Daniel J. Pesu
The motif of the painting is the start of a fire in 1903, in the yard of Kokko Vilska and family. Artist Pesu painted this work based on his own recollections.
In the night of 8 February 1903, fire advanced quickly in the old wooden houses of Sortavala. The fire wiped out practically the entire "old Sortavala" area of wooden houses and the town's telephone centre. As a result of the disaster, the town's fire department were acquired up-to-date equipment and the town plan was reformed for the destroyed areas.