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  •  Thank you, Susan (10+ / 0-)

    I have a list of about 30 potential subjects for future treatment, and without looking, I'm pretty sure the Great Fire is on there.  A lot of the disasters on the list are fires, and I have to kind of watch that I don't turn this into "all fires, all time", but there were important changes to fire codes and building construction that came out of the fire.  We'll definitely get to it some time.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

    by dsteffen on Sun May 23, 2010 at 03:48:11 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, I just finished your diary on the OLA fire (8+ / 0-)

      with tears in my eyes as it brought back all of virtually the same memories of coming home from school and listening to the reports on the news.

      Someone in the comments of that diary suggested you compile this series into a book when you are done.  Sounds like a mutli-volume effort.

      BTW, when I worked for insurance companies there was a high rise fire in 1970.  Elevators in those days had just installed the heat sensitive call buttons.  They didn't last very long because that fire (I think in New York) caused the elevator to go to the fire floor with passengers aboard were they died.  They weren't supposed to work that way, but they did.

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