FATAL FIRE IN CLEVELAND.
A fire, possibly of incendiary origin, took place in tne house of Thomas Clopek, of Cleveland, Ohio. One of his daughters, aged 9, was burned to death, a 6-year-old boy was badly injured, the father was burned and cut and twelve others were in danger of losing their lives. The blaze broke out about 2 o’clock a. m. in a backroom closet near the kitchen, all the family except two of the children being asleep in bed. When the 10-year-old boy, hearing the crackling of the flames, opened the kitchen door, smoke and flames burst out from the closets. He woke his mother, who, with her baby of a few months, was sleeping in the kitchen, then called his father, w’ho was in a second-story room, and ran eight blocks to turn in an alarm. Clopek broke a window with his fist, caught up his little son and jumped from the window, as all egress by the stairw’ay was cut off by the flames. He got a ladder and returned to the bedroom where one of his children, a 6-yearold boy and the girl who perished were sleeping. He stood at the window wdth the little boy in bis arms and threw him down into his other daughter’s extended arms. The child rolled out from his sister’s grip and. falling against the fence, was badly injured. The mother missed her 9-year-old daughter, and Fireman James Frieberg. of hook and ladder No. it, though badly burned, entered by the second-story window, rummaged about in the blazing rooms till he found the little girl alive, but so terribly burned that she died on the way to the hospital. The bed clothes w-ere afire when he found her unconscious from the smoke, and his own hurts were aggravated by his second contact with the flames. With Clopek and the little boy (who may not recover) lie was taken to the hospital.
At Charleston, W. Va., bids have been received for a new fire engine.