Bad Blaze at Newark, Ohio.

Issue 26 and Volume 45.

Bad Blaze at Newark, Ohio. What would undoubtedly have been one of the fire tragedies of the last ten years occurred at Newark, Ohio, on June 17, when the theatre in the Memorial auditorium was burned. The building is one of the worst fire traps in the city, consisting—to quote Chief Bausch—of “four large brick walls with several carloads of cheap pine lumber between them.” The fire occurred at 1:45 a. m. Up to 10:30 the previous night the theatre was jammed with a record audience witnessing a performance given by three hundred and fifty school children in honor of the G. A. R. veterans. The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is thought that a careless smoker in the gallery is responsible. The only means of communication between the crowded gallery and the main auditorium—a dark, narrow passageway—was entirely burned out; a striking feature of the disastrous…

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