Bonfire Causes Heavy Fire Loss

Issue 9 and Volume 85.

Bonfire Causes Heavy Fire Loss Because of the thoughtlessness of a man who persisted in burning rubbish when winds were prevalent, Kenton, Ohio, is without its Grand Opera House, and two blocks were destroyed or badly damaged. The total loss was $100,000. Firemen were called from Findlay, Bellefontaine, Lima and Marion to assist the local fire-fighters. At one time it was feared that the entire south side of the public square would be destroyed. A brand from the bonfire was seen to have been carried by the wind through an open window of the opera house. Water pressure was good, and during the fire, the mains delivered 2,000 gallons a minute.

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