Fire Victim Award $20,000

Issue 6 and Volume 101.

Fire Victim Award $20,000 In the first verdict for families of the 132 victims of the 1944 explosion and fire at the East Ohio Gas Co. in Cleveland, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas jury recently awarded $20,000 damages to Mrs. Anna Klostermeyer. Her husband died of injuries she contended resulted from the blaze. Witnesses testified the victim died Jan. 13, 1945, of lung injuries from the fire. A total of 77 other suits amounting to $5,710,000 is pending in Cleveland courts against the Hope Natural Gas Co. and the Gas Machinery Co., the contractors who erected the storage tanks, one of which was reported to have been the source of the trouble.

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