Baltimore, MD Business Section Fire, Firemen Perish, Sep 1888

BURNED TO DEATH.

SEVEN FIREMEN KILLED AND TWO BADLY INJURED AT BALTIMORE.

Baltimore, Sept. 4. -- The most disastrous fire, both to life and property, that has occurred in this city for many years, broke out at 4:30 Sunday morning at 109 South Sharp Street, and spreading with great rapidity on either side soon destroyed seven fine four-story iron and brick front buildings on Sharp Street and the brick buildings of nearly the whole row of houses on Pratt Street between Sharp and Hanover.
The north wall of the building No. 109 Sharp Street collapsed about 4:30 a.m. and buried nine of the firemen. Two of them, A. L. ECK and JOHN KELLY, were taken out alive but very badly injured. Seven men were killed.
Their names are:
GEORGE BOWERS.
THOMAS WANNER.
HENRY RYAN.
JOHN A. COMB, all of No. 2 truck company.
HARRY WALKER.
JAMES McFEE.
GEORGE KERINS, all of No. 7 engine company.
The losses will aggregate about $1,000,000, upon which there is an estimated insurance of $800,000. The heaviest losses fall upon John King, president of the Erie Railroad company; Edward A. Prior & Co.; J. H. Winkleman & Co.; M. S. Levy & Son; Dobler, Mudge & Co.; Table Bros. & Dimmock; and Henry S. Kione's Sons.

The Ledger Warren Pennsylvania 1888-09-07

From the Newark Daily Advocate Ohio 1888-09-03

It is impossible to get anything like a correct list of the losses and insurance but the following estimates are made:
Wylie, Bruster & Company, No. 103 Sharp Street, dry goods, loss $80,000, insurance, $60,000.
Steppacher & Stern, No. 108 Sharp Street, shirt manufacturers, loss $20,000, insurance, $20,000.
Coffin, Altemus & Company, No. 103 Sharp Street, loss $20,000, insurance, $20,000.
J. H. Winkleman & Company, No. 105 Sharp Street, wholesale drugs, loss $75,000, insurance, $63,000.
Tabb Brothers & Dimmock, No. 107 Sharp Street, hardware, loss $45,000, insurance, $30,000.
Edward A. Prior & Company, No. 109 Sharp Street, importer of toys, fancy goods and fireworks, loss $200,000, insurance, $190,000.
M. S. Levy & Sons, No. 111 Sharp Street, straw goods, loss $50,000, insurance, $50,000.
Dobler & Mudge, No. 113 Sharp Street, paper manufacturers, loss $70,000, insurance, $59,000.
Henry S. King & Sons, No. 115 Sharp Street, hardware, loss $40,000, insurance, $30,000.
W. F. & E. Denman, No. 115 Sharp Street, cloth merchants, loss $20,000, insurance, $20,000.
Hirshberg, Hollander & Company, Nos. 106, 108 and 110 West Pratt Street, oils, paint, etc., loss $50,000, insurance, $40,000.
John King, presidet of the Erie Railroad, four buildings, loss $180,000, insurance full.
Other real estate losses, $120,000, insurance full.
The losses sustained on Pratt Street are divided between a large number of shopkeepers. Nine-tenths of the insurance is place in companies in the north.