Two Firemen Killed at a Fire at Toledo
Fire which started in the basement of a merchandise building in the congested district of Toledo, Ohio, resulted in the death of two firemen and the injuring of two others by falling floors. The structure was fifty years old, of brick construction, and arched partition walls, and occupied a space 60 by 150 feet. The fire was caused by an overheated gas floor furnace and was discovered early in the morning by the janitor, who telephoned the alarm. Chief L. H. Elling responded and found the fire coming through the first floor raditors and up the elevator shafts. The chief speedily had 25 streams on the fire, 18 engines and 7 hydrants. There were twenty hydrants, about 150 feet apart, with a pressure of 60 pounds, available. Chief Elling had 69 firemen assisting him at the fire and very effectively handled the fire despite the fact that windows were all blocked. The apparatus in service at the fire included: Nine steam fire engines, 12 combination hose and chemical wagons, 5 ladder trucks and 1 water tower. Eleven thousand nine hundred and fifty feet of cotton rubber-lined hose was used, and six lengths burst during the fire. The water tower with deck turret was used during the fire. The water supply was direct and gave sufficient pressure to furnish good plug streams. Chief Elling received credit for handling the fire under the many difficulties. The loss was $15,000 on a $20,000 building, and $55,000 on contents, consisting of paper and wooden ware.