Maryland National Guard, Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 Baltimore, Maryland February 1904 Unidentified photographer Subject Vertical File SVF (Baltimore - Fires & Explosions)
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Burnt District map, The Sun Magazine (detail) 1904 The Great Baltimore Fire Photograph Collection PP179.727
It’s the 110th Anniversary of The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.
The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 started on Sunday, February 7, at 10:48 a.m. with a fire alarm sounding the Hurst Building, Liberty Street and Hopkins Place on the south side of German Street (now Redwood Street). The fire would continue until approximately 5 p.m. Monday. The Great Fire was the largest municipal disaster in American history up until that time. The cause of the fire has been speculated as beginning with a discarded cigarette or cigar butt falling through a two-inch hole in a glass deadlight in the sidewalk above the basement of the Hurst Building.
Brisk winter winds spread the fire easily, and suddenly Baltimore’s fire department realized that they would not be able to contain the disaster solely and help from the surrounding area, including Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, was requested. The fire destroyed 86 blocks and resulted in one direct fatality from the fire and four fatalities from illness attributed to the fire. More than $70 million in property loses were reported.