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or fire storm

[fahyuh r-stawrm]
  1. an atmospheric phenomenon, caused by a large fire, in which the rising column of air above the fire draws in strong winds often accompanied by rain.
  2. a raging fire of great intensity, as one fueled by oil or gas, that spreads rapidly.
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Origin of firestorm

First recorded in 1575–85; fire + storm
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  1. an uncontrollable blaze sustained by violent winds that are drawn into the column of rising hot air over the burning area: often the result of heavy bombing
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