Forgotten Fires of Chicago: The Lake Michigan Inferno and a Century of Flame

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Chicago's war against cinder, flame and smoke did not end with the Great Fire of 1871. That conflagration was only one engagement in a ceaseless and often unrecognized conflict, fought in the most unlikely places. In 1909, fire ripped through the dynamite room of a staging facility one and a half miles off the Lake Michigan shoreline, transforming the pipe-laying operation into a raging inferno. During the World's Columbian Exposition, thousands of fairgoers watched in horror as twelve firefighters were trapped in a blazing ice warehouse. An operagoer left a smoking bomb under his seat at the Auditorium Theater in 1917, and the newly invented smoke ejector arrived too late to save firemen and laborers cut off in a sewer in 1931. Join John Hogan and Alex Burkholder for the history of these forgotten fires and the heroes who fight them.
ISBN: 9781626197473
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: Disaster
Images: 35
Pages: 144
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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