Fighting Fire!

Ten of the Deadliest Fires in American History and How We Fought Them (2014)
Fighting Fire!

 

This book examines ten major fires from America's history, including Boston in 1760, to Chicago in 1871, to 9/11/01, and to the San Diego wildfire of 2007.  While the author points out that every fire resulted in more laws and regulations, fire still remains a threat.  Science and technology has also improved, but "according to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to nearly 1.3 million fires in 2010.  That's one every 24 seconds.  Those fires caused $11.6 billion in damage and killed 3,125 people, not including firefighters."  The author includes extensive source notes.  The book is powerful and is recommended for 5th grade and up.

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