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Great Chicago Fire
The Great Chicago Fire was a large fire that started on Sunday October 8, 1871 in Chicago, Illinois. The fire started out as nine separated fires. It burned until Tuesday October 10, 1871 when rain started to fall.
The fire destroyed 3.3 square miles (8.5 square kilometers) and $192,000,000 in property. About 100,000 people were left homeless. Three hundred people died. Because of a large fire the night before, firefighters were too tired to quickly put out these fires.
Not all of the city was destroyed. Important places like the Stock Yards, where animals were slaughtered, were not damaged. Neither was the railroad system.
The second red star of the Chicago flag represents the fire.
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