a blanket of smoke. As Thomas Byrne of Hose Elevator No.2 said,”you couldn’t
see anything over you but fire….No clouds, no stars, nothing but fire.” The
north side started in flames on Monday. As people fled east to the lake, odd
things were saved, such examples are: a rooster, a fire place mantle, a pack of
playing cards, a stovepipe, an empty box, a feather duster, and a wooden Indian.
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Shortly before the court house burned down 100 prisoners were released. Most of
the prisoners began looting. When the Water Works was hit by the fire, many of
the firemen went home. Finally around 11P.M. the wind died down and showers
began falling. The fire was over, even though many piles of wood remained
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90,000 people were left homeless and 300 people died. 2124 acres were
destroyed in the raging inferno, a total of $200,000,000 in property loss.
After a huge fire like this you would expect for it to take a long time to
rebuild, but with in a month, 4,000 new buildings were put up.