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In Kingston, Jamaica, a devastating fire destroys much of the commercial district around the docks

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
03/29/1862
A massive fire broke out in the small hours of the morning at the busy port and capital of the West Indies island of Jamaica and for the next twenty-four hours consumed six full city blocks and several lives.  Kingston's commercial district was hardest hit with businesses and warehouses burning all the way to the harbor's edge.  Damage of around one and a quarter million dollars was reported.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Jamaica.; Destructive Fire Six Squares of Buildings Burnt," New York Times, April 18, 1862.

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