By three A.M on Wall Street the supposedly fireproof Merchants' Exchange had gone up, the greeddy flames devouring even stone and iron. When the sixty-foot cupola crashed to the ground, the seven men who had been trying to rescue the life-size bronze statue of Alexander Hamilton had to jump out of the way to save their lives, and Hamilton's statue was smashed to pieces by falling chunks of marble. By four the Tontine Coffee House, three blocks to the east, was ashes as well.
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