The Aurora Regional Fire Museum Celebrates 50 Years

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In just a few weeks, Chicago marks the anniversary of the event that literally wiped the city’s slate clean; and made possible much of the architecture that is celebrated today. The Great Chicago Fire began on October 8th of 1871 and continued to burn until the 10th. Stories connected to the fire reach far beyond the city to places you might never expect. First Light host Brian O'Keefe found a connection to the Great Chicago Fire when he visited the Aurora Regional Fire Museum.

 One of the early engines on display at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum   

One of the early engines on display at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum

 

 The distinctive green dome and keyhole windows are signature features of the one time firehouse that now serves as the home for the Aurora Regional Fire Museum (image courtesy of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum)

The distinctive green dome and keyhole windows are signature features of the one time firehouse that now serves as the home for the Aurora Regional Fire Museum (image courtesy of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum)

 Walking into the main gallery of the Aurora regional Fire Museum

Walking into the main gallery of the Aurora regional Fire Museum