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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 09, 1912, Image 1

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THE
DAY &00K
500 SO. PEORIA ST. 398 TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. 1, No. 89 Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1912 One Cent
SEVEN DEAD IN FIRE THAT THREATENED TO
WIPE OUT HEART; OF NEW. YORK
Heroism Marks Work of "Smoke Eaters" Scorched by
.Flames, Drenched in freezing Water, as Equitable
" Building Crashes Into Ruins j
worn thjit the Equitable, Build
ing itself, now a total loss, cost
?I8,7jr,640 to' build, t and had a
jook" value of $15,510,060.-,
The loss tb"the"tenants'of the
building" will be immense,-but un-
til, the great vaults are openedrno
idea of the. amount of this loss
can be come to. .
"Wall ,Streetr cut" off .bythe -fire
lines," was .paralyzed today, and
business all throughout the fjnan- ,
cial section ,was reduced to iprac
tically nothing. ' , .
At 2:45 this afternoon, Fire
Chief Kenlon ordered rescuing
parties within the wavering-Walls
of the buildup. He took this ac
tion' on reports from persons who
worked in the "building, and from
whose stories he' now estimates
the number of dead at a possible
25.-
Kenlon's orders were: "Search
everywhere, and bring out the
bodies."
The fire was discovered in the
basement, near the engine room
of- the building. Sucked up
through huge air shafts, the
,The-reported dead':
Battalion Fire Chief William
K,' "Walsh. Conrad Siebert, spe
cial ppliceman. Gulseppi Conti,
porter.- John Savzi,"porter. John"
Campeon, Captain of vaults.( "Un
identified porter. Unidentified
citizen.
New York, Jan. 9. Seven men
lost their -lives today in. a fire
that destroyed the home of the
Equitable Life Assurance Soci
ety, 120 Broadway;, paralyzed
the. greatest financial centre in
the world, and entailed a prop
ertv loss variously estimated at
from $15,000,000 to $30,006,000.
The fire stnrtprl at 5 20 oV.loclr.
''vIf .was under control four hours
iaier. jjuring us progress every
single niece of fire apparatus in
New York was summoned for the
first time in (the city's history.
Buildings valued at hundreds of
millions of dollars were menaced.
It will be weeks before the
pioperty loss can be accurately
estimated Befoie the insurance
investigation committee if was
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