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Plans under way to remember 1916 Augusta fire

11:40 AM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- A group of residents in Augusta is beginning to discuss how to commemorate the upcoming centennial of one of the city's most devastating events.

The Augusta Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/YpS8tg) that March 2016 will mark 100 years since 25 blocks of residential and commercial buildings went up in flames.

An unattended iron in a tailor shop sparked the blaze that swept through downtown Augusta on a gusty night in March 1916. What had been the business district and more affluent section of town was reduced to a forest of chimneys and charred rubble. About 3,000 people were left homeless and damages totaled more than $10 million. No one was killed.

Now, 100 years later, a group of residents met this week to begin planning for the centennial.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle

http://www.augustachronicle.com

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