Iroquois Theatre Fire How come many people didn't escape the Iroquois Theatre Fire? By: Alicia Thao

"I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me" - Joshua Graham ✨

The Iroquois Theatre Fire in 1903 included over 600 deaths. Some bodies were identified most were not. The Iroquois Theatre Fire had many deaths caused by poor fire safety codes.

In my first source it explained : The Iroquois Theatre had a lack of a fire safety plan. This is because the Theatre was allegedly "fireproof beyond all doubt." Also workers blocked 27/30 exits so people without tickets wouldn't be able to come in ("Fire breaks out in Chicago theater." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2017).

My second source included : 600 people died from the fire. The fire started from a light that sparked a drape. Many exits were hidden by drapes which also blocked fire exits (Secter, Bob. "The Iroquois Theater fire." Chicagotribune.com. N.p., 15 Aug. 2008. Web. 28 Mar. 2017).

The third source mentioned : Employees purposely locked people up onto the balcony so they don't move seats. (Cox, Ted. "Iroquois Theater Fire Almost Forgotten, But Continues To Haunt." DNAinfo Chicago. N.p., 30 Dec. 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2017).

The Theatre had many poor safety guidelines which caused most deaths. The fire caused many fire safety codes to be introduced which still is a important part of our safety codes.

Works Cited

Cox, Ted. "Iroquois Theater Fire Almost Forgotten, But Continues To Haunt." DNAinfo Chicago. N.p., 30 Dec. 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

"Fire breaks out in Chicago theater." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

Secter, Bob. "The Iroquois Theater fire." Chicagotribune.com. N.p., 15 Aug. 2008. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

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