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In New York City, a fire destroys a large commercial building and kills a teenage employee

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05/23/1863
A massive fire completely destroyed a five-story brick building on Pearl Street in New York City, wiping out several concerns doing business there.  The early afternoon fire began on the top floor in a chair manufacturers when a young workman was trying to light a lamp.  He was injured fatally in an explosion and the fire spread rapidly to a bookbinders on the next floor and then to a book printers on the lower floors. No other serious injuries were reported.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"A Large Fire in Pearl-Street," New York Times, May 24, 1863, p. 6. 

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