Special Report

20 Most Catastrophic Fires and Explosions in American History

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5. The Iroquois Theater fire
> Est. casualties: 602
> Location: Chicago, IL
> Date: Dec. 30, 1903

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4. The General Slocum steamboat disaster
> Est. casualties: 1,030
> Location: New York, NY
> Date: June 15, 1904

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3. The Peshtigo fire
> Est. casualties: 1,152
> Location: Peshtigo, WI
> Date: Oct. 8, 1871

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2. The Sultana steamboat disaster
> Est. casualties: 1,547
> Location: Mississippi River
> Date: April 27, 1865

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1. The World Trade Center attacks
> Est. casualties: 2,666
> Location: New York, NY
> Date: Sept. 11, 2001

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