08/21/10 1899 W - + 8 - 9 Big Fires, 1965-1985

Since we're talking about big fires of the 1960s and 1970s, let's look at some data. For some time now, Yours Truly has been working on a master list of the city's major fires. What's most challenging-- apart from the numerous and inconsistent sources that must be ferreted out, from fire records to newspaper accounts-- is the evolving definition of "major fire." This is easiest to see in alarm levels. Two alarms in the 1960s brought fewer units than two alarms in the 1980s. Keep that in mind while reviewing the below list. There are a couple mutual aid calls included. And the whole thing is subject to repeated revision, as History Guy learns more and determines better. Someday we'll get the master list finished. For now, enjoy some abbreviated excerpts. 

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