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List of historic fires
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List of historic fires

This is a list of historic fires. Before the 20th century, fires were a major hazard to urban areas and the cause of massive amounts of damage to cities. It does not include historic wildfires or forest fires. See forest fire for a list of some of the most severe recorded forest fires.

Table of contents
1 Building fires
2 City fires
3 Other fires

Building fires

City fires

64 - Great fire of Rome
  • 1204 - Constantinople burned three times during the Fourth Crusade
  • 1666 - Great Fire of London
  • 1776 - New York City
  • 1805 - Detroit
  • 1812 - Moscow
  • 1813 - Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1813 - Toronto, Ontario burned during the War of 1812
  • 1835 - Great Fire of New York
  • 1871 - Great Chicago Fire
  • 1871 - Peshtigo Fire - Peshtigo, Wisconsin destroyed in a firestorm
  • 1872 - Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1883 - Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1889 - Great Seattle Fire
  • 1892 - St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 1901 - Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1904 - Great Baltimore Fire
  • 1904 - Great Toronto Fire
  • 1904 - Ålesund Fire
  • 1906 - San Francisco earthquake and fire
  • 1917 - The Halifax Explosion, largest man-made explosion before Hiroshima nuclear bomb
  • 1933 - Tillamook Burn
  • 1945 - Bombing of Dresden in World War II
  • 1945 - Bombing of Tokyo in World War II
  • 1945 - Atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II
  • 1945 - Atomic bombing of Nagasaki in World War II
  • 1947 - Texas City Disaster, two ships blow up, igniting chemical works, 460 - 600 killed
  • 1987 - King's Cross fire
  • 1991 - Kuwaiti oil fires following the Persian Gulf War
  • 1991 - Oakland Hills firestorm kills 25 and destroys 3469 homes and apartments
  • 1993 - Branch Davidian compound burns
  • 1998 - 1998 U.S. embassy bombings
  • 2001 - September 11 Terrorist Attacks
  • 2002 - Edinburgh Cowgate fire
  • 2002 - Rodeo-Chediski fire
  • 2003 - Patrice Lumumba People's Friendship University, Moscow

  • Other fires