Forgotten Fires of Chicago. Book


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Forgotten Fires of Chicago. The Lake Michigan Inferno and a Century of Flame. By: John F. Hogan and Alex A. Burkholder, with the foreword by Robert Hoff. Chicago’s war against flames and smoke did not end with the Great Fire of 1871. 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 operations into a raging inferno. Another raging conflagration happened during the World’s Columbian Exposition, thousands of fairgoers watched in horror as twelve firefighters were trapped in a blazing ice warehouse. And let us not forget the operagoer who left a smoking bomb under his seat at the Auditorium Theater in 1917. In 1931 the newly invented smoke ejector arrived too late to save firemen and laborers cut off in a sewer. Join John Hogan and Alex Burkholder for the history of these forgotten fires and the heroes who fight them. Softbound. Black and White Photographs. Pages 144. Book measures approximately 6 inches wide X 9 ½ inches high.