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The Great Chicago Fire, Oct. 8, 1871

On Oct. 8, 1871, a fire began in the barn behind the O'Leary cottage on De Koven Street, near 12th and Halsted streets. The Chicago Fire eventually would leave 300 Chicagoans dead, 90,000 homeless and 17,450 buildings destroyed. Damages totaled $200 million. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page
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