Louisville, KY Explosion and Fire, Dec 1891

Forty girls were at work wrapping candy on the fourth floor and all were not able to escape. The fire was out at 11 o’clock and then the work of taking out the bodies began. The bodies of six girls have already been taken out burned beyond identification.

G. T. Menne, brother of the senior member of the firm, is supposed to have burned to death, and the firemen think at least five other girls will be found as soon as the hot embers will permit a thorough search.

The fire cut off escape by the stairway leading from the fourth floor where the girls were at work. Many jumped from the windows to a second story projection and escaped with broken limbs and bruised bodies. Others got out unhurt.

The loss on Menne & Co.’s building and stock is placed at $75,000 and the total loss will be nearly three quarters of a million. The flames were stopped at George W. Wicks & Co.’s cotton house.

The bodies of the girls were removed as soon as possible to the nearest undertaking establishment. Two of the girls have just been identified as MARY WELSH, of 204 Fourth street and AMELIE DICKEY.

REVISED LIST OF THE DEAD.

At 1 o’clock the body of CHARLES KEMMEL, the partner in the firm, was reached at the candy factory, and a little later two bodies supposed to be those of CLARA ROUCH and WILLIAM HULSEHERMER. This leaves three more supposed to be in the ruins at that point.

The dead recovered at Menne & Co.’s are: LULU KERN, CARRY LOCKHARDT, BARBARRA BELL, AMANDA DICKEY, WILLIAM HULSEMEIR, CHARLES KIMMEL and CLARA ROUCHE.

Missing and certainly dead at the Coon paper company’s are Tom Moore, Same Baker, Will Davis, Ton Schlick and all of No. 1 Hook and Ladder company.

Ida Bell Parker, James Mundweiler and Thomas Buckholser, who worked at Mennes & Co’s are also missing this afternoon, but their relatives have not been heard from to-night.

Injured: Katie McGarvey, leg broken and internal injuries; Theresa Holthaus, head bruised; Edward Ininger, body bruised; Lillie Greenwald, slightly bruised; Major Hughes, seriously cut about the head; James Nutall, engineer of the “fives”; internal injuries and injured about the hips and spine; Pat Sheehy, ladder man No. 1 hook, badly cut about wrist and arm; Allen Grimes, candy-maker, internal injuries; Henry Weatherford, fireman, sprained wrist.

Fire Chief Hughes has not concussion of the brain, although he was unconscious for several hours after he was hurt.

The report that Frank Mennes was caught in the ruins arose from the loss of Jimmell, a partner of Mennes.

How the fire originated is still unknown in both cases.

Losses $750,000, with an insurance of $450,000.

The Aspen Weekly, Aspen, CO 12 Dec 1891