The Dublin Whiskey Fire of 1875

On June 18, 1875, a fire broke out on Chamber Street in the Liberties neighborhood of Dublin, Ireland. The exact cause of the fire remains unknown, but the first building to catch fire was the Laurence Malone's bonded storehouse, where 5,000 barrels (amounting to more than one million liters) of whiskey and other spirits were being stored.

The fire spread quickly, and as the flames reached the wooden casks holding the liquor, they burst open, sending a burning river of whiskey flowing through the narrow streets. The blazing booze caught fire to everything it touched.

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Dublin Whiskey Fire 1875.

The Dublin Whiskey Fire as depicted by The Illustrated London News.


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