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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness in the Fair That Changed America - Part 3, Storm and Fire Summary & Analysis

Erik Larson
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Part 3, Storm and Fire Summary

Attendance was still lacking and Burnham was focusing on finding ways to get more people to the Exposition. He got his wish but at an extremely high cost.

The first incident was a windstorm on the verge of becoming a tornado. The Ferris Wheel was full of people when the storm hit. However, it was later reported that they were safe. The wind did nothing but cause mild vibrations. It continued to work as normal.

The second incident did not have such a happy ending. Another fire broke out in the same building as before. However, this time it was much worse. Sixteen people died from an explosion and fire within the building. The coroner requested an investigation. Burnham, the Fire Marshal and two construction companies were charged with criminal negligence. Burnham had no authority over the...

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