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Oct 8, 1871 The Peshtigo & Chicago FIre The Peshtigo Fire in Peshtigo, WI was a firestorm which caused the most deaths by fire in US history, killing as many as 1,500. Occurring on the same day as the more infamous Great Chicago Fire, the Peshtigo Fire is mostly forgotten.

The Peshtigo Fire, which started in October 8, 1971, was the fire which has the most number of deaths recorded in the history of America. It’s primary cause was still unknown, but the initial conflagration started with a firestorm which burned an estimated 1.2 million acres of forest.