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This Day in Georgia History

March 22, 1916

Augusta Fire

A major fire destroyed 32 city blocks in downtown Augusta, resulting in over $6 million in losses. Included in the 118 burned acres was the loss of 600 homes, six blocks of businesses, and 3,000 people left homeless. Remarkably, while there were numerous injuries, no one died as a result of the fire. Though many of the buildings eventually were replaced by new structures, many Augustans who lost their residences to the fire did not return – instead relocating to the area known as the Hill.