U NV l'KIUSItKIl. Nbw Yoek, July 20. - Special dispatches received say that Santiago, the capital of Chili, has boen visit . a most destructive lire by whicb. between $2, 000,000 and ?3,000,00ü worth of property waa destroyed. Harly in the morning of Juae S the fire broke out in a house on Augustinos street, one of the principal thoroughfares of the city, and Bpread rapidly. yvcry available engine and fireman was on the scène, but it was not long before the water supply guve out and then hope was very Dearly abandoned. The large Catholic university was one of the first buildings to be attacked. It blazed fiercely and so rapidly that many people were unable to leave the building in time. In f uil sight of the horror-stricken people they feil back into the flames and perished. The Baneo de Santiago and the Banco Popular, the llotel Hermano and the editorial rooms of El Independiente, in the direct path of the fire, wero quickly reduced to ashes. It was at this time that the water gave out. The crowds were immense and soldiers were obliged to drive them back with bayonets. The houses on the opposite sideof the street eaught fire and all that eould be done was to watch them burn. Some of the principal business buildings of Santiago were destroyed and there were many narrow escapes. The most exeiting of these was that of Mr. Kennedy, the Kritish minister. Almost before he knew it his residence eaught fire and blazed so fiercely that it was with difficulty that he escaped. líe was jiartially overeóme by the heat and smoke. The German and Nicaraguan legations are also said to have been destroyed. After a considerable period the water rose suffieiently in the mains to allow of its use by the engines. By this time, too, the flames had spent themselves and were at last subdued. It is bclieved that between thirty and forty lives were lost. Government authorities believe the fire to be the work of insurgent firebus.