Cincinnati, OH Malt House Fire, Jan 1897

MALT HOUSE FIRE.

BIG BLAZE OCCUPIED CINCINNATI'S FIRE DEPARTMENT YESTERDAY.

LOSS ESTIMATED AT HALF A MILLION.

A POWDER HOUSE LOCATED NEAR THE SCENE OF THE CONFLAGRATION, HALPED MATERIALLY TO CLEAR THE STREETS OF CURIOUS SPECTATORS.

Cincinnati, Jan. 28. -- At 2 o'clock this morning a fire alarm rang followed immediately by a ten-blow summoning the entire available forces of the department to the big five-story malt house of HERMAN GOEPPER, between Vine and Race Streets and extending to Commerce Street, a depth of 150 feet. This building with its heavy stock of material was wholly destroyed except the walls. This was formerly the ALBERT SCHWILL & Co. malt house, and was recently purchased by HERMAN GOEPPER & Co. The loss on building and stock is estimated at $350,000. OVERMAN, SCHRADER & Co's cordage ware rooms in the same building were destroyed with contents, and their loss is included in the above estimate. All the burned property was on the north side of Commerce Street. On the south side of Commerce Street, extending to Front Street, was another section of the malt house equally as large and as well stocked as the one destroyed. The fire caught in this, and it looked as if the block was doomed including the large grocery and tobacco houses. But the firemen soon got the mastery. A powder house, two doors from the fire on Second Street, gave some alarm to spectators, and beat the police in clearing the streets until the danger was practically over. GOEPPER & Co. are fully insured. A rought estimate puts the total loss at from $300,000 to $500,000.

Morning Telegraph Eau Claire Wisconsin 1897-01-29