The story goes that a woman was milking her cow by the light from a little lamp of oil. The cow kicked over the lamp. The flame kindled a wisp of hay, and another wisp, and another, until all the hay in the stable was alight and it burned the whole stable. Soon the next building was on fire, and the next, and the next . . . and so started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
(Historians agree that the Chicago Fire did indeed start in the small barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, that bordered the alley behind 137 DeKoven Street on Sunday evening, October 8, 1871, but there is no evidence that a cow kicked over an oil lamp)
There is no doubt of the damage caused. Soon the fire had spread to neighbouring houses and sheds. Superheated winds drove flaming brands northeastward. As the fire raged through the central business district, it destroyed hotels, department stores, Chicago’s City Hall, the opera house and theatres, churches and printing plants. The fire continued spreading northward, driving fleeing residents across bridges on the Chicago River. There was mass panic as the blaze jumped the river’s main stem and continued burning through homes and mansions on the city’s north side.
This is not just a good history lesson on the Great Chicago fire. In this article on Christian Blessings, Angela speaks of another fire, a fire within us placed there by God.
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