Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards: A History of Flame and Folly in the Jungle

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Wade into the endless smoke of Chicago's Union Stock Yards, the site of nearly three hundred extra-alarm fires before its closure in 1971, including some of the most disastrous conflagrations of a city famous for fire. In 1910, twenty-one firemen and three civilians were killed in a blaze at a beef warehouse--the largest death toll for an organized fire department in the nation prior to 9/11. The meatpackers who ran the yards considered the constant threat of fire as part of the cost of doing business, shrugging it off with an, "It's all right, we're fully covered." For the firefighters who were forced to plunge into the flames again and again, it was an entirely different matter.
ISBN: 9781609499075
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: Disaster
Images: 29
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A retired on-air reporter for WGN-TV/ Radio, John Hogan is the author of "A Spirit Capable: The Story of Commonwealth Edison." Alex Burkholder was an investigative news producer for WGN-TV/Radio. He is a founding member of the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago.
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