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Chicago’s 1909 “Crib Fire” which killed 50 men, may have been due to bed bugs

February 17, 2009

On January 20, 1909, fifty working men perished, after the structure they were living on caught fire. The “crib” was a wood-and-brick structure the men lived on for weeks at a time while building a brick-lined tunnel under the lake. They were paid $1-$2 a week and were mostly Irish immigrants. Historians think the fire […]

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