In the touristic sign boards in Motomachi area, you can find many descriptions "it caught fires", but it revived every time.
In Hakodate, there are many historical fire-proofed buildings in western district, where it have been the center of the city. Higashi-honganji Temple, for example, is the first concrete reinforced temple in Japan and churchhes around there were suffered fires a few times and reconstructed early 1900. You can see brick buildings and they were also built against fires.
Today countermeasures against fires function very well and we haven't experienced big fires since the worst fire in 1934.
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