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Fires--Atlanta--1917
Disasters

This fire started in a warehouse at Fort and Decatur Street and rapidly spread. It burned whole blocks of homes so quickly that people couldn't even get anything out of the building. Soldiers arrived to dynamite buildings to try to stop it. Fire fighters came to as far away as Chattanooga, Knoxville, Rome, Augusta, Macon, Newnan, Marietta, Griffin, Gainesville, Greenvile (S.C.), Jacksonville, Nashville and Savannah. The fire blazed all day and was finally brought under control about 10 p.m. The area continued to burn and smolder for a week. 300 acres had been burned, 1,938 buildings were destroyed and 10,000 people (mostly "Negroes") were made homeless. Property loss was $5,500,000. See Atlanta and Environs, Franklin Garrett, Volume II, page 700 to 706 for details.

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