The Portland Press Herald spent several months researching the Great Fire of 1866 and its impact on the lives of Portlanders today. Reporters and researchers read eyewitness statements about the disaster, news articles of the day and historical accounts. They interviewed historians, fire experts and descendants of people who fought and survived the fire 150 years ago, and they compiled historical photos and images that help convey the scale of the devastation. Special thanks to Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth, who contributed much time and knowledge.

Shamus Alley was the digital designer and developer.
Lead writer Randy Billings and reporter Kelley Bouchard researched and wrote the stories.
Julia McCue was the web researcher and producer.
Derek Davis was the lead photographer and Michele McDonald was the photo editor.
John Richardson was the news editor and Karen Beaudoin was the web editor.