Our Lady of the Angels fire remembered 54 years later
December 2, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Saturday marked the 54th anniversary of the fire that burned down Our Lady of the Angels Catholic school.
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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