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  • It was growing dark and the glow of two conflagrations was the more conspicuous.
  • All the guns, without waiting for orders, were being fired in the direction of the conflagration.
  • The conflagration, at which he had looked with so much indifference the evening before, had greatly increased during the night.
  • A great number of people crowded in front of the conflagration.
  • A red glow as of a conflagration spread above the horizon from the rising full moon, and that vast red ball swayed strangely in the gray haze.
  • The French patrol was one of those sent out through the various streets of Moscow by Durosnel’s order to put a stop to the pillage, and especially to catch the incendiaries who, according to the general opinion which had that day originated among the higher French officers, were the cause of the conflagrations.
  • A town built of wood, where scarcely a day passes without conflagrations when the house owners are in residence and a police force is present, cannot help burning when its inhabitants have left it and it is occupied by soldiers who smoke pipes, make campfires of the Senate chairs in the Senate Square, and cook themselves meals twice a day.
  • The sounds of crackling and the din of falling walls and ceilings, the whistle and hiss of the flames, the excited shouts of the people, and the sight of the swaying smoke, now gathering into thick black clouds and now soaring up with glittering sparks, with here and there dense sheaves of flame (now red and now like golden fish scales creeping along the walls), and the heat and smoke and rapidity of motion, produced on Pierre the usual animating effects of a conflagration.

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  • sparked the current conflagration by releasing the report
  • To the south a monster conflagration was filling the sky, and we knew that the great ghetto was burning.
    Jack London  --  The Iron Heel

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