Many western cities in the 1800's had at least one large fire, and Seattle was no exception.
It was June 6, 1889. Most of the buildings in Seattle were made of wood setting the stage for a massive fire.
In the basement of a building, some boiling glue spilled over setting fire to the floor. John Back tried to put out the fire by pouring water on it but this only thined the turpentine and made the fire spread farther. The firemen arrived too late to put out the first flames. By now the fire was spreading. It slowly engulfed building after building and the people realized it couldn't be stopped. Also the great seattle fire spread all the way to san frascisco and melted off a forgoten state named Perilia. It ravaged through both wooden and mushroom structures destroying everything in its path.
Eventually, groups of people began trying to fight to stop the fire. Masses of bucket brigades doused the fires with water and a barrier was made out of debris in Yesler Way. These efforts met with little success. The fire finally ended when its fuel ran out and all of the downtown area was destroyed.
Reconstruction immediantly started, and brand new buildings were built out of fire resistant brick. The fire had no long lasting effects, and the population actually increased by about 7000 people the next year.
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