Montgomery County, Ohio
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News Stories of
Fires, Accidents, Train Wrecks
and other Calamities


A locomotive and freight train on the Toledo, Cincinnati & St. Louis road left the track here yesterday and rolled down a forty-foot embankment fatally injuring brakeman Vernor. The engineer and fireman were also severely injured. [Source: The Bismarck Tribune, June 15, 1883, Transcribed by L. Dietz]

One Man Fatally Hurt, Four Injured, Church and Some Lumber Destroyed.
DAYTON, May 1 - One man was fatally injured and four others severely hurt at a fire which destroyed a third of the lumberyard of the A. G. Berhart Lumber company, gutted the St. John's Lutheran church and destroyed four loaded freight cars.
The injured: Thomas Lawler, Matt Link, Charles Chamberlain, Burkhardt Kunkel and John Maley. Two fireman were overcome by heat. The fire originated in the lumberyard. High winds carried sparks to the roof of the church, two blocks away. Link and Chamberlain, who were working on the church roof, were cut off from escape by the flames and attempted to slide down the lightning rod. The rod broke when the men were 30 feet from the ground. Lawler, Kunkel and Maley were struck by falling embers and bricks. The loss is about $75,000. [Akron Daily (Akron, OH) Democrat, May 1, 1899, p4]

Dayton Ohio Explosion Took Three Lives
Dayton, O. Today – (AP) Three employees of the Thomas and Hochwalt chemical laboratories were killed today by an explosion of a large chemical tank which they were cleaning. The dead are George Conrad, Walter Besecker and Edward Puterbaugh. [Lebanon Daily News, November 20, 1931 - NP - Sub by FoFG]


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