TINDER BOX: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903

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ISBN: 897335147

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Sadly, it took the 100th anniversary of this event to trigger any journalistic look at it beyond a cursory investigation at the time of the fire. Hatch, a former reporter with CBS News, began investigating the Iroquois disaster in 1961. He was interested in the similarities between the theatre fire More »

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ISBN: 897335147

Sadly, it took the 100th anniversary of this event to trigger any journalistic look at it beyond a cursory investigation at the time of the fire. Hatch, a former reporter with CBS News, began investigating the Iroquois disaster in 1961. He was interested in the similarities between the theatre fire and the Titanic sinking: both events that were never supposed to happen (fireproof theatre, unsinkable ship). He was able to get eyewitness details from five elderly men who were directly involved in the horror: a cub reporter for a Chicago newspaper who had covered the theater's opening night and returned 5 weeks later to report on the disaster; a firefighter who fought the blaze and later became Chicago fire commissioner; a wire service reporter called in from his beat at the stock yards; a Northwestern University student who helped carry out the living and dead; and a child who escaped by being passed, hand over hand, above the heads of fleeing adults. Hatch cautions that today, 100 years later, the same disaster could happen. Cost-cutting measures at all places of public assembly (in the building and in the staffing) leave any of them open to the same huge loss of life. He makes a strong case for individual awareness of exits.

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