Lima, OH Lightning Strikes Oil Well, Sep 1886

STREETS OF FLAME.

BURNING OIL FLOODING A PORTION OF LIMA, OHIO.

Lima, O., Sept. 23. -- Caldron & Madison's oil well was struck by lightning at 7 this morning and the fire communicated to two 5,000 barrel tanks which burst and the oil spread over the southern portion of the city, endangering thousands of dollars worth of property. Nicholsen's large tank across the street from the above firm's well was also struck and 2,500 barrels of oil were consumed. There is imminent danger of the fire spreading and endangering the whole city. At noon the fire was still raging and it was beyond the power of the fire department to check its progress. MRS. HENDERSON standing in the doorway of her home near the first well was struck by the bold and killed. Stogle well No. 2 ignited, but further damage was averted by tearing down the rigging.

Cincinnati, O., Sept. 23. -- Telegraph wires connecting Lima, Ohio, with this city are down and particulars of the disastrous fire reported to be raging there are impossible to get. Nothing is known as to the details of the disaster beyond the brief outline already given.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern Wisconsin 1886-09-23