Chautauqua Lake Ice Co fire-Josiah Hanna

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Chautauqua Lake Ice Co fire-Josiah Hanna - FIFTEEN YERE LOST IN THE PITTSBURG FIRE. MTJCII...
FIFTEEN YERE LOST IN THE PITTSBURG FIRE. MTJCII WHISKEY, EXPLODES w WAREHOUSE BLAZE. IN IX HUNDRED BARRELS BLOWN UP EIGHTEEN DEAD BODIES FOUND, AND AT LEAST TEN MORE IN THE RUINS NINE- NINE- TEEN INJURED THE PROPER. TY LOSS OVER $1,500,000 MACHINERY MACHINERY LOST. for Miss the day Titt8BTJbo, P, wb. J a Eighteen lives were lost, nineteen people sustained sustained serious injuries and $1,500,-000 $1,500,-000 $1,500,-000 worth of property destroyed in the fire which started in the three-story three-story three-story cold storage warehouse of the Chautauqua Lake Ice company last Bight . - The list of dead is as follows: Lieutenant of Police Berry. John Dwyer. , William Scott, Jr. Stanley Sipe. George Loveless. iWUiam A. Wallrobensteln, 'Josiah. Hanna. ' t ' William Smith. It is believed that at least ten more dead bodies are in the ruins, which are still too hot to be moved. The property loss will reach 81,500,- 81,500,- 000 and may exceed that amount The estimated' losses are: Union Storage company, 8775,000; Hoeveler's storage warehouse and contents, 8600,000; Chautauqua Lake Ice company, $150, AAA i nr-k nr-k nr-k uuu;( smau Pennsylvania avenue houses, 5, 000; total, 81,550,000. The merchandise ' in the Union Storage house consisted of whisky and wool. The first story was occupied by the Chautauqua Lake Ice company and a local office of the Union Storage company. company. The second floor front contained contained the stables of the ice company, and in the Twelfth street end they had their ice making plant, which occupied occupied the three first floors. This was filled with valuable ice-making ice-making ice-making machinery. machinery. The balance of the building building was occupied by the storage company. Immediately upon the discovery discovery of fire an alarm was turned in, but owing to the . construction of the .building it was practically impossible impossible to fight the fire from without, without, while the volume of smoke inside inside the particular division in which the fire occurred made it impossible to fight it from within. The only openings In the three fire walls divid-- divid-- divid-- Ing the great buildings were closed by heavy iron doors and these were locked. For three hours the firemen worked, scarcely knowing what they were doing. The iron shutters were Impregnable to their attacks. The smoke that found its way out of the building filled Mulberry alley and Pike street, stifling the firemen and rendering them practically sightless. At 11 o'clock the flames burst out through the roof and shot upward 100 feet in , the air, making a part of the city as light as day. This was the first note of alarm that started the flight of residents from their homes on Pike, Thirteenth and Twelfth streets. Women and children started forth barefooted and in their night clothes, followed by their husbands, husbands, bearing what little they could carry in their arms of their household effects. A SERIES OF EXPLOSIONa Suddenly above the roar of the flames and the pulling of the fire en trines which were every where, came the more powerful noise of an explo' sion. Those within the fire lines were eeen to fall in all directions. Those outside the lines were not without the reach of danger. The great puff of . air,' created by the explosion seemed to make everything sway and sbake. It was upon the Mulberry alley side where the least danger was antici pated, the greatest volume of smoke and preliminary outbursts of flame having come out of the Pike street ' side, that the force of the explosion was most severe and there the greatest number of fatalities took place. The falling walls crushed in the rear of the buildings having fronts on Pennsylvania Pennsylvania avenue. The side of the Hoeveler building on Pike street was also crushed in and an entry made for the flames. At Thirteenth Street end of the warehouse the most terrible effect of the explosion was manifest. The entire front was piled into the street Explosion followed explosion for about half an hour between between 12 and 1 o'clock. Burned out walls came toppling down and firemen, firemen, policemen aui spectators were rendered almosi powerless to act by the sense of awo and terror which the scene inspired. About half past 1 o'clock a particularly particularly heavy explosion occurred and part of the heavy wall of the storage house toppled over upon the roofs of the houses and into the cm vard. The firemen at work there escaped by the narrowest chance. In the meantime the scene on Pike Street was even more awe inspiring. The instant following the first big explosion explosion the warehouse of Hoeveler fe . Co. caught fire, and this was followed by the falling in of the walls of the building of the Chautauqua Lake Ice company. As the wall fell the men of No 12 engine company had hardly time to get away from the spot when - the line of hose and pipe was buried beneath tons of debris. . The Hoeveler warehouse, though new, was of ordinary construction and presented all that wus needed in the way of material for a fierce fire. Added to this was the nature of its contents, 600 barrels of whisky.. One after another of these barrels ex ploded, throwing blazing beams and rafters, masses of stone and brick into the air and scattering the firemen, police and spectators. city. les the has con to E. Li. low W. a a A an j . to a a

Clipped from The Leavenworth Times11 Feb 1898, FriPage 6

The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas)11 Feb 1898, FriPage 6
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