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Fire! : the 100 most devastating fires and the heroes who fought them
Goodman, Edward C., 1952-
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New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, 2001.
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256 pages ; 31 cm
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The harrowing stories and vivid images of the most devastating fires throughout history come alive in this groundbreaking volume, rich with history, science and breathtaking real-life adventure.

The 100 most infamous fires through the ages leap full-blown from the pages of FIRE!, complete with the ravages caused by the consuming infernos and the courage of the men and women who fought the conflagrations. Lively artwork and photographs on show blazing buildings, tragedy-stricken survivors, charred destruction, and firefighters in the heat of the battle. Fascinating history, along with technical information about the nature, causes and behavior of fires, take readers into the dangerous and complex world of firefighting, to examine the first fire engines and brigades; to understand how and why fires are sometimes set to put out fires; when airdrops are used; how to avoid dangerous backdrafts; and much, much more. The book features fires from the beginning of recorded history and includes the 1666 Great London Fire, the 1858 New York Crystal Palace Fire, the 1902 Atlantic City Fire, the

1906 San Francisco Fire, the World War II Dresden Firestorm, the 1980 MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Fire, the 1991 Oakland/Berkeley Hills Fire and the Los Alamos Wildfires of 2000.

Author Notes

Edward C. Goodman is the General Editor of the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals at Columbia University in New York City. He is the editor of The Forbes Book of Business Quotations.

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Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
London, Englandp. 11
Charleston, South Carolinap. 14
Lisbon, Portugalp. 16
New York Cityp. 18
Norfolk, Virginiap. 20
Bombay, Indiap. 21
Austrian Ambassador's Fete, Parisp. 23
Richmond Theater, Virginiap. 24
Washington, D.C.p. 26
Moscow, Russiap. 28
Houses of Parliament, Londonp. 30
New York Cityp. 32
Lexington Steamshipp. 34
Hamburg, Germanyp. 36
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniap. 38
Ocean Monarchp. 40
Sacramento, Californiap. 42
Milwaukee, Wisconsinp. 44
Crystal Palace, New York Cityp. 46
Troy, New Yorkp. 49
Atlanta, Georgiap. 52
Richmond, Virginiap. 54
Sultana Steamshipp. 56
Barnum's American Museum, New York Cityp. 58
Portland, Mainep. 60
Chicago, Illinoisp. 61
Peshtigo, Wisconsinp. 64
Boston, Massachusettsp. 66
Conway Theater, Brooklyn, New Yorkp. 68
Ring Theatre, Viennap. 71
Newhall House, Milwaukee, Wisconsinp. 73
Galveston, Texasp. 75
Opera Comique, Parisp. 77
Theatre Royal, Exeter, Englandp. 79
Seattle, Washingtonp. 81
Minneapolis, Minnesotap. 84
World's Columbian Exposition, Chicagop. 86
Hinckley, Minnesotap. 88
Charity Bazaar, Parisp. 90
Windsor Hotel, New York Cityp. 92
North German Lloyd Lines, Hoboken, New Jerseyp. 94
Atlantic City, New Jerseyp. 96
Iroquois Theater, Chicagop. 98
Baltimore, Marylandp. 101
General Slocum Steamshipp. 104
San Francisco, Californiap. 106
Rhoads Theater, Boyertown, Pennsylvaniap. 109
Lake View School, Collinwood, Ohiop. 111
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, New York Cityp. 112
Dreamland, Coney Island, New Yorkp. 115
Equitable Life Building, New Yorkp. 118
New Bern, North Carolinap. 121
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohiop. 124
Ohio State Penitentiary, Columbus, Ohiop. 127
Reichstag, Berlin, Germanyp. 130
Morro Castle Shipp. 133
Crystal Palace, London, Englandp. 135
Hindenburg Airshipp. 138
Dance Hall, Natchez, Mississippip. 140
The Blitz, London, Englandp. 142
Pearl Harbor, Hawallp. 145
S.S. Normandiep. 148
Cocoanut Grove, Boston, Massachusettsp. 151
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, Hartford, Connecticutp. 153
Empire State Building, New York Cityp. 156
La Salle Hotel, Chicago, Illinoisp. 159
Winecoff Hotel, Atlanta, Georgiap. 162
Texas City, Texasp. 165
St. Anthony's Hospital, Effingham, Illinoisp. 169
Katie Jane Memorial Home for the Aged, Warrenton, Missourip. 171
Our Lady of the Angels School, Chicagop. 174
Watts Riots, Los Angelesp. 177
23rd Street Fire, New York Cityp. 180
Apollo 1p. 183
L'innovation Department Store, Brussels, Belgiump. 185
Riots, Newark, New Jersey and Detroit, Michiganp. 188
Club Cinq Sept, Saint-Laurent-Du-Pont, Francep. 191
Beverly Hills Supper Club, Southgate, Kentuckyp. 194
Mgm Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevadap. 197
Move Headquarters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniap. 200
Dupont Plaza Hotel, Puerto Ricop. 203
King's Cross Subway Station, London, Englandp. 205
Yellowstone National Park, Wyomingp. 207
Happy Land Disco, Bronx, New Yorkp. 211
Scandinavian Star Ferry, North Seap. 214
Oakland/Berkeley Hills, Californiap. 216
Persian Gulf War Oil Well Fires, Kuwaitp. 219
Windsor Castle, Englandp. 222
Malibu/Laguna Beach Brush Fires, Californiap. 225
Gran Teatro Del Liceu, Barcelona, Spainp. 229
Glenwood Springs, Coloradop. 232
Teatro La Fenice, Venicep. 235
Chapel of the Holy Shroud, Turin, Italyp. 237
Tropical Forest Fires, Indonesiap. 239
Los Alamos, New Mexicop. 242
Alpine Train, Kaprun, Austriap. 246
Photography Creditsp. 248
Selected Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 251