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List of the Big fires: 1920-1976

NAME

ADDRESS

DATE

SIZE

LOSS

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1301 Summit

April 11, 1920

2nd Alarm and specials

$106,376 loss

Immaculate Conception Church Plus 5 damaged houses

Eastern and Maumee

April 29, 1920

Second Alarm and specials

Loss undetermined

Harter Candy Co.

114-116 Huron Street

Nov. 18, 1921

-

$84,000 loss

Del-Mar Apartments

2354 Monroe Street

December 26, 1922

Second Alarm and specials

$83,700 loss

New York Central Freight House

Monroe Street

February 15, 1923

-

$200,000 loss

Hettrick Bros. Co.

1236 Oakwood Ave.

February 20, 1923

Second Alarm and specials

$168,000 loss

Eckhardt Monumental Co.

3043 Monroe St.

December 20, 1924

2nd Alarm

$70,000 loss

Sts Peter and Paul Church

738 5. St. Clair St.

February 7,1926

2nd Alarm

$70,000 loss

Mauk Lumber Co.

Elm and George St.

November 22, 1926

2nd Alarm and specials

$154,000 loss

Congregational Church

Collingwood and Acklin

Feb. 5, 1927

Caused by a gas explosion rocking the West end, three persons killed instantly - 2nd Alarm and specials

$124,948 loss

Northwestern Ohio Savings - Blair Realty

232 Superior Street

July 23, 1929

2nd Alarm and specials

$150,000 loss

Toledo Grain and Milling

Harrison and Mill

July 28, 1929

2nd Alarm and special call

$191,673 loss

Northgate Manor

711 Locust

April 22, 1930

-

$83,000 loss

American Railway Express Co.

211 5. St. Clair St.

May 17, 1930

3rd Alarm and specials

$22,395 loss

Union Station

Morris and Williams

June 10, 1930

2nd Alarm - special for 4 pumpers

$300,000 loss

Brown Transportation Co.

624 Brown Ave.

July 21, 1930

2nd Alarm

$52,551 loss

Alemite Garage

524 State Street

October 10, 1930

3rd Alarm

$52,000 loss

American Wall Paper Co.

622 Jackson

March 22, 1931

-

$59,194 loss

National Milling Co.

2221 Front St.

May 21, 1931

3rd Alarm

$332,120 loss

Western Auto

231 Superior

June 28, 1932

3rd Alarm

$60,000 loss

Temple Theater

225 St. Clair St.

February 10, 1933

3rd Alarm

$112,000 loss

Kelsey and Freeman Lumber Company

1225 Indiana Ave.

May 2,1937

4th Alarm

$118,455 loss

First Westminster Presbyterian Church

Orange and Huron

July 15, 1937

3rd Alarm

$60,000 loss

Holy Rosary Parish

2545 York St.

January 28, 1938

2nd Alarm and specials

$83,000 loss

Lanes Cut Rate Clothing & A & P Store

502 Summit Street

May 5,1938

3rd Alarm and specials - 5 story brick commercial

$130,000 loss

Walbridge Park Concessions

Broadway

October 26, 1938

3rd Alarm

Loss undetermined

Willys Overland Motors Inc.

Central Ave.

September 8, 1938

4th Alarm - 14 brick buildings

$94,000 loss

Doehler Die Casting Co.

2100 Smead

July 4,1939

2nd Alarm

$197,824 loss

Home Furniture Co.

Jackson and Water

June 2, 1940

2nd Alarm and specials

$36,370 loss

St. Vincent Hospital

2213 Cherry St.

July 16, 1940

3rd Alarm

Loss undetermined

D.J. Marleau Hardware

3602 N. Detroit

Feb. 8, 1940

3rd Alarm

$50,000 loss

National Terminal and other buildings

110 Ottawa

June 6,1941

2nd Alarm and specials

$150,000 loss

Tugboat - William A. Whitney

Front Street

September 26, 1942

Twelve crew members burned

$110,000 loss

2 story frame duplex

1005-1007 W. Woodruff

Feb. 17, 1943

2nd Alarm

Fireman Howard Ripple burned to death in the attic.

Michigan Bean Co.

