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In Nashville, Tennessee, a massive fire in the public square destroys businesses and kills one proprietor

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A large fire broke out in Nashville's public square around one o'clock in the morning.  It burned for three hours before being brought under control, during which several buildings were completely destroyed. Firefighters were able to stop the blaze before it engulfed the neighboring International Hotel but examination of the ruins later revealed that an owner of one of the buildings burned, Charles A. Moore, perished in the fire.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Fire at Nashville - Loss of life and Great Destrcution," New York Times, January 10, 1866, p. 1.