Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The 1894 King-Quale Elevator Fire
On the night of January 3, 1894, Toledo's largest fire broke out in the massive King-Quale grain elevator. A westward wind from the Maumee River drove flames toward the center of Toledo's business district. The blaze destroyed several buildings including the Chamber of Commerce and the West and Truax building. Despite the best efforts of city firefighters using horse-drawn steam pumpers, the fire continued until a serendipitous shift in the winds allowed the firefighters to contain the conflagration.
The Toledo Fire Department's Captain James Fraser died fighting the fire. Fraser was among Toledo's many Irish settlers, arriving in the city in 1850 at the age of 14. He served his adoptive homeland as a soldier in the 130th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and became a Toledo firefighter in 1872. Captain Fraser was last seen entering the burning elevator at the intersection of Water and Madison streets. Despite many days of sifting through the ashes and debris, his body was never found.
Erected 2012 by The Tracy Family and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 61-48.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 3, 1894.
Location. 41° 39.01′ N, 83° 31.963′ W. Marker is in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Water Street, on the right when traveling east on Madison Avenue. The marker is at the north entrance to Promenade Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Water Street, Toledo OH 43604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Port Lawrence / Fort Industry, 1805 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Site of Toledo's Oldest Black Institution / Warren African Methodist Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); The Blade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Toledo (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lucas County Catholic War Veterans Memorial Flagpole (approx. 0.4 miles away); Project Blue Light (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lucas County (approx. 0.4 miles away); James A. Rhodes Plaza (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
Also see . . . Toledo Firefighter Captain James Fraser. Excerpt:
After his death, Captain Jim's legacy of service and devotion was carried(Submitted on May 2, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 2, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.