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Fire Traps at Ohio Penitentiary Produce Record Holocaust

Issue 9 and Volume 83.

Fire Traps at Ohio Penitentiary Produce Record Holocaust Culminating a Series of Prison Fires During the Past Twelve Months, Ohio Penitentiary Blaze Results in Loss of 317 Lives—Obsolete Buildings and Lack of Foresight Blamed PRISONERS in the State Penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio, in an effort to regain their freedom, set fire to several cell blocks that resulted in the death of over three hundred persons in the brief time of an hour. Conditions at the prison left much to be desired. The building was completed in 1898 and was designed for 1.500 persons. At the time of the fire, there were 4,300 persons housed there, four to a cell. The first alarm was sounded at 5:50 p.m. when all the inmates bad been locked in their cells for the night. The fire was discovered in the northwest section of the prison, in the roof of G and H cell blocks…

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