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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.