Louisville, KY Singer Factory Fire, Nov 1894

FIVE FIREMEN BADLY HURT.

SERIOUS CASUALTY AT THE BURNING OF A BUILDING AT LOUISVILLE.

Louisville, Ky., Nov. 5. -- Fire broke out in the building occupied by the Louisville branch of the Singer Sewing Machine Manufacturing company, at 552 Fourth Avenue, and before the flames could be extinguished did about $50,000 worth of damage. Just as the firemen had the fire under control the rear wall of the Singer building fell and five firemen were caught under it and badly hurt. Two of them, VALENTINE RIEHL and JAMES MANNIX, may die.
The injured are:
VALENTINE RIEHL, captain No. 2 hook and ladder company, may die.
JAMES MANNIX, pipeman No. 3 engine company, may die.
JOHN MORTON, captain No. 3 engine company, badly hurt.
MONK CLINE, pipeman No. 8 engine company, left leg crushed and injured internally.
EDWARD REIHL, ladder man No. 2 truck company, cut in top of head and left arm.
At the time of the fire there was a large audience present at the Avenue Theater, which adjoins the Singer building. The fire was discovered by the people on the stage and the curtain was dropped in the middle of the last act and in less than twenty minutes the house was emptied of its occupants and a panic averted. CLINE is an old ball player and well known in the south and west. The fire is believed to be of incendiary origin.

Logansport Pharos Indiana 1894-11-05