Beyond the Flames

In 1978 great disaster shook this Chester town,
As chemicals exploded with ungodly sound.
Firefighters, police and those around
Unwittingly stood on toxic ground,
But no one spoke of what they found.
Though fatigue and illness would soon abound.

Both young and old, two-hundred bold,
They fought the blaze but lost their hold.
Although at last the fire went cold.
Yet underfoot lay hell untold,
And many died ere turning old,
Never to know their lives were sold.

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