Chicago City Hall Blaze Perils Central Fire Alarm Office

Issue 5 and Volume 110.

Chicago City Hall Blaze Perils Central Fire Alarm Office Five-eleven fire force and city’s entire fire patrol team up to hold fire and water damage in city’s “$5 million pile” to minimum A FIRE WHICH DEMONSTRATES the elemental fact that a building is no more fireproof than its contents, and the fallacy of maintaining fire communications center and government records and documents in surroundings susceptible to fire and water damage, was that which caused an estimated $500,000 loss to the Chicago City Hall, the night of March 21. The County-Gif’/ Hall building occupies a full block bounded by Randolph, Washington, LaSalle and Clark Streets in downtown Chicago. The massive structure, jocularly referred to as “the $5 million pile,” was completed in 1910. Whereas the block-square building is one fire division, it is divided into two sections by a division wall, the east portion being occupied as a County Building and…

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