Wilkinsburg, PA Fire, Mar 1908

SEVERAL HURT FIGHTING FIRE

Largest Business Block In Wilkinsburg Was Destroyed.

FLOORING COLLAPSED

Firemen and Police Were Thrown Ruthlessly About and Very Seriously Injured in Their Duties.

PITTSBURG, Mar. 10. – Nine persons were injured, among them being Fire Chief CROMLISH, and street car traffic was tied up for five hours as the result of a fire early this morning, which destroyed the largest business block in Wilkinsburg. The fire started in a bakery in the Wallace building on Penn and Wood street and rapidly communicated to the Caldwell building adjoining. The loss conservatively estimated $300,000.

The injured are: Fire Chief CROMLISH; Street Commissioner W. G. EWING; Chief of Police DANIEL [illegible]; DAVID ANDERSON, fireman; Street Cleaning Superintendent WILLIAM F. KORB; PETER SHROTT, ROBERT WATSON, J. B. FISHER and ROBERT WILSON, all firemen.

The Wilkinsburg department was helpless and a general alarm was turned in. The high pressure of the water hampered the firemen as the hose would tear loose from the men directing the water with a convulsive wrench, knocking the men down like ten pins and lifting them up and down and banging their heads against the pavements. In this way all were injured except CROMLISH, who fell into the Wallace basement when the flooring collapsed.

The Wallace and Caldwell buildings were handsome three story structures of buff brick and constructed a year ago.

Warren Evening Mirror, Warren, PA 10 Mar 1908

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TWICE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS BY FIRE

R. C. DAUGHERTY, Formerly of Saltsburg, Burned Out at Wilkinsburg.

NINE MEN WERE INJURED.

In a disastrous fire which visited Wilkinsburg on Tuesday morning, the 10th inst., R. C. DAUGHERTY, formerly of Saltsburg, and who is well known in Indiana, suffered a considerable loss.

The fire started in the basement of the Wallace building, a three-story structure owned by Congressman JOHN DALZELL, and occupied by a number of business firms, which was completely destroyed. The flames spread to adjoining buildings and threatened to spread over a wide area of expensive properties. Engines from the Pittsburg fire department were hurried to Wilkinsburg and aided the local firemen.

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