East Toledo, OH Grain Elevator Fire, Sep 1898

DEATH AND FIRE DO DESTRUCTIVE WORK AT THE UNION ELEVATOR.

A DOZEN PEOPLE KILLED AND MANY SERIOUSLY INJURED.

A PERRYSBURG MAN AMONG THE MISSING
SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE.

At the fire of the Union elevator at East Toledo Tuesday night, at least a dozen lives were sacrificed and many so severely injured that there is no possible chance of recovery.
Those known to be dead are:
MISS GRACE PARKS.
HAROLD PARKS.
CHARLES KELLER.
SAMUEL ALEXANDER.
FRANK VAN HOESEN.
BERT WAINRIGHT.
JOHN CARR.
FRED GARRETT.
Two Poles whose names could not be learned.
Among the missing is EVERETT DAVENPORT, thought to be buried in the debris.
The injured are:
WM. PARKS, horribly burned.
JOHN SMITH, back, head and arms badly burned.
HAMILTON PARKS, severely burned about the head.
FRED PARGELTIS, flesh on face and hands burned to a crisp and eyes nearly destroyed.
JOHN CARR, bones broken and burned about face and hands.
ALBERT BALDIE, burned about face and hands.
ERNEST ELLIOTT, burned about head and breast.
HENRY BROOKS, collar bone broken and burned about the face.
EVERETT SMITH, hands and face terribly burned.
BARNEY WELSH, slightly burned.
HENRY BRUIKSELKER, severely burned.
W. C. JORDAN, night yard master of Ohio Central, bruised and burned.
DAVID KEMP, fireman, slightly burned about shoulders.
PETER HAAS, the night watchman, so far as is known is the only man who escaped from the building uninjured. He was on the top floor only a few minutes before the explosion occurred and was certainly very fortunate to escape unharmed.
The fire was the result of an explosion of dust caused by spontaneous combustion in one of the large bins. In an instant the entire structure was enveloped in flames and escape from the building was impossible.
MISS GRACE PARKS, daughter of the superintendent, was standing in the office at the time the explosion occurred and was blown through the door, her clothing being all on fire she tumbled and rolled down the hill to the Lake Shore tracks. When assistance arrived her naked and charred body was an unrecognizable mass of flesh, but she was conscious, and gently carried to the top of the hill where kind hands wrapped her in a blanket and she was taken to the home of her uncle James Parks, where she expired at 3 o'clock Wednesday morning.

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