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In Philadelphia, a massive killer fire in a petroleum storage spreads quickly and devastates the neighborhood

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02/01/1865
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a massive fire that began in an oil storage warehouse caused massive damage in the city as well as several deaths.  The structure on Ninth Street and Washington Avenue held more than a thousand barrels of petroleum oil and as they exploded fire was spread almost instantly over a large number of the residences, including tenements, in the area. More than fifty houses were burned and up to ten people lost their lives.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 821. 

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