Meadowdale Fire

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Meadowdale Fire - Fire Destroys 25 Meadowdale Stores...
Fire Destroys 25 Meadowdale Stores CARPENTERSVXLLE, (UPI) - Fire roared through 26 stores of the Meadowdale Shopping Center early Tuesday. Loss was estimated at $1,000,000. State Fire Marshal William Cowhey began an on-the-scene investigation to determine the cause of the fire. It was believed to have started in Marvin's Shoe Store, one of the 25 stores destroyed. THE 26TH STORE, Carson Pirie Scott Co., received heavy smoke and water damage, largely from a sprinkler system that was set off throughout the shop._ The stores were in the Winter Garden small arcade, which makes up about half oi the total shopping center of 54 stores. Fourteen of the stores were built around a skating rink, which was destroyed. Two women's shops, a barber shop, a beauty shop, a realty office, a shoe store, a record shop, a book store and the shopping center office were among the establishments destroyed. The fire was discovered by Carpentersville Police C h i e f James Klinkhamer who was in the Winter Garden with a companion when they saw smoke. Klinkhamer said he was nearly choking on the smoke by the time he could turn in an alarm, and by the time firemen arrived, the fire had spread to a half dozen shops. FLAMES SHOT high into the night air and lit up the surrounding area. Firemen from East Dundee, West Dundee, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Pali'tine, Cary, Gilberts, Barrington Hills and Algonquin were summoned after the was turned in at 11:37 p.m. fire was not controlled for three and one-half hours. State police blocked off Illinois 25, which runs past the shopping center. Carpentersville is fi'ur miles north of Elgin, northwest of Chicago. At Dundee Polar Dome Leading Skaters Prepare for Fund

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 21 Nov 1963, Thu,
  3. Page 142

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