Cincinnati, OH Business Block Fire, Dec 1910

FATALITIES AT FIRE.

BUSINESS BLOCK BURNS

CITY OF CINCINNATI IS THE SCENE OF BLAZE WHICH COST THE LIVES OF AT LEAST TWO PERSONS.

PROPERTY LOSS $2,000,000.

An Entire Block Occupied by Factories and Mercantile Houses Is Swept Away - The Department is Given a Hard Fight to Control the Flames - New York Firemen Are Placed in Jeopardy by Stubborn Blaze - Details.

(By Associated Press.)

Cincinnati, O., Dec. 21. - Fire which started in the factory district here at 2 a. m. today, resulted in the death of two persons, the injuring of several firemen and property loss estimated at $2,000,000.

One of the dead is Fireman Robert D. Grear, who was crushed beneath a falling wall.

The other is an unidentified boy, eighteen years old, who was fatally hurt by a falling trolley pole.

An entire block from Nintha and Sycamore street to Broadway was swept by the flames.

The firms burned out are: Krippendorf & O'Neal Shoe company, Taylor Poole Leather company, Cabill Shoe company, Twin Lock company, Sycamore Street Stable company barn, Griess - Pfleiger Leather company, Victor Safe and Lock company, warehouse of the A. and J. Nurre company, picture frames and moldings, E. O. Duncan Paper Box factory and the Wildberg Box factory.

THE ORIGIN OF FIRE.

The fire, it is believed, started in the engine room of the plant of the Krippendorf & O'Neal company. Hardly had the fire been discovered when the flames leaped from almost every window, from cellar to roof.

When the fire apparatus arrived, it was seen that the shoe factory was doomed, and the firemen turned to the work of trying to save adjoining property. They practically surrounded the fire with water, but it had too great a start and aided by the wind it continued to spread from building to building.

While the fire was at its height, a wall of the Krippendorf building fell and buried Robert Grear. His body was recovered.

FIREMEN ARE HURT.

Four other firemen, Humphries, Geiger, Morgan and Captain Tinley were also caught by the falling wall and all badly injured.

Shortly afterward, the list of injured firemen was added to by the names of Luhm and Hull. Luhm was at work in a stable in the rear of Griess - Pfleiger company, when he stepped in to a hatchway and fell two stories, breaking several ribs and suffering other injuries.

Hardly had these two men been taken to the hospitals when an iron electric light pole 200 feet from the apparent danger of the fire toppled over and crushed a white boy. He died on the way to the hospital.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI 21 Dec 1910