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A serious fire in Pennsylvania's oil fields destroys nine wells along Bennehof Run in Venango County

Large Oil Field Fire, Venango County, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1866, artist's impression
02/02/1866
As the proliferation of wells had increased in 1865, the Pennsylvania oil region had been plagued with an increasing number of fires, one a week by some reports.  The fire on Bennehof Run in Venango County was a serious blaze.  Started by a spark from a smokestack, the fire extended for half a mile and completely destroyed nine of the run's best wells.  No serious injuries were reported, however.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Fire in the Oil Regions," Harper's Wekkly Magazine, March 10, 1866, p. 153. 

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