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On This Day… The Great Chicago Fire

Written by: George Chittenden : 08 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 10th Oct, back in 1871 when the Great Chicago Fire was finally extinguished, after destroying roughly 3.3 square miles of the city, killing 300 people and leaving more than 100,000 homeless. The fire started on October 8th and due to dry weather and an abundance of wooden buildings the fire quickly spread out of control, eventually causing an estimated $200 million in damages.

The city burns

The city burns

So, what started the fire? Well nobody really knows for sure. According to local legend it was a cow that kicked over a lantern in a barn, but other theories exist, including that it was started when a meteor touched down on Earth. We do know that it prompted an outbreak of looting and lawlessness, which resulted in martial law being declared on October 11th, and it lasted several weeks.

The devestation the fire caused

The devestation the fire caused

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