Leadership

Battalion Chief Wendt of Chicago Handles Railway Building Fire

Issue 3 and Volume 59.

Battalion Chief Wendt of Chicago Handles Railway Building Fire Henry F. Wendt, chief of the Fifth Battalion of the Chicago Fire Department, was in charge at a fire recently which partly destroyed the Chicago North Western Railway building on the west side of the city. The structure occupied a space 75 by 150 feet. It was six stories in height and built about thirty years ago. Brick was used in its consturction and the building was provided with brick partition walls. The fire started on the first floor, but from what cause is unknown. The watchman discovered it at 5.10 in the morning and sent in an alarm by telephone and box. After burning for 36 hours the fire was finally brought ujider control. Two hundred persons were employed in the building but none was on duty at the time of the fire. Nearly 200 firemen were present at the…

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