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School fire marks 55th anniversary; Our Lady of the Angels blaze killed 95 in 1958

Monday, December 02, 2013
Sunday marks the 55th anniversary of the fire that burned down Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School.

Sunday marks the 55th anniversary of the fire that burned down Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School.

Sunday marked the 55th 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 in that fire.

To this day, it's still among the worst school fires in United States history.

Investigators believe the fire started in a basement stairwell.

The brick structure was made of wood on the inside.

It had no sprinklers and only one fire escape.

The tragedy led to sweeping changes in school building fire codes nationwide.

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