Site of the Great Lake Charles Fire of 1910
On April 23rd, 1910, a particularly dry day in recent history, fire broke out outside of the Gunn Bookstore in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The resulting fire lasted several hours, burning down seven city blocks and demolishing 109 buildings. The aftermath of the fire was a trail of ruins two blocks wide and half a mile long, carried by the fierce winds that day. The fire cost the city an estimated $700,000, comparable to $18.5 million today.
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