Tuesday, February 7, 2012

15 Years After the End of the World

In 1889, the City of Seattle suffered a great fire that destroyed the entire downtown. Resources to fight the disaster were inadequate, and in some cases made things worse. Attempts to halt the fire by using explosives to demolish buildings in its path failed and, when already-burning buildings were detonated, only served to spread burning debris further afield.

Some people never learn.


Blogger Tony said...

The bit about inadvertently spreading the blaze by dynamiting burning buildings is something they tell you on the Seattle underground tour, so it may be apocryphal. If you've never taken the tour of the underground remnants of Seattle's destroyed downtown, I highly recommend it.

February 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM


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