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Lima, OH Allen County Courthouse Fire, Jan 1929

Allen CountyCourthouse, Lima OH early 1900s Allen CountyCourthouse, Lima OH early 1900s

Two Firemen Killed in Ohio Courthouse Fire

LIMA, Ohio, Jan. 7 (AP). - Two firemen were killed Monday when part of the roof of the burning Lima County [sic] courthouse fell, burying them.

They were Capt. John Wolfe and Fireman John Fisher. Together with Fireman Frank Kinzer they were working on the second floor of the building when the roof crashed. There is an eight-foot space between the ceiling of the second story and the floor of the third, and the fire is said to have started in there, presumably from a blow torch being used to thaw frozen pipes.

Many county records are believed to have been destroyed by the fire.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, 8 Jan 1929


Lima, Ohio Courthouse Fire

John Wolfe and John Fisher died in the Allen County Courthouse fire in 1929.

From the Lima, Ohio website

article | by Dr. Radut