London's new Metropolitan Fire Brigade has its first test in a massive fire on the city's docks
On the day it came into official existence by Act of Parliament, London's new Metropolitan Fire Brigade had its first test when a massive fire broke out at St. Katherine's Dock in the city's port. The fire burned for two days, caused extensive damage, and losses of close to a million dollars were reported. Few serious injuries were reported, however, and no deaths. (By John Osborne)
"Chronicle," The Annual Register: A Review of Public Events at Home and Abroard for the Year 1866 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1867), 1-2.