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Great Fire, Seattle, Wash., 1889

View Resource The Great Seattle Fire

It seems that many acts of destruction (human or otherwise) seem to acquire the seemingly inappropriate prefix of “great”, and the tremendous fire that swept through Seattle on June 6, 1889 is no exception. Like the fires that consumed other cities such as Chicago and London, the Great Seattle Fire was the cumulative product of a number of factors working in the favor of such an incendiary blaze....