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Deadly daytime fire devastates residential sections of Troy, New York

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05/10/1862
A massive fire broke out on a covered railroad bridge over the Hudson in Troy, New York around noon and, driven by a strong wind, burned large portions of the city until it was controlled around sundown. News estimates gave the buildings destroyed at around five hundred, including some of the best private residences in the city, several churches, and the Rensselaer Institute.  The Union Station was completely gutted. Damages amounted to around $3,000,000 and perhaps a dozen people lost their lives.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Great Fire in Troy," New York Times, May 12, 1862, p. 8. 

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