Did the Cow Start the Fire?

Modern day forensic investigations have questioned the origin of The Great Chicago Fire as being the much maligned Mrs. O’Leary’s cow. However, Phoenix Insurance Company General Adjuster Robert S. Critchell confirmed he interviewed Mrs. O’Leary following the fire and he was “…informed by her in rather an ungracious way that the story was true. “

Recollections of a Fire Insurance Man, Press of Rogers & Hall Co., 1909


Contributed by:
Jerry Provencher

CEO/Executive General Adjuster

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