News of fire in San Francisco on April 18, 1906
THREATENEDBY fire City May Experience the Greatest Conflagration of Modern Times. San Francisco, Apr. 18. Practically the entire water front is on fire and if the wind comes up San Francisco will exierienee the greatest conflagration of modern times. On lower Market streets, the main thoroughfare of the city, block after block of substantial building has been destroyed. Fire is raging in all the down town districts. A brisk westerly wind is coming up and the destruction ofthe entire business district is threatened, mentarily to fall. mentarily to all. The city hall is almost a complete wreck and the damage here is estimated at $500,000. The excitement increases. Every few minutes explosions are heard, as buildings are blown up. The wildest rumors are spreading as to the loss of life. Mechanics Pavilion has been converted into an emergency hospital. The Grand opera house has suffered severe damage.