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In Philadelphia, a massive fire completely destroys a large railroad car factory on Market Street

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
05/02/1863
The large car factory of Messrs' Murphy and Allen, covering more than an acre at Nineteeth and Market Streets in Philadelphia, was completed gutted in a large fire in the early hours of the morning.  The concern's three buildings were burned out and all the valuable machinery lost, along with twenty railroad cars being built for the New York City Railroad. The cause was not immediately known but the loss was estimated to reach $100,000. No injuries were reported. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Great Fire in Philadelphia," Washington (DC) National Republican, May 2, 1863, p. 2.  

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