|San Francisco City Hall Dome Fire
San Francisco, CA
February 16, 1951
On February 16, 1951, a workman's blow torch set fire to the Sab Francisco City Hall Dome. The fire burned for more than an hour, sending billows of smoke into the sky that were visible from much of San Francisco. Firefighters had difficulty reaching the blaze, because it was in woodwork between the inner and outer domes. The damage was estimated at $10,000.