Our Lady of Angels School Fire Victims A Virtual Cemetery created by: Scout Finch
Description: On December 1, 1958, a fire broke out in the basement of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School in Chicago, Illinois. This was the educational home to around 1,600 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The suspicious fire started in a cardboard barrel in the basement of the school around 2:15 pm. By 2:30 the fire had quickly spread throughout the school, trapping those in the second floor classrooms. Eighty-seven children and three nuns/teachers died in the fire. Three more critically injured children died before Christmas followed by two more in 1959, the last one on August 9, 1959. Ninety-five died total, 92 students and three nuns. A student confessed, but retracted his confession in court, to this day, no true cause or person responsible has ever been officially declared in this monumental tragedy.