Accidents, Fires & Other Calamities

Eleven Known to Have Perished and Two People Are Missing—Started in the Boiler Room.

Fort Wayne, May 5. —No more bodies have been recovered from the ruins of the Aveline Hotel today, though it is possible one or two are still in the debris. Relatives of Charles Benjamin of Detroit refuse to accept either of the unidentified bodies as his, declaring that lack of a certain mark eliminates them. Work in the ruins stopped this morning, a high wind making the walls unsafe. E. M. Matthews of Columbus, Ohio, who Buffered a broken back, is alive. All Other injured are out of danger.

Source:Date: Wednesday, May 6, 1908 Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, Indiana) Page: 1


Fort Wayne. Ind.. May 5. — Up to this writing no bodies have been found since 4 a. m. yesterday in the ruins of the New Aveline Hotel. At that hour a charred trunk was taken out and Dr. Hoffman, a dentist of Auburn Identified the body as that of Frank C. Baxter, an attorney of that place. Identification was made possible by the teeth. All the bodies recovered except two have been claimed by friends and most of them taken away, The injured in the hospitals are all doing well except E. M. Matthews, of Columbus, O. who it is thought cannot survive over today.

The body taken out yesterday makes eleven known victims. One unidentified body is now thought to be that of R. E. Trude?, a land agent of Delhart, Tex. The only persons known to be missing are Charles Benjamin of Detroit, and Herman Seligman of New York. It is practically established that the fire started in the boiler-room in the basement The timbers leading from the engine-room, which were uncovered by the firemen, show the path way of the flames to the elevator shaft

Source:Date: Wednesday, May 6, 1908 Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, Indiana) Page: 1

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Harry HAMMILL, of Fort Wayne, was thrown from his carriage yesterday in a runaway accident, and he lay for several hours in the roadway before his condition was discovered. His condition is dangerous.

Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 8 December, 1890

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FORT WAYNE, Ind., Dec 2. The Leikauf Packing Company, located in the Hake building, on Wells street, burned out this morning. The fire was caused by an overheated stove. A quantity of meat and lard valued at $3,000 was lost. The second floor was partly destroyed and the contents consisting entirely of wool was damaged by smoke and water to the extent of $3,000. All was fully ensured as follows; Phoenix, $2,000; Western Assurance. $4,500: Traders',.$5,000; Associated Underwriters,
$2,000; Caledortican, $3,000; Westchester- Fire $2,&00; Scottish Union and National, $2,000; British American, $1,000; Hamburg-Bremen, $5,000; National Fire insurance, $3,000; Connecticut Fire, $1,500; Detroit Fire and Marine, $1,000; Reading. $2,000; Lion. London. $1,500; Greenwich, $1,500; Atlas, $1,500; Northern Assurance, 11,000; Tuetonia, $1,000; Insurance of North America, $1,000; Grand Rapids, Mich.,$1,000; total. $41,000.

Source: Indiana State Journal December 9, 1896

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