Chicago, IL Siegel, Cooper & Co Dry Goods Store Fire, Aug 1891
Chicago Has A Big Fire.
A Large Dry Goods House Burned-The Insurances In Detail.
Chicago, Aug. 3.-Fire involving a loss estimated to be at least $700,000 broke out at 7:30 o'clock this morning in the large retail dry goods and notions store of Siegel, Cooper & Co., southeast corner of State and Adams Streets. The blaze started in the exchange room on the first floor and spread though the inflammable stock with the greatest rapidity. About twenty-five employees were in the store at the time, but all of them, as far as known managed to escape uninjured, except one cash boy who was on the third floor. He started to come down by the fire escape but became confused, lost his footing and fell, receiving severe injuries. There were three watchmen in the building at the time who have not yet been accounted for. The building was entirely gutted and the Adams Street wall fell in after the iron interior framework had been softened by the heat. The firm carried a stock of $500,000.
The losses are as follows: Siegel, Cooper & Co., $500,000 on stock and $40,000 on the building, insurance $500,000; Demberg, Oleck & Harner, loss by smoke and water $30,000. A number of adjoining sustained losses aggregating $15,000, on which there was some insurance.
The New York Times, New York, NY 4 Aug 1891