Most Americans have heard of the fire supposedly caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow in October 1871. Chicago recovered.
Then there was the San Francisco earthquake and fire of April 1906. San Francisco recovered, too.
Between the two was a little known disaster known as the Great Fire of 1901. Similar in scale and destruction as the Chicago fire, it started in a mattress factory. The people there at the time thought they could put it out (it started in the middle of the day and there were ample people on hand) with a few buckets of water. Unfortunately, they underestimated and didn't sound the alarm until it was out of control.
In the course of eight hours on May 3, 1901, the fire destroyed 146 city blocks, over 2,368 buildings, and left an estimated 10,000 homeless. In comparison to the estimates of 200-300 dead in Chicago, only seven deaths were reported.Today's Question: Where did this fire take place?
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