Cincinnati, OH Entire Block Up In Flames, Dec 1910

Downtown Cincinnati Fire

A 2 MILLION DOLLAR FIRE IN CINCINNATI.

AN ENTIRE BLOCK OF BUILDINGS ARE BURNED WHILE A HIGH WIND FANNED THE FLAMES.

Cincinnati, Dec. 22. -- Fire in the factory district of this city early today caused damage estimated at 2 million dollars, the death of a fireman and a boy and the injury of six other firemen.
The fire, which started at 2 o'clock was one of the most disastrous that the local fire department has had to deal with in many years. At the time the fire broke out a high wind was blowing. When the flames were finally brought under control ten firms had been burned out and eight large buildings destroyed.
The dead are ROBERT D. GREAR, a pipeman of Engine Company No. 4, and WALTER MORRIS, about 18 years old. The injured are Capt. W. T. TINLEY, Engine Company No. 4; FRANK HUMPHRIES, a pipeman; GEO. MORGAN, a pipeman; PHILIP HURLEY, fire marshall; JOHN LUHN, a fireman; WILLIAM HALL, a fireman.
Ten Firms Burned Out.
An entire block, from Ninth and Sycamore streets to Broadway, was swept by the flames.
The fire, it is believed, started in the engine room of the plant of the KRIPPENDORF & O'NEIL Company. Hardly had the fire been discovered when the flames leaped from almost every window from cellar to roof.
Death In Falling Walls And Pole.
While the fire was at its height a wall of the KRIPPENDORF building fell and buried ROBERT GREAR. His body was recovered. Four other firemen were also caught by the falling wall and all badly injured.
Hardly had these two men been taken to hospitals when an iron electric light pole, two hundred feet from the apparent danger zone of the fire, toppled over and crushed WALTER MORRIS. He died on the way to the hospital.

Chillicothe Constitution Missouri 1910-12-22