Cincinnati, OH St. Xavier's Catholic Church Fire, Apr 1882


Catholic Church Burning at Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, Ohio, April 6.—St. Xavier’s Catholic Church is in flames. The entire Fire Department was called out at 1:25 a.m. tonight.

At 2 a.m. there is no hope of saving anything but the walls, and they may fall. The fire was discovered about 1 o’clock in rear of the church in the vicinity of the altar, and an alarm was given. It did not at first appear to be formidable, and it was half an hour before the full fire department was called.

The church is the largest and the most costly in the city, except the Cathedral. It has a splendid organ, and a most elaborate stone front and tower, supporting a splendid chime of bells. A new chime had been put in today. The entire interior at this time, together with the roof and the interior of the tower is aflame and the tower is expected to fall soon.

It is not know how the fire started.

Special Telegram to The Inter-Ocean.

Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 7 Apr 1882