#TBT from the NFPA Archives: the Atlanta conflagration, 1908

Blog Post created by maryelizabethwoodruff Employee on Aug 18, 2016


From the NFPA Quarterly v. 2, no. 1, 1908

"On Friday, May 8, 1908, Atlanta was visited by the worst conflagration in its history, excepting of course its destruction by fire during  the Civil War in 1864.  The monetary loss will amount to about one and one-quarter million dollars, while the insurance loss will probably be in the neighborhood of nine hundred thousand dollars.  Thirty different buildings were either destroyed or damaged.  No lives were lost.


The purpose of this report will be to describe as accurately as circumstances will allow, the conditions which made possible this conflagration, to give briefly a story of the fire and to point out the lessons it teaches. "



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