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Under Hot Bricks

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Parent Issue
Day
19
Month
March
Year
1895
Copyright
Public Domain
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Toledo, O., March ís.- The roundhouse of the Wabash Kailroad company in thïa city, located at the foot of South street on the dook front, burned to the ground. Three-quarters of an hour after the flrst alarm was sent In the gouthwest wall of the building, 60 feet in clrcuinfereace, feil in, burying twelve men underneath it. Two of them were instantly killed, a tlúrd died a short time after being taken out of the dobris, und the others wero all badly hurt, one probably fataliy. All but one, John Bowen, were employés of the Wabash. The dead ure: R. H. Bohlman, skull crushed. internally iujurcd; J. J. Frestun, back broken. skull orushed killed instantly; .John Bowen, skull crushed, internally injured, killed iustantly. Klght UtlK'i's Ature or Les llurt. Vol luw ing are the injured: F. H Howard, head bruised, face cut, and slightlv burnod; Joliu Lüary, log broken, arm cru-hed, skull fracturad, may die; Patrlck McDonogh, skull Irncrui-ed. shoulder broken; Martin Green burg, he.nl out; Harry Ziinmerinan, leus Rpralned, body bruised; Cuspe r Beeker, head bruised, shoulder gpruined; iienry Gerding, head bruised and eut; T. C. Lauer, head and neck sprained, head cut. When the ürst alarm ol Ür: was giren General Foreman Howard surninoned the oompany's private fire departnient, cunsisting of iifteen men, to the scène and v stream of water wasdlreeted townrds the blaze, but with little effect, as a heavy wind waf blowinsr. Koof Fnlls in oo the lLiiLiufcS. When Fire Chief Mayo reaohed the lire ie saw there was danger of the llanus rcaching the oil house, repair shops, and the Wabash elevator, all in close proximIty, and he immediately sent. in n genorul alarm. Meanwbilo the road'a lire company had direeled lts etïorts toward smothering tho flames in tho southeast ead of the struoture, which menaced the oil house, and tho fire at this point was held fairly in check. The roof was now all ablaze aud threatened to collapse evBry moment, but tlie ialling of the wall was not at this time anticipated. Bat thï irun bracos snpporcing the roof expanded in the Intense hoat, and the frail ir ame eovering gave way wich a mufflod roar, falling in on the stalled entines. lw. lve Out ot 1'iJla.u Chiug; t. At this moment the southwest wall, 18 feet high and IS inches thick, was seen to tol tur ontward trom the lateral pressure of th; fuüiug roof, and a yell went up to apprise of their danger the flfteen men at work at this portion of the building. The warning eaino too late, and twelvo of the men were buried in a pile of bricks several feet high. That only two were killed outright was nothing short oí miraculous. Ktreams of water wero poured on the smoking debiis, and as soon as possible the work of rescue began. Preston and Bowen were buried completely aud were dead souie time beiore their bodies were reached. ïney were badly crushed, Bowen's features not being rocognizaWe. rrojurly Luss Reaohcs 1 011,000. The flremeu had a stubboru iight with the now dooiued round -house, the heavy wind greatly aiding the stubbom üames. It waa not practically under control until it had destroyed all that was inflammable of the building. The property loss is estiinated ut $IOU,UOO, probably insured. The rouud-house, which hiul a oapacity of twenty loeoinotivi's, contained only six engrnea and these are all badly dumaged. A Wheeling and Lake Erie coal car and n Baltimore and Ohio box car were conaumed. ÏHo More Woumïed Men Found. Late last night two more men were fouud who were iujured by the falling wall. They are: J. Finlay, an engineer, of Andrews, Iud. ; George Towers, a machinist - both in the employ of the Wabash. Finlay is quito seriously hurt. His j chest was orushed, and he sustained a severe scalp wound. Towers has a fractured leg and is more or lens bruised.

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Ann Arbor Argus
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