Charleston is Burning!: Two Centuries of Fire and Flames

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From the days of "bucket brigades" and private volunteer companies--such as the Phoenix, the Axemen and the Eagle--Charleston has seen more than its fair share of conflagrations. A carelessly overturned candle could ignite a blaze that would consume hundreds of Charleston's closely built wooden structures within just a few hours, leaving large swaths of the city in ruins. Join Charleston native and local historian Danny Crooks as he relates the story of Charleston's many historic fires and firefighting efforts, starting as early as 1698 and continuing through the horrors of the Great Fire of 1861 and the establishment of the Charleston Fire Department in the 1880s.
ISBN: 9781596296350
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Images: 33
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Daniel J. Crooks Jr. is a retired law enforcement and criminal justice instructor at Trident Technical College as well as a retired adjunct professor of sociology at the College of Charleston. He currently works as a Charleston tour guide for the Carriage Company and enjoys a second career as a writer and historian.
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