Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards

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 abeef warehouse—the largest death toll for an organized fire department in thenation prior to 9/11. The meatpackerswho ran the yards considered the constant threat of fire as part of the cost ofdoing business, shrugging it off with an, “It’s all right, we’re fullycovered.” For the firefighters who were forced to plunge into the flames againand again, it was an entirely different matter.



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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."

Publisher: Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781609499075
1609499077
Characteristics: 158 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Burkholder, Alex A.

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