1310 Elm Street

October 11, 1943

2nd Alarm and specials

$190,000 loss

Colony Business Block

2100 W. Central Ave

Jan. 12, 1944

3rd Alarm and specials - Fireman James Fakehany lost his life in the basement. Fire started in basement near bowling alleys.

  $500,000 loss

Fiske Refinery

Oakdale

September 27, 1943

2nd Alarm and specials

$350,000 loss

Harry’s Auto Store

444 Summit St at Jackson

Jan. 20, 1944

4th Alarm and specials - 5 story accessory building damaged.

$242,740 loss

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915 Indiana

January 30, 1945

Five children of Mrs. Henriette Johnson burned to death. Heating stove exploded.

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D.J. Marleau Hardware

3516 N. Detroit

August 4,1945

3rd Alarm

$75,000 loss

St. Vincent de Paul

114 Huron St.

October 15, 1945

3rd Alarm and specials

Loss undetermined

Goodwill Industries

627 Huron Street

April 12, 1946

3rd Alarm and specials

$100,000 loss

Roanoke Hotel and United Moving and Storage Co.

712 Superior

November 13, 1947

3rd Alarm and specials

Loss undetermined

Page Dairy Co.

301 Wade

March 8, 1948

27 persons hospitalized and two men died when an ammonia drum was exploded by a welding torch blowing a 20’ by 40’ hole through the wall.

$150,000 loss

Commercial Metal Treating Co.

1608 Tracy

December 5,1948

2nd Alarm and specials

$235,000 loss

Loyal Order Moose

802 Cherry

May 2,1949

3rd Alarm

Loss undetermined

615 Adams

Business block

August 26, 1949

-

$67,038 loss

Collingwood Presbyterian Church

2108 Collingwood

Jan. 8, 1950

2nd Alarm

$71,000 loss

Precter Electric Co.

-

January 26, 1950

-

$100,000 loss

Swan Creek Lumber Co.

-

March 18, 1950

3rd Alarm and specials

$350,000 loss

Modern Furniture Co.

Summit Street

June 12. 1950

3rd Alarm

$158,000 loss

St. Paul’s Epicopal Church

4th and Euclid

March 13, 1951

3rd Alarm

Unable to determine

Banana Distributing Warehouse

347 S. Erie St.

April 15, 1951

2nd Alarm and Specials

$50,000 loss

Spring School

Stickney and Spring

June 5,1951

$140,000 loss

3rd Alarm

Ohio Tool Co.

1730 Norwood

February 1,1952

2nd Alarm and Specials

$220,000 loss

Hettrick Manufacturing Co.

1401 Summit Street

February 12, 1952

2nd Alarm

$68,000 loss

Lucas County lumber Co.

2216 Consaul Street

September 1,1952

3rd Alarm and specials

$369,000 loss

Buckeye News Co.

2021 Adams

Nov. 13, 1952

3rd Alarm and specials

$165,000 loss

O&M Seed

800 Mill Street -

December 17, 1952

3rd Alarm and specials

  $116,000 loss

Recreation Bowling Alleys

929 Phillips

January 8,1953

3rd Alarm

Loss undetermined

Moore Ford Sales Co.

2929 Monroe Street

November 10, 1955

2nd Alarm and specials

$200,000 loss

Horn Hardware

1222 Broadway

January 2,1956

2nd Alarm and 4 specials

$125,000 loss

Hy-Grade Meat Co.

21 Superior Street

February 13, 1956

2nd Alarm - An explosion leveled buildings at 17, 19,15,13,23, and 25 Superior Street. 3 men killed

No fire loss

Olimphia Bowling Alley

- -

March 29, 1956

2nd Alarm

$300,000 loss

Leader Department Store

1025 Sylvania Ave.

January 25, 1958

3rd Alarm and specials

$106,000 loss

Feaks Restaurant

235 Superior

April 5,1958

2nd Alarm and 2 specials

$141,000 loss

South Side Lumber Co.

1307 Prouty Ave.

September 7,1958

2nd and Specials

$107,000 loss

Epworth Methodist Church

545 W. Delaware

September 7,1958

3rd and specials

$268,353 loss

S. S. Distributers

1100 W. Central

September 20, 1958

3rd and specials - Ken Williams killed

$158,000 loss

Continental Grain Co.

