Firemen Delayed


This file appears in: Collinwood School Fire
Firemen Delayed

On the morning of the fire that destroyed Lakeview Elementary, firemen were delayed in getting to the school. The horses that were needed to pull the gasoline fire engine had to be gathered from the fields. When the firemen got to the scene, they realized their ladders were not long enough to reach the second story, and their hoses were leaky, making it difficult to extinguish the flames that traveled from the basement to the top of the school. Finally, they had forgotten their ax and could not break down the back entrance where many of the children were found to have burned to death.

Image Courtesy of Cleveland State University. Michael Schwartz Library. Special Collections.


This file appears in: Collinwood School Fire