Explosion in a Drug Store at Osceola Fire Kills Two Firemen
An explosion following a fire in the basement of the Frick drug store, on the south side of the business square, at Osceola, Ia., wrecked the store and set fire to the block of which it was a portion, on November 12. The alarm was sounded on the fire whistle at 1.10 a. m., arid before the fire was extinguished it had burned the drug store, a harness slore, insurance, law and doctor’s office and a hospital. The fire was stopped at a brick building, all the intervening frame structures being destroyed. The fire department, under Earl Coon, was greatly handicapped by lack of pressure. The explosion resulted in the death of two members of the department—R. L. Eggleston and G. G. Griffin—and injury of several others.” Had it not been for this explosion the firemen would have soon had the fire under control, but no sooner had they got to work than the explosion occurred, rendering all their efforts useless. The poor pressure made the four hydrant streams of little avail, and the men had great difficulty in preventing the further spread of the flames. After three hours’ work the fire was finally under control. The loss was very heavy, the value of the building being $150,000 and that of the contents $100,000.