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Thursday, May 28, 2020
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May 17, 1849

A large fire nearly...
A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground. The St. Louis Fire of 1849 was a devastating fire that occurred on May 17, 1849 and destroyed a significant part of St. Louis, Missouri and many of the steamboats using the Mississippi River and Missouri River. This was the first fire in United States history in which it is known that a firefighter was killed in the line of duty. Captain Thomas B. Targee was killed while trying to blast a fire break.
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