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The Chicago Daily Tribune

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1898 -- TWELVE PAGES.

FIRE SWEEPS THE TOWN
        OF PERRY, IA., CAUSING 
                  HALF MILLION DAMAGE.

Large Portion of the City Now Ablaze and the Flames Cannot Be Controlled   -- Des Moines Department on the Way to the Scene.

     Perry, Ia., Nov. 20. - [Special.] - The business portion of the City of Perry is burning and is out of control. A strong northwest wind is sweeping the fire down both sides of Second street. Several large brick blocks are already gone, and the fire department is helpless to stay the progress.
     The Des Moines fire department is coming on the Rock Island, and hose from surrounding towns will be brought in.
     The fire started in Mitchell's large livery barn and was soon communicated to the Grand Leader department stores across the street. It then swept down the main street and over into the residence district in the center of town.
     The Methodist Church and the Citizens Bank are among the doomed buildings.
     The loss at-present is about $500,000.


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