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On April 30, 1911, a fire that began in a hay building spread and consumed much of Bangor. The blaze was so large that its glow could be seen as far away as Belfast. In an attempt to extinguish the fire, buildings in its path were dynamited (which failed) and crews were called from as far away as Lewiston, Portland and even Boston, though the Boston fire crew was forced to stop in Portland to fight a different fire there. In all, the fire caused over $3 million in property damage, destroyed an estimated 285 dwellings, 100 commercial buildings, seven churches and the public library, home to the irreplaceable collection of the Bangor Historical Society. Two people died and 375 lost their homes. A significant portion of the area consumed by the fire, now home to about 48 buildings, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Great Fire of 1911 Historic District. (Sources: An Illustrated History of Bangor, Maine, James B. Vickery, editor. Bangor: Bangor Bicentennial Committee, 1976, Wikipedia, Great Fire of 1911, Wikipedia, Great Fire of 1911 Historic District)


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