Fatal Fire in Chicago.

Fatal Fire in Chicago.

While an employe of the Fish Furniture Company, Chicago, was filling some cigar lighters with gasoline, the inflammable liquid, in some way, became ignited and exploded, setting fire to everything in the vicinity. When The firemen, summoned by a girl employe, who ran two blocks to the nearest engine house, arrived, the upper floors were blazing fiercely and at the windows the terrified employes were to be seen, shrieking for aid. An awning over the entrance and an electric sign with its guy and teed wires, interfered with the firemen, in their work of raising ladders to the upper stories, and before they could reach them some of the people had jumped from the windows and others fell back into the flames, as the floors collapsed. For two and a half hours the firemen fought hard before they succeeded in subduing the flames to a sufficient extent to enable them to enter the building and search for the victims, i welve bodies were eventually recovered, the fifth and sixth floors had collapsed and fallen to the fourth, below which the damage was principally caused by water. The walls left standing were in a dangerous condition and will have to he razed.

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FATAL FIRE IN CHICAGO.

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FATAL FIRE IN CHICAGO.

At Chicago, on the night of December 19, one fireman was killed and several employes may have perished in a fire which destroyed the enamel sign factory of the Charles W. Schonk company. 7 to 15 Park street. An explosion started the fire; it was followed by the falling of the walls and floors. Several employes were injured in a panic on the fire escapes following the explosion. Many girls and boys were employed on the upper floors of the six-storv building. and were rescued with difficulty, the fire spreading rapidly. While the fire was at its height, a wall collapsed, and a number of firemen were caught in the debris. Lieutenant Henry Bassett of truck company No. 174. was crushed to death, and a number of firemen escaped w ith a severe shaking up. Forty girls and 140 men ami lioys w’ere employed in the factory. The officers of the company say that all hut two girls have been accounted for. The police and firemen say that several persons wore in the building when the floors and walls fell. The loss on the building and the contents is estimated at $250,000.