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In New York City, St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, the oldest Catholic church in the city, is destroyed by fire.

Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral, New York City, the morning after its disastrous fire, October 7, 1866, artist's impression.

Sparks from another fire on Broadway started a blaze on the roof of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, known as the "Old Cathedral," on Mulberry Street and the structure was quickly and completely gutted, though many of the vestments and sacred vessels were saved. The burial vaults were untouched, however, and Saint Patrick's, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in New York City, was rebuilt and reopened in 1868.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

John Murphy Farley, History of St. Patrick's Cathedral (New York: Archdiocese of New York, 1908), 100-101.