The Elizabeth Street fire
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About the Elizabeth Street fire
In the early hours of 22 November 1897, a warehouse fire in Elizabeth Street in central Melbourne spread to neighbouring buildings and swiftly devastated one of the city's most valuable business blocks. Grand buildings were reduced to rubble and embers, leaving small businesses in ruin and more than half a million pounds' worth of property damage.
Newspaper accounts in the aftermath reveal the immensity of the inferno, and share fascinating details about narrow escapes and alleged institutional incompetence in what was then 'the greatest and most disastrous fire in Victoria's history'.
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