19th cent town fire

During the early Gold Rush years, every California town or village was vulnerable to fire, and few escaped its ravages.  San Francisco suffered six devastating fires between 1849 and 1851, Sacramento experienced two major fires before 1855, and no fewer than five significant fires swept through Marysville between 1851 and 1856. The first Marysville fire was reportedly caused by a man who left a burning candle near a pile of clothing while he napped. Desperate citizens hung wet blankets from windows and hauled barrels of water in carts, but lost three entire blocks downtown.