Portland’s Greatest Conflagration – The 1866 Fire Disaster. By: Michael Daicy and Don Whitney. On the 4th of July in 1866, joy turned to tragedy in Portland, Maine. A boy threw a firecracker onto a pile of wood shavings and it erupted into a blaze, while residents were preparing to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the American independence. The violent conflagration killed two people and destroyed all structures on thirty streets. The authors, Daicy and Whitney, both firefighters, chronicle the day’s catastrophic events as well as the bravery of those who fought the ferocious fire, dispelling the myth that ill-trained firefighting contributed to the devastation. Softbound. B&W Photos. Pgs.143. Book measures approximately 6″ wide X 9″ high.