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Newspaper Accounts of
Fires, Accidents, Train Wrecks and other Calamities

On the 25th ult., the extensive Bakery of George Sossman, in Chillicothe, was destroyed by fire – and two adjoining houses injured. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Penn.) February 22, 1831]

Firemen Race to Quell Fire Aboard Trailer
Firemen frequently run to fires, but seldom do they have to chase after a fire as they did here Sunday morning.  Someone spotted smoke coming from a trailer full of furniture as it passed number one fire station on East Second Street, at 10:04 AM.  While Pete Wagner went ahead in an auto to stop the trailer, Lieutenant Fred Steele and engineer driver Howard Paton and gave chase in the number one truck.  The trailer was halted at Paint and Sixth Street, where the blaze was extinguished with a booster line with a loss of about $100.  Was believed the fire may have started from a carelessly tossed cigarette.  The trailer and furniture belong to Zenaider Ferguson of Logan, West Virginia.  [Chillicothe Gazette. June 12, 1950. Submitted by Carla Mascara]

Fog Blamed for Collision
Fog was blamed for a two car accident at 6:00 AM Monday on U.S. route 23 near the junction of Route 159.  Henry S.  Nance, 36, Franklin Furnace, was passing a northbound truck when he sideswiped an oncoming car driven by Vaughn Champion, 46 of Southport, Connecticut.  Mr. Nance told state of officers he failed to see the approaching car because of the dense fog which covered the area.  Both cars are heavily damage.  Mr. Nance was arrested by officers for passing without assuring clear distance the head.  He pleaded guilty to the charge when arraigned in municipal court and was fined $15.00 and costs. [Chillicothe Gazette. June 12, 1950. Submitted by Carla Mascara]


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