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Chicago - Tribune FIRE DESTROYS CHICAGO On October 8 th , approximately 9 P.M, tragedy struck the city of Chicago. A massive fire, which officials say began at 137 DeKoven Street (the O’Leary property), raged throughout the city and was not doused until Tuesday, October 10 th . The fire began, allegedly, when a cow in a nearby barn kicked over a lantern. Officials were alerted of the fire, but assumed it was an overreaction from a Chicago local still concerned about a fire the day before. As the flames spread, it was realized that it was a new fire and firefighters were sent to put out the blaze. The firefighters were, however, sent in the wrong direction, allowing the fire to grow even larger. Wooden buildings and winds sent the fire northeast where it engulfed even more buildings and a church just west of the Chicago River. It continued to jump the river by catching firewood filled buildings, coal and lumber yards, and the many ships on the river.
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