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08/10/1871 Great Chicago Fire erupts

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The Chicago Fire of 1871: Disaster & Destruction in the Windy City | History

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Lessons from History: The Chicago Fire of 1871

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Was the Great Chicago Fire Really Started by a Cow?

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Weather History: The Great Chicago Fire 1871

The Great Chicago Fire broke out at around 9 PM, around a small barn belonging to the O’Leary family. Wood being predominant building material aided to spread the fire. The wind became superheated, which led to other structures catching on fire. In estimate, 300 people died and more than 100,000 were left homeless.
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