Chicago Fire Toll, 35 Dead

Issue 6 and Volume 106.

Chicago Fire Toll, 35 Dead Explosion and fire on April 16, last, destroyed a 4-story factory building of the Haber Corporation, Chicago, Ill., manufacturers of electric appliances, bringing death to 35 pefsons and injuries to as many others. Cause of the disaster was not definitely established but could have been ignition of fumes of spirits used to clean castings, or explosion of dusts. It was disclosed that exhaust outlets were located over polishing machines and there were quantities of flammable j liquids on the property. Smoking also was reported permitted in the building. It was said a dust collecting system had been installed in the building without a permit from the building department. Extensive remodeling was under way in the building at the time of the holocaust. On May 5, a coroner’s jury held as accidental the deaths of the thirty-five victims. The jurors reported unanimous agreement that there was…

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