Wilkinsburg, PA Fire, Mar 1908

Nine men were more or less seriously injured while battling with the fire.

Mr. DAUGHERTY conducted a shoe store at 709 Penn Avenue, and his entire stock, valued at $17,000, was destroyed. Fortunately he carried insurance to the amount of $16,000. He was once before burned out when he conducted a shoe store at Leechburg.

Mr. DAUGHERTY married SARAH LOWRY, a daughter of MRS. NANCY LOWRY, and a sister of H. M. LOWRY, of town.

Indiana County Gazette, Indiana, PA 18 Mar 1908



Fire Chief Hurt and Nine Firemen Injured.


For Five Hours – High Water Pressure Hampered Work of Firemen. They Were Thrown Down and Knocked Around Like Ten Pins.

By United Press.
Pittsburg, Pa., March 10 – Nine persons injured, among them being Fire Chief CROMLISH, and street car traffic tied pu [sic] for five hours as a result of a fire early this morning which destroyed the largest business block in Wilkinsburg. The fire was started in a bakery in the Wallace building, corner Penn and Wood sts., and rapidly communicated to the Caldwell building adjoining.

The loss is conservatively estimated at $300,000 and the injured are Fire Chief CROMLISH, Street Commissioner W. G. EWING, Chief of Police DANIEL DONCASTER and DAVID ANDERSON fireman, Street Cleaning Superintendent WILLIAM F. KORB, PETER SHROTT, ROBERT WATSON, J. B. FISHER and ROBERT WILSON, all firemen of Wilkinsburg.

The department was helpless and a general alarm was turned in.

High pressure of the water hampered the firemen. 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 the heads against the pavement. In this wayy [sic] 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, constructed a year ago.

Evening Times, Cumberland, MD 10 Mar 1908