The Great Baltimore Fire
On the morning of February 7, 1904, what started as a small fire in the basement of the Hurst and Company dry goods store turned into an uncontrollable inferno. Firefighters were quickly outmatched by the blaze that reached 2400 degrees. Two days later more than 140 acres of the city’s business district were reduced to ashes, leaving some 35,000 unemployed. Despite the magnitude of the destruction not one person perished in the fire.