Today marks the beginning of National Fire Prevention Week. The event commemorates the anniversary of two of the most devastating fires in United States history, the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire, and creates awareness of fire safety. Both fires began around 9:00 p.m. on October 8, 1871 and continued through the next day. President Calvin Coolidge signed the proclomation establishing the national observance (beginning on the first Sunday in October and ending the following Saturday) in 1925.
The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871
National Fire Protection Association