CHICAGO VISITED BY FIRES.
During a thunderstorm on Tuesday night lightning struck the College of Physicians and Surgeons on Harrison street, between Wood and Honore streets, Chicago. The fire which followed the lightning in a short time destroyed the college building, which was one of the finest of its kind in the West. Almost before the first fire engine had arrived the flames had spread through the five stories of the building. Adjoining the college is the smaller building of the West Side hospital, which was filled with patients—about one hundred being in the various wards. As soon as it was seen the college could not be saved, and that its walls were likely to fall at any time, the work of removing the patients from the hospital began. This was successfully accomplished, although a heavy, blinding rain was falling at the time. The College of Physicians and Surgeons is the medical department of the University of Champaign, Ill. The loss on building and equipment is practically total, and will approximate $200,000.
In the afternoon of the same day the paint and art material stock of the Devoe & Reynolds company, at 116 Randolph street, was damaged twenty-four thousand dollars’ worth by a threatening fire. A day or two before, the notion, hosiery, and fancy goods store of Baude & Hanlon, 209-215 Fifth avenue, suffered to the extent of over $40,000 by a night fire.