Collinwood, OH School Fire, Mar 1908 - Find Cause of Fire
FINDS CAUSE OF SCHOOL FIRE.
COLLINWOOD CORONER SAYS IT WAS STARTED BY STEAM PIPES.
Cleveland, Ohio, March 10 -- "The loss of the lives of the little children in the Collinwood school fire was absolutely inexcusable," Coroner BURKE declared to-day, after making a thorough investigation into the causes of the fire.
"The poor little children were caught in a veritable trap and held and crushed until burned to death." he said.
"Some one is responsible for this, and should be held."
"I find that the steam pipes caused the fire by being placed too close to the wood of the joists. There is no doubt in my mind that the overheated pipes caused the fire."
"But thw children should have escaped, and would have done so, had it not been for the partition built in the hall at the foot of the stairway. This is what caused their death."
The Coroner said that the building was also deficient in automatic devices for opening of doors.
The New York Times New York 1908-03-11