Martín Navarro, the Intendant in New Orleans, wrote to Fernando José Mangino, Superintendent of the Casa de Moneda in Mexico, regarding the fire of 1788 March 21. The fire had started about 1:30 P.M. in the center of town. A strong south wind fanned the flames and spread the fire so rapidly that in less than four hours three-fourths of the buildings lay in ashes. Fortunately, no lives were lost and all the goods from the Royal Warehouse were saved. Navarro was rationing out foodstuffs and alms from the Royal Warehouse and Treasury to the hapless victims. Supplies were low, however, particularly flour, and Navarro had had to use money from the Treasury to hire ship captains to procure food. The depleted condition of the Treasury and the misgivings about an attack by Americans increased the need for quick monetary assistance from the Treasury in Mexico, and thus Navarro repeated the request made in his letter of February 28 [q.v.] for a prompt remittance of the Province's entire support allotment.