Ottumwa, IA Downtown Fire, June 1894

FIVE BLOCKS IN RUINS.

OTTUMWA VISITED BY A TERRIBLE CONFLAGRATION.

INCLUDED THIRTY-FIVE HOUSES.

FIRE ORIGINATED FROM THE SPARKS OF A LOCOMOTIVE -- ONE PERSON BURNED TO DEATH, ONE FATALLY AND THREE SERIOUSLY
INJURED -- LOSS ESTIMATED AT $220,000 WITH ABOUT ONE-THIRD COVERED BY INSURANCE.

Ottumwa, Ia., June 4. -- A disastrous fire occurred here Sunday, and five blocks are a mass of charred timbers and debris. One person was burned to death, one fatally affected by smoke, and three others were seriously injured.
JAMES SEYMOUR, burned to death.
BERT PATTERSON, suffocated, and will die.
JOHN McCULLOM, fireman, seriously burned.
NICK RENNER, leg broken.
JERRY SEYMOUR, overcome by heat and hurt by falling timbers.
The five blocks destroyed by the flames included 15 business houses and 20 dwellings. Loss estimated at $220,000, about one-third covered by insurance. The fire is supposed to have originated from the sparks of a locomotive.
The following is a list of heaviest losers:
W. R. Peck, druggist, $5,000.
Charles Refsnyder & Co., butchers and cold storage, $15,000.
Managan & Carr, grocers, $3,000 on building and $2,000 on stock.
E. J. McLanghlin, grocer, $15,000.
Jerry Seymour, cooper, $3,000; saloon and two dwellings, $4,500.
Poe Underwood, druggist, $6,000.
John Bauer, residence, $5,000.
Mary Leighton, three dwellings, $8,800.
Samuel Mahon, brick buildings and dwellings, $6,500.

The Evening News Lincoln Nebraska 1894-06-04