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In 1871 a great fire killed 250 people left 90000 homeless and destroyed about 10 sq km about 4 sq mi of central Chicago On a Sunday night October 8 1871 at 137 De Koven Street in the OLeary barn The Great Fire would burn from Sunday to early Tuesday The fire was fed by lusty prairie winds cinders from a Saturday night blaze and structures even streets and sidewalks built almost entirely of wood The fire had consumed block after block of homes businesses and bodies eventually leaving 100000 people homeless There was a party at the McLaughlins to celebrate the arrival of a relative from Ireland The one-legged Sullivan stopped bye to visit his neighbors the OLearys but they were already in bed Sullivan at the party left after fifteen minutes when he spotted a barn on fire He yelled FIRE as loud as he could This barnyard fire at the OLearys house blazed and went into flames so fast that Sullivan barely had enough time to rescue the calf inside the barn Chicago had 59500 buildings including the Courthouse and the Tribune Building The fire continued with a blaze Early Tuesday the fire was put out with the help of firefighters and rainfall No one really knows for sure how the fire started or who was the blame for this The city was quickly rebuilt and continued its rapid growth Bibliography read the book The Great Fire by Jim Murphy Was a Historical Fiction
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