Chicago, IL Orpheum Theatre Fire, Feb 1902

THEATRE BURNS

Chicago Show House was Mark for Incendaries.

Chicago, Feb. 10. -- No lives were lost in the fire which destroyed the Orpheon [sic] theatre early this morning. It was thought that a number of persons sleeping in the building failed to escape, but all are accounted for to the police. The firemen are confident that the fire was the work of incendaries. Several hours after the flames were subdued open gas jets were found in various parts of the building. Fire-bugs have been trying to burn the building for years, no less than twenty attempts to destroy it having been made.

The body of an unknown newsboy was found in the ruins at noon. As a number of others were asleep with him in the building, it is believed that more bodies will be found.

Daily Iowa State Press Iowa City, Iowa 1902-02-10

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ORPHEUM THEATRE BURNED.

Chicago Play House In Ashes – Headless Body Found In Ruins.

Chicago, Feb. 10. -- The Orpheum theatre was practically destroyed by fire early this morning. While the firemen were cleaning away the debris this morning a headless body was found among the ruins. It is supposed to be that of a street waif who had sought shelter in on of the vacant offices. It is believed the fire was of incendiary origin.

Waterloo Daily Reporter Iowa 1902-02-10

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Orpheum Theater Damaged for Third Time.

CHICAGO, Feb. 10. -- The Orpheum Theater in Washington street, opposite the City Hall, was damaged by fire this morning to the extent of $30,000. The flames spread with such rapidity that three attaches of the theater and two hotel tailors who were in the building when the fire started were overcome by smoke and severely burned before they could be rescued by the firemen. This is the third time inside of six months that the theater has been on fire.

The Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1902-02-11

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Chicago Theatre Fire.

Chicago Theatre Fire.

CHICAGO, Feb. 10.-The Orpheum theatre in Washington street, opposite the city hall, was damaged by fire this morning to the extent of $30,000. The flames spread with such rapidity that three attaches of the theatre and two hotel tailors who were in the building when the fire started were overcome by smoke and severely burned before they could be rescued by the firemen. None of them will die. This is the third time inside of six months that the theatre has been on fire.

Two scrub women who were working in the theatre building have not been accounted for and it is feared that both may have perished.

Later estimates place the property loss at $50,000.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE Feb 1902