Bloomington, IL Fire, Jun 1900 - Two Firemen Missing

Serious Fire

Visits Bloomington, Ill.-Two Freemen Missing.

Bloomington, Ill., June 19.-Five blocks of the best business buildings in the heart of the city were burned by a fire which started at 12:30 this morning. The court house, valued at $400,000, is a total loss. The records were saved. Nearly 50 firms were burned out. It is estimated the losses will foot up to between $1,500,000 and $2,000,000.

Two firemen are missing, and it is believed are buried in the ruins. Two of the leading hotels, the Windsor and the Phoenix, were burned. All the guests escaped. At 8:30 the combined fire departments of Bloomington, Peoria and Springfield had brought the flames to a standstill in the block west of the court house.

Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jackson, MI 19 Jun 1900