Leadership

ABANDONED GRAIN ELEVATOR GIVES CHICAGO A HOT FIRE

Issue 12 and Volume 98.

ABANDONED GRAIN ELEVATOR GIVES CHICAGO A HOT FIRE Thirty-Five Fire Companies Prevent Extension To Adjacent Property in Brief But Tough Battle A Staff Report FIRE in an old abandoned grain elevator, located at 24th Street and Archer Avenue. Chicago, created heat so intense that firemen were unable to approach closer than within half a block of it. The wooden structure, nearly a city block long and seven stories high, said to be the oldest grain elevator in Chicago, burned like a torch despite the efforts of thirty-five of the city’s fire companies summoned on a five-eleven alarm and two special calls, as well as the fireboat Fred Busse. At one time, the Busse fought her way within fifty feet of the building but was forced to withdraw when the northwest corner of the huge structure collapsed and the remainder of the wall sagged alarmingly and threatened to crash into the…

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