The first car accident in North America
It was a Saturday night in New York City, and a car that had been sitting at the corner of 42nd Street and Broadway was on fire.
It was one of more than 200 fires across the country that started in mid-August, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
The fires caused more than $8 billion in property damage, but also forced a shutdown of New York’s subway system, forcing thousands of commuters to commute to their jobs in other cities.
The fires took out an entire building at the Chrysler building at 44th Street and Eighth Avenue, a luxury high-end condominium at Fifth Avenue and Grand Concourse, a condominium building at 53rd Street and Third Avenue, and several apartment buildings at 53th Street, 52nd Street, 54th Street to 56th Street.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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