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The Our Lady of the Angels School Fire, and Firefighter Heroism

Jan Peczkis "Scholar and Thinker"
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.
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More than 53 years have now passed since this tragic fire, but the memory lives on...
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Great Chicago Fires: Historic Blazes That Shaped a City (Illinois)
Great Chicago Fires: Historic Blazes That Shaped a City (Illinois)
"The Our Lady of the Angels School Fire in the context of other fires that have shaped Chicago's history."
Aerial Fire Trucks
Aerial Fire Trucks
"This Chicago-centered picture-filled book on mobile firefighting equipment includes a description of how the Pitman Snorkel had been used to fight the OLA School Fire."
The Greatest Firefighter Stories Never Told
The Greatest Firefighter Stories Never Told
"Includes a fairly detailed chapter on the OLA School Fire. Focuses on the heroic actions of firefighters Charles Kamin and Richard Scheidt."
To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire
To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire
"A detailed account of the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire and its aftermath."
The Fire That Will Not Die
The Fire That Will Not Die
"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."
Remembrances of the Angels: 50th Anniversary Reminiscences of the Fire No One Can Forget
Remembrances of the Angels: 50th Anniversary Reminiscences of the Fire No One Can Forget
"Over fifty years (1958-2008) have now passed since the OLA fire. What are those involved in it doing now, and what do they recall most about this tragic event?"
Angels Too Soon: The 1958 Fire at Our Lady of the Angels School
Angels Too Soon: The 1958 Fire at Our Lady of the Angels School
"A documentary, shown innumerable times on public television, on the course of the OLA fire, recollections of those who experienced it, and its aftermath."
Angels Too Soon
Angels Too Soon
"A laser-disc version of the preceding item."
The Chicago School Fire
The Chicago School Fire
"Written a month after the OLA Fire, this pamphlet provides a good technical summary of the course of the fire."
Asbestos and Fire: Technological Tradeoffs and the Body at Risk
Asbestos and Fire: Technological Tradeoffs and the Body at Risk
"The author identifies combustible ceiling tiles as an unappreciated factor in the deadliness of the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire."
Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries  (IL) (Images of America)
Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries (IL) (Images of America)
"59 of the 95 victims of the OLA School Fire are buried in these two cemeteries. This book also contains numerous photos of the funerals of the victims."
Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City
Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City
"The OLA Fire has its share of paranormal phenomena. This book has a chapter on these."
Blaze: The Forensics of Fire
Blaze: The Forensics of Fire
"This book does not mention the Our Lady of the Angels Fire. But it provides the reader good background for understanding why indoor fires can spread much more rapidly than most people realize."