Fire breaks out in Seattle on July 19, 1875.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 11/05/1998
  • Essay 214
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On July 19, 1875, a store located on Commercial Street (renamed 1st Avenue S) in the center of the business district of Seattle catches fire. Fortunately people at the scene haul the coal, oil, and gun powder stored in the building out of harm's way. No other buildings catch fire. In response, on July 29, 1875, a volunteer fire company forms.


J[ames] Willis Sayre, This City of Ours (Seattle: J. W. Sayre, 1936), 74.

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