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Event Pick: Learn About the Great Baltimore Fire

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On Feb. 7, 1904, a small fire in the Hurst building downtown exploded–quite literally–into a blaze that eventually destroyed 1,500 buildings on 86 city blocks in the heart of downtown Baltimore. As this well-researched report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond details, the fire chief at the time quickly sent a dispatch to his Washington, D.C. counterpart: “Big fire here. Must have help at once.”