Charleston Is Burning! – Two Centuries of Fire and Flames. By: Daniel J. Crooks, Jr. From the days of the ‘bucket brigades’ and private volunteer companies, Charleston has seen more than its fair share of conflagrations. A carelessly overturned candle could ignite a blaze that would consume hundreds of Charleston’s closely built wooden structures in just a few hours. In the aftermath is a city in ruins. Join Charleston native and local historian, Danny Crooks, as he relates the story of Charleston’s many historic fires and firefighting efforts , as early as 1698, through the horrors of the Great Fire of 1861 and the establishment of the Charleston Fire Department in the 1880’s. B& White Photos. Softbound;. Pgs. 128. Book measures approximately 6″ wide X 9″ high.