The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 2, 1977 · Page 14
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 14

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Sunday, October 2, 1977
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A-14 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRERSunday, October 2, 1977 Total Loss 0 0 0 w 111 ' f ff BY BARBARA REDDING AND BILL SCHICKEL Enquirer Reporters GREEN TWP.-Antonlo Marquez breathed deeply after surveying the rubble that was his fashionable two-story home until a tornado struck his neighborhood. His wife, Julie, was bleeding from several facial and other cuts. His two young sons, Leonard, six, and Edward, three, were slightly bruised and extremely frightened. Marquez himself sported a gash over the right eye. But Marquez was relieved. No one had been injured seriously. The family home at 5530 Seville Ct. was a total loss, the roof was torn off and the second floor had collapsed onto the first floor. The family, In the process of rushing downstairs from its second-floor bedrooms when the tornado struck, landed In the first-floor family room. AFTER CONCLUDING no one In his family was Injured seriously, Marquez shouted to his neighbors, "Is everybody okay?" No answer. Clad In his night clothes, the physician began digging his way out of the house to assist his neighbors. His neighbors were doing the same. They met in the street. Marquez assisted the injured before he, his wife and son, Edward, and 14 other persons were taken to area hospitals. The Mar-- quezes were among those treated and released but three persons were admitted. While at Providence Hospital getting treatment, Marquez said he assisted hospital personnel with the Injured. Not all the injured were as fortunate as the Ma -quezes. Mrs. Wllma Seltz ran out of her crumpled home shortly after the tornado struck screaming, "I can't find my four children." The two older children, Karen and Martin, were located Immediately. But Annette, 10, and Peter Seltz, 11, were trapped under heavy debris in the bedroom of their home at 5540 Seville Ct. It took 30 firemen and four power lifts 45 minutes to remove the debris. " ANNETTE WAS treated and released, but Peter was In fair condition in the Intensive care unit at Children's Hospital late Saturday. Tom Bell, a neighbor of Marquez, "When something like this happens you just do everything you can to help out. I am a religious man. I thank Ood we were spared." Bell's home, 5527 Seville Ct., was surrounded by houses smashed to the ground on the street where many of the fashionable homes were displayed in a home showcase years before. Bell's home was comparatively untouched. He was the only resident on the street whose telephone was not knocked out. A traditional Red Cross banner was hung from the front door and the quiet home on a dead-end street became the center of co-operation and confusion. BEDS UPSTAIRS were turned over to the injured. Sheriff Lincoln Stokes sat at the kitchen table compiling a list of Injured. His men were In nd out checking to see that everyone in the . neighborhood was accounted for. A woman came 2 funning In, thinking her six -year-old son was Inlsslng. Minutes later she found him playing In " the: street with a friend. jt . ' , -.j , 1 ' Y 4, Hi' , -m'' ' '1 Kill ..jM . -'JL, RREMEN PLACE tarp on Madisonsville" Presbyterian Church, where steeple was lost In high winds In eastern Cincinnati. Enquirer photos BY FRED STRAUB and TOM HUBBARD TWO CHILDREN, Annette and Peter Seltz, were trapped for about 45 minutes beneath a f alien wall (center) of their home, 5540 Seville Ct., after it was shattered by a tornado while they slept early Saturday morning. Thirty firemen delicately lifted fragments of the house to prevent the debris from collapsing on the children. h ? : ri -ft r 1 liPlii jk J' t Minn I ii '. 1 (K" " i t:: 'IV.V ;doCTOR ATTENDS to Annette and Peter Seitz, trapped in the home pictured above, who were on their way to a hospital in a life squad vehicle. Annette, 11, was treated and released; Peter, 10, was in fair condition in Childrens' Hospital intensive care unit. Most of the Seville Court residents were lucky and unharmed, such as Eddie Marquez, at right. Eddie was carried piggyback by a neighbor after the Marquez home was ruined by the tornado. A.

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