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Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards:: A History of Flame and Folly in the Jungle (Disaster) Paperback – February 12, 2013
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A few days before Christmas, in 1910, the Chicago fire department faced the largest single-episode loss of firemen, until 9/11. Twenty-one firemen and three packing company employees lost their lives when a wall collapsed during a fire at the stockyards.
Though my eyes glazed over a bit during the portions dealing with firefighting techniques as well as during the portions that were merely a litany of fires in the stockyards (seemingly at least a few per year), the rest of the book has plenty to recommend it.
An interesting look at early 20th century Chicago.
What I disliked about this book was the comparison with Custer. The fire chief was fighting a fire, not some Indians. Nothing was worth him expending his life and that of his men for a block of three buildings. If the meat companies cared so little about these fires, nothing was worth losing a fireman's life. I liked this book for shedding light on something I never knew about Chicago.
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Thinks have not changed. The political infighting of years ago still goes on, putting the first responders we depend upon at risk.Published on July 24, 2013 by Mary V. Welter