Before the Fire - Salem Neighborhood, North Side of Broad Street
One of the reasons so many homes were destroyed during the fire was their close proximity to each other along the streets of Salem. This image, viewed from Flint Street, depicts a typical neighborhood in the fire district; the houses stood on the north side of Broad Street. The strong winds blew embers from burning homes onto the wooden roofs of neighboring homes, igniting the shingles, thus spreading the fire.
Broad Street (Salem, Mass.); Flame spread; Flint Street (Salem, Mass.)
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
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