St. Louis, MO Five Story Building Fire, Jan 1896
FIRE DESTROYS A FIVE-STORY BUILDING AT ST. LOUIS.
MEMBERS OF THE SALVAGE CORPS BURIED UNDER A COLLAPSED FLOOR.
THREE FIREMEN SHOCKED INTO INSENSIBILITY BY LIVE ELECTRIC WIRES -- LOSS ON BUILDING AND STOCK WILL AGGREGATE $200,000 -- THE INSURANCE IS AMPLE.
St. Louis, Jan. 22. -- At 10 o'clock Tuesday night fire destroyed the five-story building at No. 415 North Broadway, occupied by A. S. Aloe & Co., opticians. The rear of the building abuts on a ten-foot alley, and through this alley runs a mass of electric wires, rendering the work of the firemen difficult and hazardous. Three men were shocked into insensibility by contact with wires, and Foreman HYNES, of Engine Co. No. 23, fell from a ladder and was seriously injured by the fall. Twenty-two streams of water were poured ineffectively upon the blaze. While the salvage corps were covering showcases on the second floor, the floor collapsed and went to the basement. Four of the salvage men are in the ruins and there is no hope of rescuing them alive.
They are in the center of the building, covered with wreckage and heavy packing cases. Cries for help grew fainter as time passed, and at 11 o'clock they had ceased.
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While the firemen were working to save their unfortunate comrades the fire took a new start and the rescue was for the time abandoned. The stock was the most complete of its character in the west, and the loss will be fully $200,000. Insurance is ample. Adjoining business houses suffered considerably from water and smoke. Mr. B. Aloe, a member of the firm, was married Tuesday evening in Philadelphia.
Marietta Daily Leader Ohio 1896-01-23