January 28, 1853
Fire destroyed four city blocks in Cardenas, Cuba, on January 28, 1853. A great number of stores and dwellings were burned in the flames, which lasted for three days. The post office was also burned. The loss was estimated at $1,000,000. Soldiers looted the burning homes and the ones next door. They also charged people $17 to $20 for permission to go to their own houses to save their property.