WALKER, Mich., (WZZM)- This week is the anniversary of the most deadly fire in U.S. history. The Great Chicago Fire happened on October 8th, 1871. The fire burned for two days, took more than 250 lives, and left 100-thousand people homeless.
The Great Chicago fire eventually led to Fire Prevention Week for communities across the nation. This year, the focus is on kitchen fires.
The kitchen is said to be the most dangerous place in the home for fires. Phil McCormack is the Chief Fire Inspector for the city of Walker. "Whether it's somebody forgot something on the stove or they fell asleep while they were cooking."
Another common problem is grease fires. You should never throw water on one. The best solution is a fire extinguisher, baking soda, or a pan cover. Slide it right over the fire, turn the stove off, and leave it for 10-20 minutes. You can also use a cookie sheet and hold it down over the pan.
"We always advise people that if they are going to fry something, when they pull out the frying pan, also pull out the lid, even if you're not going to use it. That way you have it ready, in case of a fire", says McCormack.