E5. The Great New York City Fire July 19, 1845



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The Great New York City Fire July 19, 1845
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The Great New York City Fire July 19, 1845
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_New_York_City_Fire_of_1845
The Great New York City Fire of 1845 broke out on July 19, 1845. The fire started in a whale-oil and candle manufacturing establishment and quickly spread to other wooden structures in the neighborhood. It reached a warehouse on Broad Street where combustible saltpeter was stored and caused a massive explosion that spread the fire even farther.[1]

Before it was subdued, the fire destroyed 345 buildings in Lower Manhattan in New York City and caused $5 million to $10 million in damage, as well as killing 4 firefighters and 26 civilians. The 1845 fire was the last of three great fires that affected the heart of Manhattan, including fires in 1776 and 1835. The 1845 fire was very destructive, but it affected mostly older wood-frame construction in a confined section of the city. This proved the efficacy of the fire-resistant building practices that had come into play in surrounding areas of the city in previous decades.
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From: Saturday, July 19, 1845
To: Sunday, March 11, 1973
Result: 46,622 days
127 years, 7 months, 21 days
4,028,140,800 seconds
67,135,680 minutes
1,118,928 hours
46,622 days
6660 weeks
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From: Saturday, July 19, 1845
To: Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Result: 57,033 days
156 years, 1 month, 24 days
4,927,651,200 seconds
82,127,520 minutes
1,368,792 hours
57,033 days
8147 weeks
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