Fire consumes a wooden structure just feet from the brick Pierce Building.

Material Information

Fire consumes a wooden structure just feet from the brick Pierce Building.
Tony Pizzo Collection ( Contributor )
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Physical Description:
1 photograph ( 12 x 20 cm )


Subjects / Keywords:
Print, Photographic ( Documentary Artifact, Communication Artifact ) ( nmc )
Fire ( lctgm )
Ybor City Fire of 1908 ( lctgm )
Disasters ( lctgm )
Pierce Building (built 1894) ( lctgm )
Spatial Coverage:
Tampa |z 1271000 |2 ceeus
Hillsborough County |z 12057 |2 ceeus
United States of America -- Florida -- Hillsborough County -- Tampa


General Note:
A massive fire in 1908 was ""the worst of the worst,'' Ybor City took the blow ' with 18' blocks leveled on Sunday, March 1. Losses exceeded $1 million, and 171 homes burned, along with 42 business buildings and five cigar factories. Half of the losses were covered by insurance. When neighbors saw the fire approaching, they piled their furniture and possessions into the streets, hoping to save them. ""But the flames jumped from the houses to the furniture, and with a hefty wind it spread the fire that much more,'' Firefighters were hampered by low water pressure from Tampa Waterworks. The problem became an issue in the aftermath, with critics questioning whether the private utility favored its other customers at the expense of Ybor City.
Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Ephemeral Cities Project.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida
Holding Location:
University of South Florida, Tampa FLorida, Special Collection
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