Stock Yards Fire in Chicago.
Two wood and brick buildings belonging to Swift and Company, and located in the stock yard, Chicago, Ill, were totally destroy ed by fire on August 27. The buildings were valued at $150,000 and their contents, consisting of soap wrappers and boxes, at $75,000. The buildings were each about 50 years old and owing to their age and construction, the flames spread rapidly, so that upon the arrival of the department the building where the fire had originated was ablaze throughout. The department, of which T. O’Connor is chief, did excellent work, keeping the blaze confined to the smallest area possible. Fifteen hydrant and thirty-five engine streams were thrown from 35,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose, which was in service. This hose was equipped with nozzles varying from 1⅛ to 1½ irxhes in size. Fifty 4-inch and 2 1/2-inch hydrants were available for use. These hydrants were situated 100 feet apart. Water was supplied by way of the direct pumping system. The fire started from an unknown cause, at 8.40 p. m., and burned for 24 hours. There were about 200 firemen at the blaze, with the following apparatus: Thirty-five engines, four ladder trucks and one squad wagon. Two of the engines were motor pumpers, one being of the American-La France make and the other an Ahrens-Fox. Both of these pumpers did good work.