Our Lady of the Angels fire remembered 54 years later

December 2, 2012 (CHICAGO)

On December 1, 1958, 95 people, including 92 students and three nuns, died as a result of the fire, which remains among the worst school fires in United States history.

The fire is believed to have started in a basement stairwell. The brick structure had an interior made completely of wood, and it had no sprinklers and only a single fire escape.

The tragedy brought about sweeping changes in school building fire codes nationwide.

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