Sibley fire

The Sibley fire was a 1904 fire in Rochester, New York.

The worst conflagration in the city's history at the time, the fire broke out shortly before 5 o'clock on February 26, 1904 in the basement of the Rochester Dry Goods company's store at 1516 Main street. Hampered by bitter cold, the fire burned for 40 hours, engulfing the north side of East Main Street, spanning from St. Paul Street to just short of Clinton Avenue.[1] When finally put out, the fire had leveled between 1.5 and 1.75 acres (0.61 and 0.71 ha) and caused significant damage to the Sibley's department store (hence becoming popularly known as the "Sibley fire"). The estimated loss was about $3,000,000[2] (equivalent to over $73,000,000 in 2016 when adjusted for inflation).

The fire was reported to have been started by an uninsulated overloaded electrical fuse at the Rochester Dry Goods Company. [3]


  1. ^ Ludwig 2015
  2. ^ Governale 2011
  3. ^ Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Feb. 26, 1904, p. 1


  • Ludwig, Jeff (March 3, 2015). "Retrofitting Rochester: Sibley fire". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York: Gannett Company. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  • Governale, Mike (February 26, 2011). "Today, February 26, in Rochester History: Rochester Swept by Great Fire". Rochester, New York. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  • "Rochester, NY Fire Sweeps Downtown, Feb 1904". Ogden Standard. via February 26, 1904. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

Coordinates: 43°09′38″N 77°34′16″W / 43.160429°N 77.571096°W / 43.160429; -77.571096