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Fire Strikes the Chicago Stockyards

Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM (CDT)

Aurora, IL

Fire Strikes the Chicago Stockyards

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Wade into the endless smoke of Chicago’s Union Stock Yards, the site of nearly three hundred extra-alarm fires before its closure in 1971, including some of the most disastrous conflagrations of a city famous for fire. In 1910, twenty-one firemen and three civilians were killed in a blaze at a beef warehouse—the largest death toll for an organized fire department in the nation prior to 9/11. The meatpackers who ran the yards considered the constant threat of fire as part of the cost of doing business, shrugging it off with an, “It’s all right, we’re fully covered.” For the firefighters who were forced to plunge into the flames again and again, it was an entirely different matter.

This program will be presented by John Hogan and Alex Burkholder, veteran Chicago newsmen and authors of the new book "Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards." Following the program, books will be avalable for purchase and signing. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00. This event is FREE - but seating is limited, and reservations are requested. Register now to reserve your spot.



The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located at the corner of New York and Broadway (Rt 25). Free parking is located behind the museum building accessible from N. LaSalle Street. For more information see:


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Aurora Regional Fire Museum
53 N Broadway St
Aurora, IL 60505

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM (CDT)

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Aurora Regional Fire Museum

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)3 educational museum whose purpose is to preserve and exhibit the artifacts and history of firefighter in Aurora and the surrounding area, as well as teach and promote fire safety and prevention,

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