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Our Lady of the Angels anniversary

Excerpts from

Saturday marked 60 years since 92 students and three nuns were killed in a fire at the Our Lady of the Angels school on Chicago’s West Side when a fire broke out in the basement of the school shortly before classes were dismissed for the day.

The victims were remembered at church services and other memorials across the city. Although much time has passed since 1958, the memories and the pain are still fresh. Each year, family members of those who lost their lives, along with survivors come together at Holy Family Church to remember and honor the victims.

Survivor Serge Uccetta was only 12 years old and a student at Our Lady of Angels at the time, but he was one of the lucky ones. The building was a firetrap. As the flames and smoke spread, the second floor corridor became impassable, leaving the windows – 25 feet above the ground – as the only possible escape.

Many survivors keep the experience to themselves, still too painful to share all these years later.


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A visit to CFD Engine 85’s old house

This from Eric Haak:

For anyone who is interested, Engine 85’s old quarters at 3700 W. Huron is now a red-X building.  Don’t know if there are any plans to demolish the 114 year old building but with red-X status, plans could eventually be in the works.  Although it was occupied by a church for a while, it does not look like it has been actively used for a long time.  Engine 85 was the still engine for the Our Lady of the Angels school fire in 1958.


Chicago Fire Department history

Vacant quarters that previously housed Chicago Engine 85. Eric Haak photo

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