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In Philadelphia, a large early-morning fire destroys several buildings on Chestnut Street

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
01/02/1866
Three large buildings on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia took fire around one o'clock in the morning and despite the best efforts of firefighters were largely destroyed.  Walls collapsed into the street and losses in the businesses housed there were estimated at around $120,000.  No serious injuries were reported, however.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Great Fire in Philadelphia," New York Times, January 3, 1866, p. 4. 

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