Toledo is Hard Hit.
A fire which caused a loss of $1,000,000. sweeping out several of the largest buildings in Toledo, O., and causing the loss of two lives, began at 6.30 o’clock Wednesday night. The Western Union office is completely burned out and also the Postal Telegraph. Telegrams are sent by long distance telephone and the Western Union to Detroit. The fire begun on the river front, in Quale’s elevator, and was probably caused by an explosion of dust. The gcnnral alarm was turned in and the twelve fire companies of the city responded. Captain Frazer of Company No. 1 took four of his men to the top of the elevator. The flames spread furiously through the lower part of the building, so that It could not be saved. Three explosions of dust followed soon after, and the burning building fell in a mass of ruins. Timbers were thrown in various directions, and dozens of people were struck by them, many of them being badly injured. Captain Frazer was burned to death, but his companions miraculously escaped. Julian Odell, a hose man in Company No. 6, was run over by his cart and was so badly injured that he died.
After the explosion the flames shot across Water street to the Chamber of Commerce building. King’s elevator and office building across Madison street also caught fire, and both buildings soon became wrapped in flames. The Chamber of Commerce building was a six-story stone building, containing about 120 offices and two banks. Wonderland Theatre was next dor to it on Summit street. Across Summit street from the Chamber of Commerce building, which extends from Summit to Water, is the Hartford and Government buildings. A terrific wind was blowing the flames straight toward them. The Hartford building was badly damaged, but by heroic work on the part of the firemen the progress of the flames was checked. About two hundred offices and business houses are burned out.
The fire was got under control about 9 o’clock. A riot alarm was turned in, to which four companies of militia and one of artillery, under command of Colonel H. S. Hunker, responded.