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The Fire started on Oct 8, 1871; It is believed it was stared by a cow kicking over a lantern. Other theories include a bonfire gone wrong, and a meteorite collision.
The fire quickly spread from the O'Leary farm and made its way into the city. Ironically today, the Chicago Fire House is located on the O'Leary Property.
The Great Chicago Fire was responsible for the death of 300 people, leaving 100,000 residents homeless, and destroying 17,00 structures.
In addition to the damage, the flames also brought on a mass outpouring of thief's and robbers. The violent outbreak was so bad, Chicago was placed under martial law.
After two long days of burning, the city was terribly damaged, many of the main buildings and infrastructure remained intact; Public transportation was barley harmed. However, rebuilding the city would take 9 long years
Chicago used the rebuild as a chance to become a major economic city. With the help of architects Chicago transformed into the modern city we know today. The rebuild was successful in doubling Chicagos population
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