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In Chicago, fire destroys house by top architect

CHICAGO -- Early yesterday, fire destroyed a historic North Side house designed by the noted architect Louis Sullivan. It was the third of his buildings to have been brought down by flames this year in Chicago.

No one was inside the house, and no injuries were reported, said a Fire Department spokesman, Kevin MacGregor.

The wood-frame building had been undergoing renovation, he said.

The home, known as the George Harvey House, was designed by Sullivan and his architectural partner, Dankmar Adler. It was completed in 1888, according to Preservation Chicago.

In January, the Pilgrim Baptist Church, on the city's South Side, was ruined by a fire. It had been designed as a synagogue by Sullivan and Adler, and had been completed in 1891. The church had many features that had made the collaborators famous, including vaulted ceilings and terra-cotta ornamental designs.

In October, fire destroyed the Dexter Building, a 119-year-old structure designed by Adler & Sullivan in the South Loop.

Sullivan, a native of Boston, was an influential figure in the development of American

In Largo, Md., yesterday, an early morning fire in a high-rise apartment building forced 75 tenants to flee and injured three people. Investigators said they believe the fire had been set by the former boyfriend of one of the occupants.

Police arrested the suspect, Eric Lamont Partlow, 38, who they said attacked and sexually assaulted his former girlfriend and set the fire, which damaged 25 apartments. The woman was treated at a hospital and released. Partlow has been charged with rape and assault, and was being held.

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