Our Lady of the Angels Fire
The Our Lady of the Angels School Fire broke out shortly before classes were to be dismissed on December 1, 1958, in the basement at the foot of a stairway in the Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago, Illinois. The elementary school was operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. A total of 92 pupils and 3 nuns eventually lost their lives when smoke, heat, fire, and toxic gasses cut off their normal means of escape through corridors and stairways. Many more were injured when they jumped from second-floor windows (which, because the building had an "English basement" were nearly as high as a third floor would be on level ground).
The disaster was the lead headline story in American, Canadian, and European newspapers. Pope John XXIII sent his condolences from the Vatican in Rome. The severity of the fire shocked the nation and surprised educational administrators of both public and private schools. The disaster led to major improvements in standards for school design and fire safety codes.
The fire has been chronicled in two books and an Emmy-winning television documentary, Angels Too Soon, produced by WTTW Channel 11 Chicago. The History Channel also featured the disaster in the television documentary Hellfire, which was an episode in the cable network's "Wrath of God" series.

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Angels Too Soon - WTTW
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Dec 1, 2008 ... On December 1, 1958, the Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago, Illinois, was destroyed by fire.
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Our Lady of the Angels: A historical perspective on school fires
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Organizing for Fire and Rescue Services
Organizing for Fire and Rescue Services
Arthur E. Cote, 2003
Since NFPA was founded in 1 896, NFPA's fire incident records show a total of nine school fires in which at least 10 ... If so. that belief proved illusory when the 1958 Our Lady of the Angels School fire occurred in Chicago, Illinois, killing 95 ...
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
John Kuenster, 2008
Remembrances of the Angels is a heartbreaking, sobering reflection on life and loss, faith and hope. Even fifty years after the disaster, we remain in shock and pain at the terrible loss of life at Our Lady of the Angels. Each reflection in this book gives the reader a fresh piece of truth. Anguished parents and young school-age victims of the blaz...
Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City
Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City
Ursula Bielski, 1998
The new parish school of Our Lady of the Angels is not "new" anymore. ... To say that the fire touched many more than those 95 who died is to understate the profound impact of the event; to say that the city still feels its impact is to state the  ...
To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire
To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire
David Cowan and John Kuenster, 1998
On December 1, 1958, a fire at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago killed 92 pupils, most between the ages of nine and 12, and three nuns. This deeply affecting account of that tragedy by two Illinois journalists recreates the horror that destroyed a school and parish. The causes of the tragedy were manifold: outdated fire laws that permitted ...
The Chicago Way
The Chicago Way
Don Herion, 2010
The boy was ten years old at the time of the school fire; therefore he was immune from prosecution. ... He also indicated that he was going to file a second petition charging the boy with the Our Lady of the Angels Fire, even though he knew the ...
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Minestrone for the Mobster's Soul: Life Lessons from the Movie Mafia
Bob Ociepka and Bruno Ociepka, 2008
14 Life Lessons gathered from growing up on the west Side of Chicago in the 60's and 70's, utilizing Mob and Mafia movies. This is a self-help book for mob wannabes who can gather valuable insights into applying concepts such as loyalty, honor, respect and the law of omerta into their daily lives. Each chapter features a story followed by...
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Third Sunday of Advent Our Lady of Angels School Fire (1958) Chicago, Illinois December 11, 1994 At first, today's readings may seem somewhat inappropriate for this occasion, especially the exuberant ones from the prophet Zephaniah and  ...
The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy
The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy
Stewart O'Nan, 2001
As some 9,000 people watched the Wallendas begin their high-wire act on July 6, 1944, a fire started on the sidewall of the big top at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of 6,000 gallons of white gasoline and 18,000 pounds of paraffin; common practice for circuses at the time. In minu...
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Egress Design Solutions: A Guide to Evacuation and Crowd ...
Jeffrey Tubbs, Brian Meacham, 2007
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The Fire That Will Not Die
The Fire That Will Not Die
Michele McBride, 2004
A very moving and terrifying account by a survivor of the 1958 Our Lady of the Angels School fire in Chicago which killed 92 children and three Roman Catholic nuns. It's an inspiring story of courage and recovery.
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Dozens Gather to Remember 1958 Parish School Fire
About 150 people attended a special Mass in Chicago to mark the 55th anniversary of a school fire that killed 95 people. Survivors and relatives of people
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Historical Chicago Fires: Our Lady of the Angels school - NFPA Conference & Expo
A Chicago fireman climbs a ladder to one of the second floor classrooms. (Photo courtesy www.olafire.com) Aside from the Great Chicago Fire, there have been other significant (in terms of loss and safety code issues) fires in the Windy City...
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Only old lessons that tragically went unheeded - the practical fireman
It was nearly dismissal time for the local parish school in a Chicago neighborhood. But a fire would interrupt the orderly schedule of the Catholic school and alter the lives of the students and teachers forever. The date was December 1, 1958. In the basement of Our Lady of the Angels School, by the open stairwell, a fire began sometime between 2:00 and 2:20 p.m. In quick time, the fire would grow causing heat and deadly smoke to rise upward through the stairwell, down the hallways, and into the classrooms. Our Lady of the Angels School Fire In just about...
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