Toledo, OH Fire, Jan 1894


Toledo, O., Visited by a Conflagration---Large Business Houses Burned.

The Fire Started in an Elevator and a Strong Wind Carried the Flames

Cleveland, O., Jan 3.---A telephone message from Toledo says that fire is raging there, which threatens the destruction of a good part of the business section of the city. The fire started early this evening in Quayle's elevator, on the river, at the corner of Walter and Madison streets, and spread with alarming rapidity. Quayle's elevator, which was filled with grain, was entirely consumed. The flames leaped across Madison street to King's elevator, which was also destroyed. Next the Chamber of Commerce, occupying the block on Madison street between Walter and Summit, was atacked[sic] and gutted. In the Chamber of Commerce building were the Second national bank, Spitzer's bank, the Western Union telegraph company and about sixty business offices. At the corner of Madison and Summit the firemen made a determined fight, but it is now believed that the fire will eat its way through the block between Summit and St. Clair streets. Directly in its path lie a number of fine buildings. A strong wind is blowing directly from the river carrying the flames with it. Appeals have been sent to Detroit and this city for engines and help will be sent on special trains.

It is reported that three men were burned to death at Quayle's elevator, where the fire started. The loss thus far is estimated at $500,000.

A message from Toledo at 9 p. m. says that the fire is under control and telegraphic communication will soon be restored.


Toledo, O., Jan. 3.---Fire to-night caused a loss of fully $500,000. It broke out a few minutes after 6 o'clock in the elevator of F. H. Quayles & Co. The cause is as yet unknown. An explosion of dust caused a general alarm. The elevator, with its contents, was entirely destroyed. A strong northwestern wind carried the flames across Madison street to the elevator and business block of C. A. King & Co., which is also a total loss. The flames also spread westward across Water street to the rear of a large five story business block, known as the Chamber of Commerce building, owned by Hon. T. P. Brown and occupied by the Western Union telegraph company, the American district company and a large number of offices, which were also destroyed. From here the flames spread to a building five stories high, occupied as a museum and known as "Wonderland," managed by C. H. Moore. This was gutted by the flames within a few minutes. The next building was the wholesale drug store of West & Traux, which is also a total loss. A strong fire wall checked the flames in this direction. In the rear of this building is the office of the Postal telegraph company, the manager of which removed all the telegraphic communication for a time, as the Western Union office and instruments were destroyed in toto. A two-story block on the northwest corner of Walter and Madison streets, diagonally across from the Quayles elevator, was also destroyed.

By 9 o'clock the fire was fully under control, although the wind having shifted the fire commenced working to the north along the river front. Young & Backus elevator, the first building of the kind built in the city, caught repeatedly, but it withstood the fury of the flames. It is an abandoned building, and those behind it were scarcely more than scorched.

A fire started from some unknown cause in the wholesale drug house about 6:30 this evening. The entire four stories were shortly beyond saving.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 4 Jan 1894


Toledo, OH Elevator Fire, Dec 1894

Toledo, Dec. 29.--One of the most destructive fires that has ever visited this city for many months occurred this morning, and resulted in the loss of one life and did damage of over half a million dollars. At 8 o'clock flames were discovered in the Dayton and Michigan elevator, on the east side of the river, and in a location where it was difficult for the firemen to render any assistance. The fire had not burned an hour when the roof of the mammoth elevator fell in and covered in the debris a faithful employe, name John Dandelion. The elevator was surrounded on three sides by water and no aid could be rendered. One small residence at the side of the elevator was burned. The elevator was only a few years old and cost $190,000. There were 625,000 bushels of grain in the building valued at $335,000. Both building and contents were an entire loss. Never in the history of Toledo has a fired burned so rapidly or with so much obstinacy. In half an hour after the alarm was sounded the massive building was a sea of flame, and water poured on it turned into steam and did little good. When the roof fell and covered Dandelion in the debris, there was no hope of rescuing him. The grain will probably burn for three or four days. The loss is fully covered by insurance.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 29 Dec 1894


The burning of elevator B of the Dayton and Michigan Railroad company involved a loss of one life. Chris Dandelon, an old employe, was unable to escape. ...

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 31 Dec 1894