SPECIAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY
On Dec. 1, 1958, a Fire Consumed Our Lady of the Angels Grade School on the West Side of Chicago, Killing 92 Children and Three Nuns, My LORD I Know in My Heart, They All Bask in Your Loving Comfort, Thank You LORD, With Love Your Faithful Disciple in Progress, Ram^I^
Firefighters hurry down a ladder with a child. Intense heat and thick smoke forced children to the windows. (Chicago American photo by Steve Lasker / December 1, 1958)
ANGELS OF FIRE MEMORIAL CD
Artistic Producer - Michael Mason
Project Producer - Bill Batzkall
Project Coordinator - Pamela Ryan Orlando
They lived through the horrific fire at Chicago's Our Lady of the Angels School on Dec. 1, 1958. It killed 92 children and three nuns, and put a knife through the heart of Chicago's Italian-American community. The blaze destroyed families and marriages and brought silence to a West Side neighborhood of Italian lemonade stands and pizzerias. Every block seemed to have lost a child--or two or three.
It changed fire drills and safety codes throughout the country.
Today the Internet is linking survivors and others affected by the fire. A book and documentary also have helped them reconnect.
The olafire.com Web site, created by Colorado resident Eric Morgan, has become a bulletin board that has allowed survivors to vent about their physical and mental scars from the blaze at the school at Avers and Iowa.
Morgan unveiled a message board in February, the day before WTTW-TV mentioned the Web site during the airing of the fire documentary "Angels Too Soon."
Michael Mason, Himself is a Survivor of Our Lady of the Angels School Fire