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In New York City, an entire city block burns leaving forty families homeless

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
12/02/1863
In the early hours of the morning, fire burst through the skylight of a steel-wire factory on Seventh Avenue in New York City.  Within hours the entire city block between Twenty-Eighth and Twenty-Ninth Streets was largely destroyed and some structures on either side of the block badly damaged. Damage was estimated at more than $160,000 and forty families were said to be made homeless but no serious injuries were reported.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"A Large Fire on Seventh Avenue," New York Times, December 3, 1863, p. 2. 

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