In this image crowds gather to watch the fire on Front Street (later First Avenue) at Union Street on June 6, 1889.
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In this image crowds gather to watch the fire on Front Street (later First Avenue) at Union Street on June 6, 1889.

130 years ago, the Great Seattle Fire changed the city forever

Kim Malcolm talks with MOHAI's Leonard Garfield about the Great Seattle Fire of 1889.

On June 6, 1889, a massive fire raged through Seattle. It spread across 100 acres, and destroyed much of Seattle's business district and waterfront. Miraculously, no one died.

Garfield is executive director of MOHAI -- Seattle's Museum of History and Industry.

Listen to the interview by clicking the play button above.