Chicago, IL Business Section Fire, Sep 1859
DISASTROUS FIRE AT CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
HALF A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PROPERTY DESTROYED -- AN ENTIRE BLOCK OF BUILDING DEMOLISHED --NAMERS OF THE SUFFERERS, &c.
Chicago, September 16, 1859.
The most disastrous conflagration that has visited our city since the great fire of 1857 occurred last night.
The fire broke out about nine o'clock, in the stable of F. EMHRING & Co., and entirely destroyed it, together with its contents, including four valuable horses. The flames thence communicated to the blacksmith shop No. 45 Canal street, spreading thence in different directions, consuming the entire block bounded by Clinton, North Canal, Westlake and Fulton streets. From this block the fire communicated to MR. BLATCHFORD'S lead works, and there to the hydraulic mills. These, with the block bounded by North, Jefferson, Clinton, Fulton and Westlake streets were entirely destroyed. From the northwest corner of Fulton and Canal streets the fire communicated to the lumber yard of RYERSON & MILLER, consuming nearly 3,000,000 feet, valued at $40,000; and thence to the lumber yard of L. SUTHERLAND, destroying his entire stock, valued at $10,000; and thence to the lumber yard adjoining, consuming 2,000,000 feet. MASON & Co.'s machine shop, corner of North Canal and Carroll streets, was totally destroyed. From RYERSON'S yard the fire communicated to the Vulcan Works of WARRINGTON & McARTHUR, and thence to the Vulcan Boiler Works, destroying the block bounded by Fulton, Carroll, Clinton and North Jefferson streets. Two blocks adjoining were partially destroyed.
The principal losers are as follows:
J. W. COCHRANE, Audubon House, $60,000; insured $30,000.
BLATCHFORD'S Lead Works, $90,000; insurance $40,000.
COCHRANE & BAKER, Cleveland House, $37,000; insured $27,000.
AVERY & Co., $40,000; insured $25,000.
HYDRANLIE Mills, $10,000; no insurance.
WALTER LULL, lumber dealer, $20,000; insured $5,000.
E. A. RUCKER, plaining mill, $7,000; no insurance.
WARRINGTON'S Vulcan foundry, $30,000; insured $10,000.
MASON, McARTHUR & Co., boiler works, $6,000; insured $3,000 in Cleveland.
The Masonic Lodge, occupying the upper story of BLATCHFORD'S building, $8,000; no insurance.
B. BERNAUER, liquor dealer, $3,000; fully insured.
Reformed Presbyterian meeting house, $2,000; insured $1,000.
There were about one hundred frame dwellings, valued at from $500 to $1,000 each, destroyed; a large amount of furniture was saved, but in a damaged condition.
The total loss is probably not less than $500,000, and the total insurance will not exceed $250,000, the greater part of which is in New York, Providence, Hartford and Springfield companies.
A large number of the buildings destroyed were dwellings of but little value.
The origin of the fire has not yet been ascertained.
Two firemen were injured by the falling walls.
Hope steam engine company, of Philadelphia, who were here as guests of Hope Hose Company, turned out with their engine, doing good service.
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