1815, The Most Disastrous Fire in Petersburg’s History

The city of Petersburg has endured numerous, devastating fires over its history. The 1784 town charter allowed the city to purchase firefighting equipment, which was indicative of recurrent fires during the 18th century. In 1788, the oldest fire company in Petersburg, the Old Street Fire Company, was formed. The most destructive fire in Petersburg history occurred on the night of July 16, 1815. >Read More