Cincinnati, OH Hotel Fire, Apr 1910



Cincinnati, April 25. -- Three persons are known to have lost their lives and at least half a dozen others are missing and are believed to have perished in a fire which practically destroyed the Hotel Thoma.

Three of the dead have been identified as WALTER G. CAMERON, a lawyer and brother of former County Coroner CAMERON, and HARRY LAWRENCE, a proofreader employed on a morning newspaper. The third body was that of JACOB HEFTY, an employe of the hotel.

The hotel was situated at Walnut and Sixth Streets, in the retail district.

Flames supposed to have been caused by crossed electric wires burst out of the elevator shaft in the basement of the hotel, a six-story wooden structure. Almost instantly the structure was on fire from cellar to dome.

"Run for your lives," was the warning cry which rang through the hallways of the building, and half dressed guests appeared at the windows to be rescued by waiting firemen.

The bodies were found in the ruined upper story, fully dressed. They had been suffocated.

The News Palladium Benton Harbor Michigan 1910-04-25

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