List of fires

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This is a list of historic disastrous fires. Urban fires are the most numerous due to loss of life and property, but also included are lists of fires in individual structures, ships and other transportation, and mines. A few of the most important wildfires or forest fires are included, but this list is not the primary resource for the most severe wildfires, which is summarized in the List of forest fires.

Not in history has a modern imperial city been so completely destroyed. San Francisco is gone.

Town and city fires[edit]

This is a list of some city conflagrations. Before the 20th century, fires were a major hazard to urban areas and the cause of massive amounts of damage to cities.

Antiquity through Middle Ages[edit]

1500–1899[edit]

Views of Pittsburgh the day after the 1845 Great Fire. Detail from William Coventry Wall print, "Great Conflagration at Pittsburgh".
City of St. John's after the Great Fire of 1892

1900s[edit]

2001–present[edit]

Building or structure fires[edit]

Antiquity through Middle Ages[edit]

1500–1799[edit]

1800s[edit]

On the right, a white stone bridge arches over a wide river. On the far side and to the left, a gabled building is outlined in front of huge flames rising up to the night sky; they are reflected in the water and illuminate part of the bridge and a building with two towers in the background. There are several boats full of people in the river, and large crowds are assembled on the near bank and on the bridge.
J. M. W. Turner watched the Palace of Westminster fire in 1834 and painted several canvases depicting it, including The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons (1835)

1900–1950[edit]

Firemen struggle to extinguish the Reichstag fire on 27 February 1933

1951–1975[edit]

1976–2000[edit]

2001–present[edit]

Fire at Alma College in May 2008. Only a brick shell remained and was subsequently demolished.

Transportation fires[edit]

Ship fires[edit]

Train and rail fires[edit]

Bus fires[edit]

Road fires[edit]

Other fires[edit]

Mining fires[edit]

This is a partial list of fire due to mining: man-made structures to extract minerals, ores, rock, petroleum, natural gas, etc.

Forest and countryside fires[edit]

See also[edit]

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