Decades after tragic Our Lady of the Angels fire, statue returns home

Jun 05, 2022 285

BY: Julian Crews

For survivors of the Our Lady of the Angels fire Tuesday was a day of emotion. Ninety-five people, nearly all of them children perished the blaze in 1958.  Survivors and community members gathered at the site for a ceremony decades in the making. The statute of the Virgin Mary, that stood on site that fateful day 62 years ago, is home again — with a little help from the Chicago Fire Department.

Those who survived the fire, like Larry Source, said they are eternally grateful. “We have to honor our classmates and our sisters who lost their lives,” he said. The location now houses the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels and serves thousands of families a year. Now the Blessed Mother Statue, once again, greets visitors when they step in the door at 3814 West Iowa. 

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