Spokane, WA Fire, May 1892

Two Men Are Missing

Probable That Lives Were Lost In a Fire at Spokane.

Their Property Loss Great.

A Number of Important Industrial Plants Burned.

Flames Leap Across a River to Complete Their Work of Ruin-The Loss in Detail.

Spokane, Wash., May 23.-Fire broke out this afternoon at 4:30 o’clock in the factory of the Spokane Mill Company on the river front. The flames spread with wonderful rapidity and in a few minutes the entire structure was ablaze. The employees had to run for their lives and three of them were injured in leaping from the windows of the building.

At 9 o’clock two of the employees are missing it is feared that they perished in the flames. The missing are:

ANDREW JOHNSON, frightful fracture of one of his legs.
WILLIAM GRENWOLD, leg badly sprained.
JAMES SMITH, badly burned on hands.

In spite of the efforts of the fire department the flames quickly spread to Echo roller mills, owned by Bravender & Kents, which were entirely consumed. The fire then jumped across the river and destroyed an oatmeal mill owned by Olney Wadhams, and the buildings of Washington Shingle Company. They also burned four cottages, damaged the Howard Street Bridge, the National Iron Works and a steam laundry.

The loss, as near as it can be figured tonight, is about $230,000, as follows: Spokane Mill Company, $100,000; Echo Mills, $90,000; Oatmeal Mill, $25,000; Washington Shingle Company, $2,500; National Iron Works, $500; four cottages, $3,000. The insurance is light.

Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 24 May 1892

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Big Fire at Spokane.

Spokane, Wash., May 23.-Fire broke out this evening in the factory of the Spokane Mill Company, on the river front. The flames spread with wonderful rapidity. Late tonight two employees are missing and it is feared they perished in the flames. They were ADOLPH SCHULTZ and a man named BUTCHER. The injured men are Andrew Johnson, Wm. Greenwold and James Smith. In spite of efforts of the fire department, flames spread to the Echo Roller mills owned by Bravender and Keats, which were entirely consumed. Fire then jumped the river and destroyed oat meal mills owned by Olney and Wadham and the building of the Washington Shingle Company. They also burned four cottages, damaged the Howard Street Bridge, the National Iron Works, and a steam laundry. Loss, as near as can be found out will be about $230,000.

Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, ND 24 May 1892

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Lives Lost at the Spokane Fire.

Spokane, Washington, May 24.-It is now known that four men perished in last night’s fire, and it is feared that others lost their lives. The missing men are ADOLPH SCHULTZ, L. H. CORNWELL, RICHARD BUTCHER, and a man named CUNNINGHAM. The charred remains of the first three were taken out of the ruins of the Spokane Mill Company this morning. Search is being continued for the others. It is thought that one or two men were drowned in the river.

The New York Times, New York, NY 25 May 1892