Cincinnati, OH Carpet Store Fire, Apr 1897
THE CARPET STORE OF THE GEORGE F. OTTE
Cincinnati, April 5. -- At 1 a.m., an automatic fire alarm notified the central fire tower of a blaze starting in the George F. Otte company's carpet store on the south side of Fourth Street, one door west of Race.
The entire fire department was called out and a battle royal began. Otte's entire stock, valued at $300,000, was insured for $150,000, was destroyed in less than two hours. The entire interior of the Otte building was burned out and the rear wall fell into Baker alley.
The fire communicated to the roof of Henry Rosenbaum's cloak manufacturing establishment at the corner of Race and Fourth Streets. It was confined to the top story, however, and otherwise Rosenbaum's damage is wholly by water, fully insured. Across the street from Rosenbaum's was the St. Nicholas Hotel. The total loss to buildings and stock will be $400,000. The buildings belong to the Eckstein estate and are fully insured.
The fire started in the top story of Otte & Company's carpet store.
Portsmouth Daily Times Ohio 1897-04-05