Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards: A History of Flame and by John F. Hogan,Alex A. Burkholder

By John F. Hogan,Alex A. Burkholder

Wade into the never-ending smoke of Chicago's Union inventory Yards, the location of approximately 300 extra-alarm fires prior to its closure in 1971, together with one of the most disastrous conflagrations of a urban well-known for fireplace. In 1910, twenty-one firemen and 3 civilians have been killed in a blaze at a pork warehouse--the biggest dying toll for an prepared hearth division within the country ahead of Sep 11. The meatpackers who ran the yards thought of the consistent possibility of fireside as a part of the price of doing company, shrugging it off with an, "It's o.k., we are absolutely covered." For the firefighters who have been pressured to plunge into the flames many times, it was once a completely diverse matter.

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