While the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is better known, this is a painting (1846) of the Great Pittsburgh Fire on April 10, 175 years ago (1845), by witness William Coventry Wall. Started on a very windy day by a woman who started an outdoor fire to heat wash water, which she had left unattended, the Great Pittsburgh Fire consumed one-third of this city of, then, more than 20,000 population (which already had four daily newspapers), representing around two-thirds of the wealth of the city (between $6 million and $12 million damage). While the fire destroyed 1,200 buildings and displaced 12,000 people, only two deaths were reported.
More information: Link >>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Fire_of_Pittsburgh
(Image Sources: Wikipedia.org, By painting by William Coventry Wall, Carnegie Museum of Art (photo by Moira Burke) - File:WLA cma View of the Great Fire of Pittsburgh 1846.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17312244)
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