At the turn of the 20th century most Norwegian towns were built of wood. This often led to fires, some of which still break out today. One of the most devastating fires in Norway took place in Alesund in 1904. On a stormy January night fire broke out in a factory, before spreading across the city and destroying much of the town. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, a frequent visitor to the town, quickly sent money and aid to assist with the reconstruction. As a result of this, today Alesund is known as one of the most complete towns built in the “Art Nouveau” style, examples of which can also be seen in Brussels and Barcelona.