The Great Chicago Fire must have taken the most homes in America. The fire broke out on the eve of October 8, 1871. According to legends, the fire started when a cow knocked over a lantern at a barn. The fire destroyed 18,000 buildings and a total of $200 million worth of property, which is about $3 billion in today’s money. Between 200 and 300 people were killed and 100,000 more were left homeless. According to other estimations, the fire killed 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire lasted for over two days. It may not have been the biggest fire in American history but it certainly did the most damage.
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