Article about the great fire in New York in 1835. The fire covered 50 acres, 17 blocks of the city, destroying between 530 and 700 buildings and killed 2 people.
Article about the Great Fire in New York, that almost destroyed the entire city. The Great Fire proved a stimulus to progress, new building codes, stricter fire regulations, firemen were salaried instead of serving for lifetime draft and jury exemptions. The disaster pointed the way to better housing, good running water and, improved firefighting equipment and modern municipal service departments.