Historic Augusta photos: The Fire of 1916

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The flames of The Augusta Chronicle Building on Broad Street illuminate the Confederate Monument on the night of March 22, 1916. The building -- built in early 1900s as the Augusta Chronicle Building -- was gutted by the famous 1916 fire. It was refurbished almost a century ago and turned into an office building. (Special photo)
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The Augusta Chronicle Building on Broad Street was among the structures engulfed in flames during the 1916 fire. (File photo)
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Looking west on Broad Street during the fire of 1916. (File photo)
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The Confederate Monument on Broad Street is illuminated by the flames from the fire of 1916. (File photo)
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The Old Historic St Pauls Church after the fire of 1916. (File photo)
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The "Houghton" School after the fire of 1916. (File photo)
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Ruins of the Warren block and the Dyer building. (File photo)
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Damage from the 1916 fire. (File photo)
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Cotton Row looking up Reynolds Street after the fire of 1916. (File photo)
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Prisoners clear debris from the fire of 1916, under the watchful eye of an armed guard. (File photo)
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Damage from the 1916 fire. (File photo)
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Damage from the 1916 fire. (File photo)
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Damage from the 1916 fire. (File photo)
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Damage from the 1916 fire. A forest of chimneys. (File photo)
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Damage from the 1916 fire. (File photo)
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Residential district from Bay and Elbert Street. (File photo)

Description

An unattended iron in a tailor's shop was blamed for the Great Fire of March 22, 1916, the worst blaze in Augusta's history. It was an inferno that roared across 25 blocks from Eighth Street to East Boundary, a district today encompassing portions of downtown and Olde Town.

Augustans suffered $10 million in damages, including the loss of 20,000 bales of cotton estimated at $1.2 million. Some 3,000 people were left homeless. About 600 homes and commercial buildings were destroyed.

Miraculously, nobody was killed. Browse the Augusta history photos.

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