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Massive fire burns for hours and destroys a furniture business in Chicago

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12/02/1865
A massive fire broke out in a furniture manufacturers on Wells and Randolph Streets in Chicago at around eight o'clock in the evening.  Soon much of the block was afire and it took some long, hard fire fighting to get the blaze under control.  The entire building was burned at a loss of around $110,000.  Few injuries were reported although Chief U. P. Harris of the Fire Department had a lucky escape when he fell thirty feet in the burning building but emerged with only minor damage.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Disastrous Conflagration," Chicago Tribune, December 3, 1865, p. 4. 

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