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In Galion, Ohio, the Bellefontaine and Indianapolis Railroad suffers massive losses in a pre-dawn fire.

Burning of the Bellefontaine and Indianapolis Railroad Engine House, Galion, Ohio, January 5, 1866, artist's impression
01/05/1866
The railroad engine house of the Bellefontaine and Indianapolis Railroad at Galion, Ohio was widely considered one of the best in the country. In the early hours of a bitterly cold morning, fires lit to keep oil from freezing ignited and spread to a large container of carbon oil which exploded.  The entire building, along with thirteen locomotives was completed destroyed in under an hour.  No serious injuries were reported.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Burning of the Bellefontaine and Indianapolis Engine-House," Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, February 3, 1866, 308.