Chicago, IL Broom Factory Fire, Jul 1900

Fatal Fire In Chicago.

Wall of Broom Corn Factory Falls on Boarding House.

Chicago, July 17.-Seven persons were injured, one fatally, by falling walls in a fire caused by lightning last night at Michigan Street and Dearborn Avenue. Fireman Robert Meany is the one fatally hurt; he was caught in falling debris while jumping from the second story.

The fire started in a broom corn factory and spread rapidly. Suddenly the walls of the burning building collapsed, falling on an adjoining boarding house, 212 Michigan Street, crushing the roof in.

Several firemen were carried down with the roof, and for a time it was believed a number of persons had perished. The inmates of the boarding house were all rescued, though with much difficulty.

The total damage amounts to nearly $200,000. Henry F. Vanmeyer & Co., proprietors of the broom corn factory, estimated their loss at $150,000, and J. Dreyfus & Co., furriers, at $30,000.
New Haven Register, New Haven, CT 17 Jul 1900

Chicago Fire

Falling Walls at a Fire Caused the Death of One Persons and Seriously Injured Many Others.

Chicago, Ill., July 16.-Seven people were injured, one fatally, by falling walls in a fire caused by lightning tonight at Michigan Street and Dearborn Avenue. The injured:

Fireman Robert Meany, back broken, will die; caught in falling debris while jumping from second story.
Capt. Evans, ankle sprained.
Lieut. Conlan, shoulder hurt by fall.
Capt. Martin Lacey, hand caught and crushed.
Fireman Joseph Wall, knocked from building, head cut and body bruised.
Mrs. Grace Gordon, hurt in escaping from adjoining house.
Agnes Kilgore of Detroit, Mich., knocked down by falling bricks, one leg and one arm broken.

The fire started in a broom factory and spread rapidly. Suddenly the walls of the burning building collapsed, falling on an adjoining boarding house, 212 Michigan Street, crushing the roof in.

The total damage amounts to nearly $200,000. Henry Vehemeller & Co., proprietors of the broom factory, estimated their losses at $150,000, and J.R. Dreyfus & Co., furriers, at $30,000

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 17 Jul 1900

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Cahill Killed In Fire.

Chicago, Ill., July 17.-Thomas D. Cahill, western representative of the Cosmopolitan magazine, was killed in the fire that destroyed the Vehemeyer broom corm warehouse last night. Firemen searching the ruins today came across the remains of a man. On being taken to the morgue the body was identified as Cahill’s by his father-in-law.

At the time of the fire Cahill was in bed. The portion of the building he was sleeping in caught by the blaze and fell into the ruins of the warehouse.

The body will be shipped to Utica, N.Y., for burial.

Omaha World Herald, Omaha, NE 18 Jul 1900