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The severe shaking cracked and toppled chimneys, spewing glowing coals onto wooden structures. It snapped power lines producing sparks that ignited gas from broken lines and fuels from breached tanks. The resulting fires raged uncontrolled for three days. Police and firemen, bolstered by military personnel and volunteers, tried to contain the flames, using dynamite to create breaks. By the time the fires burned themselves out, hundreds, some say thousands, had died. Over 28,000 buildings had been destroyed, and almost a quarter million San Franciscans were homeless.

Overland Monthly, Second Edition, May 2006


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The fire consumes otherwise unharmed buildings in downtown San Francisco.

The fire consumes otherwise unharmed buildings in downtown San Francisco.

Temple Emanu El devastated by earthquake and fire

Temple Emanu El devastated by earthquake and fire.

Ruins of downtown San Francisco.

Ruins of downtown San Francisco.

Map showing the extent of the fire damage in San Francisco, along with the locations of refugee camps and relief centers.

Map showing the extent of the fire damage in San Francisco, along with the locations of refugee camps and relief centers.



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