Chicago, IL Department Store Fire, Nov 1897

FIRE IN CHICAGO.

THE DEPARTMENT STORE KNOWN AS "THE
LION" IS A TOTAL LOSS.

Chicago, Ill., Nov. 11. -- Fire today destroyed the department store of W. A. Weiboldt & Co., known as "The Lion," on Milwaukee Avenue, between Ashland and Paulina Streets. The four-story brick building and its contents, valued at $160,000, are a total loss. Several small cottages were crushed by the falling walls, causing an additional loss of $5000. The clothing store of Vincent & Rixon, adjoining "The Lion," was also damaged to some extent by smoke and water.
The insurance amounts to between $125,000 and $135,000.
It was feared for a time several lives had been lost by the falling of the walls. All of the missing, however, were soon accounted for, although some of the inmates of the cottages which were crushed had narrow escaped in their endeavors to save their household goods.

The Sheboygan Times Wisconsin 1897-11-13