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Chicago Fire Essay

617 words - 3 pages

James mincey


Fire Protection

Mar 17, 2013

The Great Chicago FIre

The Great Chicago Fire was a horrible and disappointing day in United States history. The conflagration burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871. It killed hundreds and rampaged just over 3 miles while devastating the entire city. Though the fire was one of the largest of the 19th century, the rebuilding that began soon after made them one of the most popular cities of America.

The starting of the fire initially had everyone fooled. that a cow in a barn had kicked over a lantern, and things went a blaze.Though the barn owned by the O’Leary was the first to be taken over by the fire, the reporter came clean to exaggerating the story for sales.

The barn was the start but the wood structures within Chicago, combined with a drought was no match for this fire. The wind carried ember from the ...view middle of the document...

The size of the fire created strong winds and heat, which lit rooftops. There was a mass panic and residents ran for refuge into Lincoln Park and to Lake Michigan.The mayor put martial law into effect along with military assistance.

The attempts to stop the fire were unsuccessful, at one point the mayor called on surrounding cities for help because the fire destroyed the waterworks. With that the city's water supply was cut off, and the firefighters threw in the towel.The fire consumed neighborhood quickly because they were mostly made from dried out wood. It continued to burn for two more days, and rain came and help out the fire.

Eventually the city determined that the fire destroyed an area about four miles (6 km) long and destroying more than seventy of roads, 120 miles (190 km) of sidewalk, 2,000 lampposts, 17,500 buildings, and $222 million in property—about a third of the city's valuation. Of the 300,000 inhabitants, 100,000 were left homeless.(Preppers Reserve) After the fire, the city recovered 125 bodies. Final estimates of the fatalities ranged from 200–300, considered a small number for such a large fire. (Preppers Reserve)

In the days and weeks after the fire, monetary donations flowed in to Chicago from around the world from corporations, cities, and individuals. Coupled with donations of food, clothing, and other goods.

The religious sense at that time was that the fire was caused by people ignoring their morals. Yet the other reality of thing is i that Chicago construction of their buildings yet beautiful just wrong material. The construction walls were thin, and overweighed.

Also with brick walls and better trained emergency personnel, the damage caused and deaths would have been less severe. As a result the city revised their fire standards with help of insurance executives and fire prevention advocates. With all that talent they created a great fire fighting team.

Works Cited

"Man-Made Disasters." Preppers Reserve. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2013.

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