The list author says: "Our Lady of the Angels School (OLA). Firefighters were aghast at what they saw on their arrival on December 1, 1958. A fast-growing fire (probably arson) was raging out of control, and children were jumping out of windows. The fire claimed the lives of 92 children and 3 teachers at OLA (Our Lady of the Angels School). But thanks to the heroism of the firefighters, 150-200 other children were pulled out of the windows and out of the jaws of certain death. One firefighter was so upset by the experience of removing the bodies of children that he almost quit the force. There were sweeping changes in fire safety and fire prevention methods. The OLA Fire left an indelible mark on Chicago's history. . More than 53 years have now passed since this tragic fire, but the memory lives on... ."
"Testimony of a then 8th-grade girl who was burned by the fire, but survived. For the rest of her life, she had to cope with painful treatments for her burns, and the ungracious stares and comments of thoughtless people. Finally, her body could not handle it any more, and she died several years ago."