Biggest Fires in History
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World history is rife with stories and lore that blame great fires for the destruction of vast areas or entire cities. From the great fire that sacked Rome in 64 B.C. to the fires that raged through the Australian landscape in 2002, fire remains one of man's most difficult battles.
Here are some of the most famous fires that occurred in the last few centuries:
The Great Chicago
This fire killed 300 people and destroyed more than 17,000 structures - over 2000 acres in 27 hours. The origin of the fire is uncertain, though popular legend attributes its origin to a woman named Mrs. O'Leary. Mrs. O'Leary was milking her cow at the start of the fire.
Legend has it that a farm animal kicked over her lamp, setting the barn on fire and starting the spread of one of the biggest fires in history. The fire destroyed the entire downtown core of Chicago and most of its North side.
The history of National Fire Prevention Week has it roots in the Great Chicago Fire. On the fire's 40th anniversary, the Fire Marshals Association of North America decided to commemorate it with something that would keep the public aware of the dangers of fire and the importance of fire prevention.
The Great Fire
London was also a city largely built of wood, another kindling waiting to burn. When the city was rebuilt, builders used brick and stone to prevent a disaster of such proportions from ever happening again.
A Tribute to Firefighters - The men and women, who risk their lives daily to keep our homes and communities safe from the damaging and potentially fatal effects of fire, deserve a special tribute. Firefighters are often overworked and underappreciated, yet instead of complaining, more often than not, they tell you how much they love their job. Do we realize how conscientious and dedicated these public servants are to their communities?