A fire raged through an industrial area of Chicago on Sunday (27 May) causing an estimated US million (GBP7.5 million sterling) worth of damage.
A fire raged through an industrial area of Chicago on Sunday (27 May) causing an estimated US million (GBP7.5 million sterling) worth of damage. Only three people were known to have been injured.
The fire covered eight square blocks of an industrial area on Chicago's South West side, and was mainly concentrated on four large building. One of them, was a food store warehouse and other on oil company building.
A railroad car, loaded with benzene, a highly inflammable chemical, caught fire, a witness said that the car looked "like a blow-torch."
Fire Commissioner Mr. Robert Quinn said that the four buildings were ninety per cent destroyed, but that barring further explosions "the fire was pretty much under control."
Officials believe that the fire began with a series of explosions in the oil company building, but the cause of the explosions was not known.
One of those injured was a fireman, taken to hospital suffering from mild chest pains, two other people were admitted to hospital suffering from cuts and bruises.
SYNOPSIS: One of the buildings was an oil plant belonging to the Cities Service Oil Company, where according to officials the fire believed to have started.
A railroad truck loaded with benzene, a highly inflammable chemical, caught fire. Explosions were feared but the truck burnt itself out.
Officials estimated that the fire had caused twenty million dollars-worth of damage. Only three people were hurt -- one of them a fireman suffering from chest pains.