Indianapolis Fights 20 fires in 10 hours

Issue 4 and Volume 114.

Indianapolis Fights 20 fires in 10 hours The Indianapolis Fire Department fought 20 fires, two of which were second alarms, between 7:20 a.m. and 5 p.m., January 23. Three firemen were injured and two residents were rescued by ladder at one of the extra-alarm fires, which swept a mansion once the home of Caleb Blood Smith, Secretary of the Interior in President Lincoln’s Cabinet. The rambling mansion had been converted to a 22-apartment residence. Among other blazes that day, the fire fighters fought a two-alarm fire in a warehouse about noon. Many of the men who worked at this fire barely had time to thaw out from the response in subfreezing weather, when they were called to the fire in the mansion at about 2:30 p.m. Most of the residents escaped before firemen arrived, but one young couple had to be brought down a ladder. Flames roared up the stair…

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