Fires!: Ten Stories that Chronicle Some of the Most Destructive Fires in Human History

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Annick Press, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 106 pages
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Ten gripping stories of the most disastrous blazes.

Fire is a powerful force, something that fills us with awe and fear.

Full of drama and desperation, the ten stories in Fires! look at some of the most destructive fires in human history: from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to the 1991 Kuwait oil well fires. At the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, firefighters entered radioactive zones to help prevent more explosions. When a theater in Vienna burst into flames in 1881, the crew and fire wardens ran for the escape routes, leaving the doomed audience trapped. Bad navigation in Halifax Harbour in 1917 resulted in one of the largest man-made explosions in history. London's 1666 fire flattened the city -- over 80 percent of it was destroyed.

Fires! forcefully conveys the blinding flames, the choking smoke, and the waves of heat that bring humans face-to-face with one of the world's mightiest natural forces.

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User Review  - wendellg - LibraryThing

very enjoyable: personal stories well-integrated into historical events and the chapters/stories hint at important issues...I found this book useful both for recommended reading and for personal enjoyment Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the author of several books for young readers, including the novel Truth and works of non-fiction like Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World. In junior high, a science project gone wrong set Tanya's bedroom on fire.

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