Great Chicago Fire (1871)

Fire prevention is focus in Balto. Co.

The Baltimore County Fire Department has planned a Fire Expo, open houses at fire stations and other events in observance of National Fire Prevention Week, which ends Oct. 9 on the anniversary of the nation's two worst fires - the Great Chicago Fire that claimed 250 lives and destroyed more than 2,000 acres and 17,400 buildings and the Peshtigo, Wis., fire that killed at least 1,000 and is the deadliest in U.S. history.

On Sunday, Middle River Station No. 12 will hold an open house, and the cadets at the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company will conduct a Fire Prevention Day at Bear Creek Elementary School.

The cadets will present to the school library a bookcase they built that...