Fatal Fire in Chicngo.
An early morning and fatal fire in Chicago destroyed elevator 13 of the Illinois Central railway and caused the death of Lieutenant Patrick McElligott. Another member of the fire department, James Cooper, a pipeman of truck No. 8, is missing, and 8 firemen were injured. It is believed the elevator was struck with lightning, as the fire broke out in the midst of a violent thunderstorm. A very strong wind blowing from the lake carried the flames to the railway docks, trainsheds and freight cars, and it was all the firemen could do to prevent the flames from spreading over the railway yards on the lake front. The elevator, which had its bins choke full of grain of all sorts, was all ablaze when the department arrived, and in spite of the heavy rain was burning like a tinderbox. A wall, falling without warning, caught the firemen under its ruins, killing Lieut. McElligott instatly and injuring the others so severely that they had to be taken to the hospital; one of them lost his arm. While the storm, which began shortly after midnight, was raging tires broke out all over the city, that in the elevator being among them, and from it burning embers, many of large size, were carried for long distances. The Illinois Central’s and Wisconsin Central’s freightsheds were on fire many times, and elevator A, built on the same lines as elevator B, was also threatened. It was saved by the firetugs that operated from the river. The firemen fought a desperate battle; but conquered in the end. The loss is set down at $1,000,000.