Chicago, IL Armour Beef House Fire, Jul 1887

Mr. Armour Loses By Fire.

Chicago, July 27.-A fire, starting in Armour’s new beef house, at the Stock Yards, this evening, caused a loss of nearly $300,000, to offset which there is an insurance of $195,000. The beef house was a cheap two-story and basement frame structure, veneered with brick, and covered nearly an entire square. The basement contained about 25,000 hides. On the first floor were between 3,000 and 4,000 dressed cattle and over 1,000 undressed, while on the second floor were 500 dressed sheep and about 100 hogs. The building was almost totally destroyed, and most, if not all, of the contents suffered a similar fate, although Mr. Armour believes that the salvage will be large enough, especially on hides, to enable him to get out about even. The insurance was all on the stock except $20,000, and was distributed among a very large number of companies.

The New York Times, New York, NY 28 Jul 1887