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What were the effects of the Great Chicago Fire?

Last Updated: 17th March, 2020

For more than 24 hours, the fire burned through the heart of Chicago, killing 300 people and leaving one-third of the city's population homeless. The "Great Rebuilding" was the effort to construct a new, urban center. Big businesses, innovative buildings, and a new style of architecture were the results.

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Thereof, what were the causes and effects of the Great Chicago Fire?

In October 1871, dry weather and an abundance of wooden buildings, streets and sidewalks made Chicago vulnerable to fire. Legend holds that the blaze started when the family's cow knocked over a lighted lantern; however, Catherine O'Leary denied this charge, and the true cause of the fire has never been determined.

Also, how long did it take to rebuild Chicago after the fire? By one year after the Fire over eight miles of building frontage had been rebuilt.

Also question is, what happened after the Chicago fire?

A short time after the fire jumped the river, a burning piece of timber lodged on the roof of the city's waterworks. Within minutes, the interior of the building was engulfed in flames and the building was destroyed. With it, the city's water mains went dry and the city was helpless.

What ended the Great Chicago Fire?

October 8, 1871 – October 10, 1871

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