SHAWVILLE Sept. 28, 2017
Every year on the week within which Oct. 9 falls, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) holds Fire Prevention Week, a campaign to educate the public on being prepared in case of an emergency.
The date commemorates the Great Chicago Fire, which killed 250 people and left hundreds of thousands more homeless in 1871. While many have heard of the fire in Chicago, a far more deadly blaze occurred on the exact same date in Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns and claiming 1,152 lives.
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