THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
What Started The Great Chicago Fire
Cow Or Thief?
On the eighth night of October and
the year 1871 sometime around nine in the evening, a very large fire started in
Chicago Illinois killing hundreds upon hundreds of people and completely
destroying several square miles of the city. This fire was one of the largest
U.S. disasters in the nineteenth century. The fire burned for three days. This
earned it the name of the great Chicago fire.
In response to the great Chicago
fire, Chicago made advanced fire fighting a priority. For example, the great
Midwestern metropolis has sought to become fire proof. Amongst their greatest
additions are a sensor that warns fire fighters of an impending building
collapse, lighter breathing gear for the fire fighters and a computer chip that
monitors the fire fighters vital signs while they are in a burning building.
The city of Chicago fire
department did not receive word of the blaze until somewhere around nine forty
p.m. (that was nearly forty minutes after the blaze had begun.) The fire had
already spread across to many homes and then across to businesses.
Finally, on late Monday night
October tenth the fire burned out with the aid of a slight rain and diminishing
winds. Eventually it was discovered that the fire had almost completely
destroyed an area somewhere around four miles long and approximately 3/4 of a
mile wide including more than two thousand acres of land. Out of the cities
approximately three hundred thousand residents, somewhere around one hundred
thousand residents were left without a home. The death toll from this fire was
estimated to be around two to three hundred people which was considered to be a
small number for such a large fire. Few buildings withstood the fiery hot flames
of the great Chicago fire. The most well known structure to have survived this
fire was the 152 foot tall Chicago water tower built in 1869 by architect
William W. Boyington. This building was named a national land mark in the year
Although it was said that the
great Chicago fire was started by a cow kicking over a lantern in the O’Leary
shed, located at 137 Dekovan Street, researchers actually believe that it was
set off by pegleg Sullivan, which is the man that first reported the fire. The
Chicago city council decided that Mr. Sullivan had touched off the fire in the
barn while trying to steal milk for a nice batch of whisky punch.
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