|Scene at a fire, 1730, New York City Fire Department|
1608 - Fire devestates the Colony at Jamestown, Va, destroying most of the colonists lodgings and provisions.
1613 - Fire destroys 'The Tiger' the remaining ship of Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam, leaving them isolated for a year until they could construct a new ship.
1623 - Fire sweeps through the town of Plymoth, Massachusets three years after settlement, destroying nearly all provisions and at least seven dwellings.
1628 - First dwelling fire on the island that is to become Manhattan, Governor Peter Stuyvesant establishes the first fire prevention and building code and ultimately the first volunteer fire department.
1638 - The first law relating to arson enacted in Maryland.
1653 - First fire deaths recorded in Boston.
1676 and 1679 - Fires destroy major portions of Boston.
1700, 1740 and 1778 - Charleston, South Carolina nearly wiped out by fire.
1770 - Boston Massacre begins with the ringing of a fire bell.
1775 - Fire is used in Revoloutionary Tea Parties in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.
1775 - British set fire to 400 dwellings in Charlestown before marching on Bunker Hill.
1776 - Residents of New York enrage the British by starting and aid in a conflagration that destroyes more than 400 dwellings.
1787 - Fires sweep through a large portion of Richmond, Virginia.
1798 - General Assembly of Kentucky enacts a law allowing formation of five fire companies in Louisville.
|300th Anniversary Stamp Honoring Volunteer Firemen, USPS|