Dec 30, 2010

The Iroquois Theater Fire

December 30th marks the 107th anniversary of the Iroquois Theater disaster---a horrible, preventable inferno that claimed over 600 lives. The building was near the northeast corner of Randolph and Dearborn Streets, it was situated between the Delaware Building--which currently houses a McDonald's on the first floor--and what is now the Oriental Theater.

Coincidentally, I'm reading a very interesting book that covers the subject. Entitled Tinder Box, it describes in detail the unfortunate circumstances (and gross neglect) that led to the catastrophe, the timeline of the fire itself, and the aftermath of legal proceedings and hearings. It's highly recommended.

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