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Great Fire of 1892

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Date: 8 Jul 1892 to 9 Jul 1892
Location: St. John’s, Newfoundlandmap
Surname/tag: Newfoundland
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At approximately 4:45 in the afternoon of July 8, 1892, a dropped pipe in Timothy O'Brien's stable, atop Carter's Hill on Freshwater Road, began what would become the worst fire in the history of St. John's. Initially, the fire did not cause any widespread panic; however, a series of catastrophic coincidences caused the fire to spread and devour virtually all of the east end of the city, including much of its major commercial area, before being extinguished. [1]


  1. Moses, Harvey, M. (1892). The Great Fire in St. John's, Newfoundland, July 8, 1892. Boston: Rockwell and Churchill.

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