The Great Chicago Fire started on Sunday October 8th 1871, in the barn of Mr. and Mrs. O’Leary. It burned for days, killed around 300 people, and left tens of thousands more homeless. The disaster cause well over $200 million in damage, which was 1/3rd of the city’s valuation. Incredible.
Now for the fun part. What currently stands on the site where the fire began?
The Chicago Fire Academy. Yeah. That’s irony, friends.