Debris covered charred desks in this photo of a classroom in Our Lady of the Angels School. The Dec.1, 1958, fire at school killed 92 students and three BVM teaching sisters. Remembrance services were held throughout the archdiocese the weekend of Nov. 30 to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic fire. (Catholic New World file photo)
A charred statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus stands in a fire swept room as Chicago fireman search for bodies in the debris. The Dec.1, 1958 fire at Our Lady of the Angels School killed 92 students and three BVM teaching sisters. The tragic fire led to changes in fire codes for schools and other public buildings in the archdiocese, the City of Chicago and nationwide. It also permanently changed those affected by it, as well its parish, which is now closed, the Humboldt Park neighborhood and the City of Chicago.
Photo: Catholic New World file photo