In 1862, fire devastated much of Troy, New York. On May 10, 1862, a fire was started by a train steaming out of Union Station as it crossed the Hudson on the wooden Green Island Bridge. The gale force winds that were buffeting Troy that day quickly whipped up a firestorm that would claim the lives of 8 people and burn 75 acres and 650 buildings. The city was forever changed. This is an image of the aftermath of the fire, rebuilt and reconstructed from an albumen stereograph, in it is Union Station and the site of Gurley Instruments as seen from the hill where present-day RPI stands.
Read more in the New York Times, the link includes the Times edition from that day: https://www.nytimes.com/1862/05/12/archives/the-great-fire-in-troy-between-five-and-six-hundred-buildings.html