Fire Horses Die

The Daily Republican - June 6, 1916 

The two best of three fire horses Fire horses dieowned by the city were instantly killed late Monday evening when they stepped on a live wire at the corner of Broadway and Lorimier Street.

The fire wagon was making a trip to answer a fire call for the Republican Newspaper office. The storm had torn a wire carrying the full current of the electric lighting system of the city and it fell across the street. The horses were driven into the wires because the streets were unlit due to the storm.

Fireman George French was driving the Wagon and received a momentary jolt of electricity but was uninjured. Martin Oberheide and Casey Ransom were behind him on the wagon and also were uninjured. Other members quickly extinguished the small fire.

Information provided Courtesy of the Southeast Missourian


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