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Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Our Lady of the Angels School Fire (1958)

Shortly before classes were dismissed on December 1, 1958, a fire broke out at the foot of a stairway in the Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago, Illinois. A total of 92 students and 3 nuns died and another 100 were seriously injured when smoke, heat, and fire cut off their normal means of escape. Many perished jumping from second-floor windows. The tragedy dominated headlines and led to nationwide changes to school fire safety regulations. How is the fire thought to have started? More...
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Such horrific disasters with heavy loss of life make people sceptical towards the existence of God. If God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, why should such disaster happen, especially in a religious school entitled School of Our Lady of the Saints? Some unduly religious people tend to state that such disasters happen because the victims allegedly deserved punishment for their ''sins'' (you know, we are all ''sinners'', as they believe). Such 'explanations' make God look like a kind of a modern terrorist, similar to those who shoot civilians in cafes and theatres, blow up buildings, hijack planes and so on. It would be better to assume that their God is weak and unable to do anything, or that he simply does not care.
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Was It Arson?
Although the cause has never been officially determined, all indications point to arson. A boy (age 10 at the time, and a fifth grader in room 206) later confessed to setting the blaze, but subsequently recanted his confession. He was more afraid of confessing to his mother and step-father than to the police.
The boy confessed to setting numerous other fires in the neighborhood, mostly in apartment buildings. In his confession, he related details of the fire's origin that had not been made public and that he should therefore not have known. While there was strong evidence that he was indeed the culprit, neither he nor anyone else was ever prosecuted, at least in part because the catholic judge in the case felt he should protect the Church.

Officially, the cause of the fire remains unknown.
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