Chicago Hotel Has Four Fires in Eleven Hours

Issue 3 and Volume 99.

Chicago Hotel Has Four Fires in Eleven Hours Four fires, started from unknown causes within eleven hours on February 3, in the Congress Hotel, Chicago, resulted in the suffocation of one man. injuries to many others, including firemen, the stampeding of 2,000 guests, and caused $50,000 property loss. The fires broke out in the 1.000 room hotel at 1:00 A.M.: 4:30 A.M.; 6:30 f’.M. and noon, in widely scattered sections of ti e fourteen story structure. The first, in the Glass Hat Room, the hotel’s night club, caused only small damage. The second was in a sixth floor room and in this fire an occupant was burned slightly. Both these fires were reported extinguishel by hotel personnel. The third, and most serious fire swept through 24 rooms on the fifth and sixth floor. Frank J. Van Hoesen, 32, a guest from Brighton, N. Y., was overcome by smoke and died…

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