June 25th marks the one hundredth anniversary of the biggest disaster in the history of Cle Elum, Washington. On this day in 1918, a massive fire tore through the mining town, destroying half of the business district and 205 homes.
According to a report by Chief Carr, the origin of the fire was possibly due to a carelessly discarded cigarette into a pile of rubbish outside a movie theater. Property losses were estimated at more than $500,000, with less than 10% being covered by insurance.
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