1909 - ELYRIA FIRE LOSS $150,000. FIRE BREAKS OUT IN FIVE STORY BUSINESS BLOCK WIPING IT OUT ENTIRELY. OTHER BUILDINGS ARE DAMAGED.
CLEVELAND IS CALLED UPON FOR HELP BUT IT WAS SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE THE FLAMES WERE UNDER CONTROL. ABOUT 75 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL LOSS IS COVERED BY INSURANCE. FIRE MAY HAVE ORIGINATED IN ELK LODGE ROOMS - LIST OF LOSSES AND INSURANCE ON DESTROYED PROPERTY.
Elyria, April 14. - Fire early today wiped out the Elyria block, a five-story business building, the American theater, a livery stable, damaged the Hotel Andwur and several adjoining buildings. The total damage is estimated at $150,000. No one was injured. Cleveland was called upon for fire fighting apparatus to assist in conquering the flames. It was several hours before the fire was under control. The fire started in the Elk lodge rooms on the fifth floor of the Elyria block. The fire burned out the Elyria Saving & Trust company; O'Donnell Bros., wall paper; W. H. Barnes, shoes; the Eldred company, books and stationery; the Elyria Business College; the Elks lodge; W. T. Wilder, livery; the American theater and several smaller places, including offices and frame dwellings. The damage to the Hotel Andwur was slight, although the guests were routed out of bed early.
Opinions differ as to the cause of the fire. Some say it was due to a lighted cigar stub carelessly thrown in a corner of the lodge room during a 'smoker' given by the Elk lodge last night. The fire chief says the fire was started by crossed electric wires upon the roof of the Elyria block. After the fire gained headway it spread so rapidly to other parts of the building that the block was a mass of flames inside and beyond control when the fire was discovered. Despite the frantic efforts of the local fire department the blaze quickly spread to the adjoining buildings.
It was then that the Cleveland fire department was called upon for assistance. The Cleveland apparatus arrived about three hours late, and by 8 o'clock the fire was completely under control, but not until after the Elyria block and the opera house were in ruins. The work of the fire fighters was confined to saving the Hotel Andwur which was gutted by the fire two years ago. While the fire did not reach the interior of the hotel to any great extent, the two buildings being separated by a narrow alley, yet there was an incipient panic among the guests. Smoke filled the hallways and the guests were sent skurrying to the street in scanty attire. After shivering in the street for a few minutes they saw that the hotel was in no immediate danger and returned to their rooms, completed their dressing and obtained their personal effects. Fully 75 per cent of the fire loss is covered by insurance.
The Mansfield News
April 14, 1909
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