2404 Summit Street

May 16, 1959

2nd Alarm and 3 specials

$187,000 loss

Bendix Steel Drum

1044 Hanson St.

August 3,1959

2nd and 3 specials

$352,164 loss

Lagrange Builder Supply

29 Lucas Street

January 26, 1961

2nd Alarm and specials

$250,000 loss

St. Clair School

631 St. Clair

July 8,1961

3rd Alarm and specials

$51,000 loss

Wachter Shoe Co.

428 Summit St.

January 28, 1961

3rd Alarm

$80,000 loss

Anthony Wayne Trail Fire- Gasoline Truck

Vinton and A.W.T.

June10, 1961

4 firemen killed - 3rd Alarm

$50,000 loss

Maumee Chemical Co.

# 2 Oak

May 10, 1962

3rd Alarm - 12 Civilians killed

$772,000 los

Toledo Sports Center

1516 Starr

February 9,1963

2nd Alarm and 4 specials

$500,000 loss

Overmeyer Warehouse and others

2131 Smead

June 23, 1964

4th Alarm and specials

$375,000 loss

W. T. Grant Co.

3010 Monroe Street

April 7,1964

3rd Alarm and specials

$410,000 loss

Norfolk and Western R. R. Shops

Fremont and Creston

January 1, 1966

2nd Alarm and 5 specials

$100,000 loss

Heating Trades Bldg.

1714 N. 12th Street

May 28, 1966

3rd Alarm and 3 specials

$381,000 loss

Foodtown Super Market

3911 Secor

January 17, 1967

2nd Alarm and specials

$259,000 loss

American Door and Sash Co.

901 Hoag

September 12, 1967

3rd Alarm and 1 special

$147,000 loss

BohI Equipment Co.

1020 Laskey Road

December 5,1967

3rd Alarm

$229,000 loss

Westgate Shopping Center

3301 W. Central

May 9, 1968

3rd Alarm

$765,845 loss

Cricket West Shopping Center

3151 W. Central

December 5,1970

3rd Alarm

$400,000 loss

Holly-House Apartments

410 Alexis -

April 1, 1971

2nd Alarm and 2 specials

 $229,506.96 loss

Joseph’s Super Market

2460 Cherry Street

July 9, 1971

2nd and 1 special

$348,414.39 loss

Elm Storage

2631 Harleau

February 18, 1972

3rd Alarm and 5 specials

$543,391.00 loss

Hagerty Bowling Lanes

1121 Jackson

June 12, 1972

3rd Alarm and specials

$646,500 loss

Port Lawrence Bldg.

206 Michigan

June 14, 1972

2nd Alarm and specials

$301,000 loss

Vroman Foods Inc.

4117 Fitch

July 4,1972

2nd Alarm

$342,000 loss

Vinlast Corporation

2077-2135 Smead

May 14, 1973

3rd Alarm and 4 specials

$1,280,000 loss

Mancy Restaurant

937 Phillips

August 14, 1973

2nd Alarm and 4 specials

$500,000 loss

Interlake Steel Co.

2401 Front

December 23, 1974

2 dead and 10 injured

$900,000 loss

Paul Minor Floral Supply

1301-09 W. Bancroft

April 7,1974

2nd Alarm

$204,859 loss

Starr Lumber Co.

1701-15 Starr -

October 23, 1974

3rd Alarm and specials

 $117,340 loss

Same fire - Nordman Roofing Co.

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$39,673 loss

Kent Branch Library

3026 Collingwood

December 1,1974

3rd Alarm and specials

$548,484 loss

Apex Bolt and Machine Co.

1007 Front

April 24, 1975

2nd Alarm and specials

$103,100 loss

Sacred Heart Church

509 Oswald

May 18, 1975

2nd Alarm and specials

$350,000 loss

Wayne Lumber Co.

202 Canal

June 18, 1975

3rd Alarm

$220,000 loss

Barrett Shoe Company/ Main Restaurant

133-35 Main Street

June 26, 1975

2nd Alarm and specials

$155,200 loss

Bismac International, Inc.

1011 Utica

September 4, 1975

3rd Alarm

$417,000 loss

Lucas County Lumber Co.

2216 Counsaul St.

June 9,1976

3rd Alarm and specials

$265,000 loss

 

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