroyed in a fire that began at midnight and burned fiercely  for two entire days.  Several massive warehouses, recently built and towering up to nine stories over the river, suffered severe damage along with their contents.  Damage was estimated at around £200,000, the equivalent of something like $1,000,000.  No deaths or serious injuries were reported, however.  (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), 145. 

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