#TBT From the NFPA Archives: Cle Elum Fire of 1918

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Jun 21, 2018


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.
For more information regarding this and other moments in fire history, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Research Library & Archives.


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