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Known back then as the Iroquois Theater, the theater, advertised as "absolutely fireproof," suffered a horrifyingly ironic fire on December 30th, 1903. As the fire blazed on, the fire doors locked trapping 2,000 patrons in the fire. When the fire was finally put out, 602 people were pronounced dead, 212 of them children.
Taking more than five hours to retrieve the bodies, the alley was used as a temporary morgue where city officials could lay out the bodies and families could identify loved ones. Today, reports of faint cries, apparition sightings, and feelings of being touched or even pushed by invisible beings have been reported.