The Iroquois Theater Fire By: Mariah leyva

What caused the fire

The Iroquois Theater, designed by Benjamin Marshall in a Renaissance style, was highly luxurious and had been deemed reproof upon its opening in 1903. In fact, George Williams, Chicago’s building commissioner, and re inspector Ed Laughlin looked over the theater in November 1903 and declared that it was “reproof beyond all doubt.” They also noted its 30 exits, 27 of which were double doors. However, at the same time, William Clendenin, the editor of Fireproof magazine, also inspected the Iroquois and wrote a scathing editorial about its re dangers, pointing out that there was a great deal of wood trim, no re alarm and no sprinkler system over the stage.

What happened as a result of the event?

The Iroquois Theatre fire happened on December 30, 1903, in Chicago, Illinois. It was the deadliest theater fire and the deadliest single-building fire in United States history. At least 602 people died as a result of the fire, but not all the deaths were reported, as some of the bodies were removed from the scene.

The Iroquois Theater

Who was aN IMPORTANT person involved?

William Clendenin is an important person involved because he looked over the theater in November 1903 and declared that it was “reproof beyond all doubt.” He also noted its 30 exits, 27 of which were double doors.

William Clendenin

As a result, what action did they take?

However, at the same time, William Clendenin, the editor of Fireproof magazine, also inspected the Iroquois and wrote a scathing editorial about its re dangers, pointing out that there was a great deal of wood trim, no re alarm and no sprinkler system over the stage.

ConclUsion

In the aftermath of the disaster, Williams was later charged and convicted of misfeasance. Chicago’s mayor was also indicted, though the charges didn’t stick. The theater owner was convicted of manslaughter due to the poor safety provisions; the conviction was later appealed and reversed. In fact, the only person to serve any jail time in relation to this disaster was a nearby saloon owner who had robbed the dead bodies while his establishment served as a makeshift morgue following the re.

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