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In Maine, a massive overnight fire destroys large parts of the port of Belfast

Devastating fire, Belfast, Maine, October 12, 1865, artist's impression, detail
10/12/1865 to 10/13/1865
A small fire broke out in a boat shop along the wharves of Belfast, Maine just before midnight and quickly spread across a wide section of the Penobscot Bay town.  By the time it was extinguished around 11 a.m. the next morning, at least 130 buildings had been destroyed.  Press reports stated that a hundred families were homeless and the total financial losses would top $300,000.  No serious injuries were reported, however. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Recent Fire at Belfast, ME," Philadelphia Inquirer, October 16, 1865, p.1.
"Fire at Belfast, Maine," Harper's Weekly Magazine, November 4, 1865, p. 694.
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