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Report Issued on Ohio Penitentiary Fire

Issue 10 and Volume 83.

Report Issued on Ohio Penitentiary Fire A complete report on the fire that swept through the north wings of cell blocks of the Ohio State Penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio, has been issued by the Ohio Inspection Bureau, Columbus, Ohio. In this fire 320 convicts lost their lives and 133 others received injuries which may eventually cause death or permanent disability. The following is taken from the report and describes the story of the fire and how the flames were fought: “A gang of convicts engaged in construction work on the new concrete cell block, I and K, had discontinued operations about 4:00 P.M. for the day, or about an hour and a half before the fire was discovered, and the occupants of G and H cell blocks had been locked in for the night. Just who actually first observed the fire is unknown, but it was presumably seen by several…

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